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Old 03-26-2020, 11:36 PM   #1
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iPadOS 13.4: cursor support at last!

This is a game changer for me: no more cheesy Assistive Touch cursor. This is the real thing, and it is very slick. It is for all iPads running iOS 13.4.

Apple’s Craig Federighi demonstrates:

https://youtu.be/jijhJj_rNDI

I was able to pair my Magic Trackpad to my iPad mini (and even a stupid USB mouse with USB to lightening adapter), and it just works, and much better than expected.

4/2 finger gestures work just as with usual touch screen gestures, Control Panel, Notifications, Slide Over and Dock appear when you ‘push’ the cursor into the respective swipe zones. It’s a little tricky to hide Slide Over app (you have to give it a little ‘shove’), but I think I’m getting the hang of it.

You can also use mouse and trackpad at the same time.

External keyboard support improvements are not evident to me as yet. I’d like them for switching workspaces, etc, and hold for diacritics just like on macOS. Some of this will have to wait for App developers to take advantage of ‘access to keyboard events’.

[EDIT: I have just discovered Full Keyboard Access in Accessibility. Maybe it will do some of what I’m looking for.]

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Old 03-27-2020, 11:02 AM   #2
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I’m glad cursor control works for mice/trackpads, but it still blows chunks for finger use. I have no way to hookup a trackpad or mouse, and wouldn't if I could as I actually use my iPad as a tablet, not an underpowered laptop wannabe with lackluster tablet apps. And BTW, for anyone with a bit of age in their bones, most of those stupid multi-finger gestures they use are crap. I would need to hire an octopus to execute many of those, especially since I’ve got arthritis.

Over all I’m still highly annoyed and angered that iPadOS 13 basically destroyed the use of my iPad Pro 9.7", turning it into a slow, battery killing, POS that cannot seem to manage memory very well at all. Maybe it works well on newer iPads, but it pretty much is a fiasco for mine. So I have a single finger gesture for Apple on that!
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Old 03-27-2020, 01:00 PM   #3
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My wife’s hands were severely damaged with RA, and multi-touch gestures are basically impossible for her, so I can appreciate that a trackpad would do nothing for you. She uses a stylus almost all of the time to interact with her phone and iPad, but she doesn’t spend much time with either, preferring to do everything with her computer. She also uses styluses (pens etc.) to interact with the keyboard there, along with mouse.

Easy for me to say, but if my hands were unusual I believe that I would get more adept with voice control and dictation, which got a lot better in iOS 13. No doubt it falls short of perfection, but as with any physical challenge, there are no one size fits all solutions.

As it is, about 90% of my interaction with iPad Pro 12.9 involves using it with an external keyboard while it is on a desk (which makes touching the screen very un-ergonomic), so I’m looking for the sort of productivity (keyboard shortcuts) that have been standard for years with desktops and laptops. And we’re still not there. And I appreciate that none of that interests you.

Of course it is trivial to hook up a mouse, there are any number of inexpensive Bluetooth mice that would suffice. But that doesn’t work unless you use iPad on a stable surface, which I infer is not how you like to use yours.

For the hand-held scenarios, I like to have a stylus at hand for better precision (for my mini, that’s a Logitech Crayon).

Text selection by touch is the main difficulty I think everyone has, but if it is worse in iOS 13, I have no available basis for comparison. For me, a trackpad will mitigate this fully when I manage to de clutter my desk to make room for one (or get newer iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard, if that happens first).

As one example, support for this iOS 13 feature
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Text selection
Select text just by tapping and swiping. For quick sentence and paragraph selection, triple- or quadruple‑tap.
Is basically non-existant. App developers haven’t bothered to implement it. I would like to use it, but apart from Notes and maybe Pages, where does it actually work as described?

The 3-finger gestures for Copy/Cut/Paste - does anyone use them? It requires specific dexterity, maybe even classical pianists would be challenged. I admit I haven’t tried it very much as it does not intersect with my use cases much, given how much I rely on external keyboard.

Wonder if any of your issues are cataloged here:
https://labs.levelaccess.com/index.p...ibility_Issues

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