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My Flexible Friend, Now With More Flex

I’ve posted many times on Twitter about all of the various configurations I use my iPad in. Far too many times for many, I’m sure! When it comes to my iPad Pro, however, I may just have a new favourite setup …

The latest developer beta of iOS 13.4 introduced full trackpad support, which will be available to everyone next week. They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, so a video has got to be worth at least 2,000. I don’t know about you, but I don’t fancy writing 2,000 words, so I’ll let old Hair Force One himself, Craig Federighi, talk you through this gem of a feature.

Product videos like the one above always make whatever it is they’re showcasing seem so much better than it is in a real world setting, but I think this particular example doesn’t go far enough. I’ve only been using it for a day, but I’m already in love.

The iPad was, and is, first and foremost a touch device, but for me my iPad Pro is often a desktop device as much as it is a tablet, so further options to enhance the desktop experience are welcome. And boy does this enhance it. The multitude of available gestures afforded to you via a trackpad feel very well defined and quickly become second nature. A few minutes in and I was flying around the device like never before. While it’s all still early days, I’m excited to watch the iPad, and the way we interact with it continue to grow and evolve. The iPad really is going from strength to strength and the flexibility of the device really is quite incredible.

Seeing as the implementation was kept out of the public beta, and was essentially developed behind closed doors, it feels very robust for such a broad feature. It’s not without it’s bugs, but there’s nothing deal-breaking, that I’ve experienced at least. I lack the technical prowess to capture this myself, but believe me ehen I say thst this feature also includes some gorgeous liitle UI elements and transitions as the mouse pointer moves across icons, links, text and system / contextual menus and commands.

The introduction of iPadOS started the ball rolling on the evolution of the iPad, and iPadOS 13.4 helps it make a small, but at the same time huge leap forward in how people get things done with the device. Now ship that new Smart / Magic keyboard accessory darn it!