I think the mouse support is worse than what we had before (thanks to 1 big bug and 1 missing feature)
This is going to be controversial. I apologize for that.
I’ve had my Ipad for over a month now. I’ve been enjoying it a ton. Legit super happy, and was stoked to hear about the mouse support for ipadOS 14.3. I decided to try out the rudimentary mouse support in the accessibility settings pre update and found it pretty okay. I legit thought that if they would keep that function but make it auto-on when a mouse was hooked up and didn’t invert the scrolling it would be killer.
and then the update came out and wow, I think they broke more than they fixed.
First the positives:- The context sensitive cursor, while taking time to learn, is neat and i’m genuinely enjoying it alright. The option to turn it off for those of us not interested is also nice.- The scrolling being un-invertable is good.
– the actual cursor look is nicer. High contrast mode is good.
now the Negatives:
– Scrolling is straight up borked. Every time i switch apps (sometimes even just at random) the scrolling functionality just won’t work, or will work very very inconsistently. When it does work its very jittery. It was usable and pretty fine pre-update (sans inverted scroll) so i have no idea why its so bad now.
– Why can cursor acceleration not be disabled? I’ve tried every cursor speed and they all feel very bad to me. Like, for reference, i should be able to go to or close to a point based on intuition on how the pointer speed works, but the speeds of the pointer are super borked due to the acceleration. If i’m a hair too slow, it feels very sluggish. If i’m a hair too fast the cursor flies to the edges of the screen. Even just a toggle to disable this trash-tier acceleration would be great. It was fine before. I never had an issue pre-update with the acceleration of the cursor, and now its basically unusable b/c i get super frustrated just moving the damn thing the way i want to.
Legit, it feels like apple focused a lot on how the experience was on trackpads and dropped the ball hard wrt mouse users. they had a chance to make this great by doing tweaks to the systems they already had in place, but instead screwed it all up. Using a mouse should not be this frustrating, ever.
I hope apple will fix the scrolling inconsistency and allow the acceleration to be disabled, because then i think i would love this. But as is, its super disappointing. If you’re finding the mouse support great, good. but these two issues are super annoying. probably won’t use the feature until they are fixed/ implemented.
Edit: Did some extra testing, yeah scrolling is really inconsistent and unbearable. Small scrolls/ slow scrolling doesn’t register unless you disconnect and reconnect the mouse, and will only last until you switch apps (its also really choppy lookin’). Long scrolls seem to work fine, but scrolling normally/medium scrolling is super inconsistent. Sometimes it will scroll fine, then the next stroke it will go half the amount of last time, then it will go backwards and forwards. Its morbid. How did this get the okay after testing?