Considering the epidemic of coronavirus circulating in the United States and in other countries, Apple could not organize a keynote in order to unveil the iPad Pro 2020, the Magic Keyboard and the MacBook Air 2020. Thus, Craig Federighi, the vice president of Apple responsible for iOS and macOS, shared a video in order to demonstrate the capabilities of the new Magic Keyboard equipped with a trackpad.
In the demo, Craig Federighi reviews the different features available on the trackpad and explains why Apple added trackpad features to the iPad’s smart keyboard:
Our goal with iPad has always been to create a device so capable and versatile that it can become what you want it to be. And this versatility is based on the power of touch. But of course, we have many other ways to interact with the iPad, and sometimes you want to type. Nothing beats Magic Keyboard for typing. It is during typing that you appreciate the precision and ergonomics of a trackpad the most. Bringing mouse and trackpad support to iPadOS, we have thought deeply about how to bring a cursor into a tactile environment.
Craig Federighi explains that the cursor has the shape of a circle on the screen of the iPad, which, according to Federighi, is the most logical for the iPad and for a first tactile experience, because it imitates the fingertips. The cursor automatically encompasses the buttons when it passes over them for easy selection. It is not persistent on the screen; therefore, it only appears when the trackpad is touched.
Federighi also points out that the Magic Keyboard trackpad can do everything you could do too with gestures that can be performed on the screen. This includes access to applications in the Dock (by placing the cursor at the bottom), Slide Over (by placing the cursor at the far right), the Control Center (upper right corner), the gesture to switch from one application to another, as well as those to access the home screen and multitasking.
The vice president of Apple in charge of iOS and macOS also says that the trackpad is amazing for text ; with the cursor that turns into a specific tool for text editing purposes, il becomes super easy to select text, apply formatting and select entire blocks of text to drag and drop.
As you can imagine, many applications will also benefit from the trackpad. It is with this in mind that Apple plans to update its Pages, Keynote and Numbers applications.