Mouse support in iOS 13 and iPadOS includes USB and Bluetooth devices


Apple on Tuesday elaborated on mouse support in iOS 13 and iPadOS, saying both USB and Bluetooth devices will be recognized by the operating systems. The company made it clear, however, that the feature is designed specifically for a subset of users who have difficulty interacting with touch screen interfaces.


According to reporter Steven Aquino, Apple emphasized that mouse support in iOS and iPadOS is an accessibility feature, not a nicety created for the general iPad user.

The feature is “[m]eant for users who literally cannot access their devices without a mouse, joystick, whatnot,” Aquino said in a tweet.

More specifically, mouse support is designed as a stand-in for touch input, not traditional cursor control as found on Mac. Indeed, a short video posted to Twitter by developer Steve Troughton-Smith on Monday showed mouse input mimicking finger touch events in the first beta version of iPadOS.

“This is not your old desktop cursor as the primary input method,” Apple said, according to Aquino.

That said, the company appreciates mainstream media coverage of its Accessibility work.

Apple confirmed both wired USB and Bluetooth mouse models will work in iOS and iPadOS, though the company has not compiled an official list of compatible devices, Aquino said. That includes Apple’s own Magic Mouse. Interestingly, Troughton-Smith on Monday discovered the feature works, at least unofficially, with Apple’s Magic Trackpad.

Apple told Aquino the “foundation” of mouse support in iOS and iPadOS goes back “a couple years.”

Mouse integration can be enabled through the AssistiveTouch menu in iOS 13 and iPadOS, and will be available to users once those operating systems launch this fall.

Apple folds bug reporting into Feedback Assistant, discontinues Bug Reporter


In a major change to its bug reporting system, Apple on Monday announced the deprecation of its standalone Bug Reporter service, the capabilities of which are now folded into the Feedback Assistant app for iOS and Mac.


Detailed in Apple’s Bug Reporting webpage, the switch to Feedback Assistant enables developers to file bug reports, request APIs and more directly on iPhone, iPad, Mac or through the web.

In addition to generating a unique Feedback ID for tracking filed bugs, Feedback Assistant features automatic on-device diagnostics, more detailed bug forms, more status options and remote bug filing for Apple TV, HomePod and Apple Watch.

The Feedback Assistant app comes preloaded and is available from the home screen on current beta versions of iOS 13 and iPadOS, Apple says. On prior iOS versions, starting with iOS 12.4, users can enable the app by installing a beta profile.

On Mac, Feedback Assistant can be found in /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications, though developers can more easily access the app through Spotlight or the URL scheme applefeedback://. Additionally, the app is automatically added to the Dock and aliased in Utilities when enrolling a macOS system in beta builds with the Beta Access Utility, the website says.

With Feedback Assistant now the default method of bug reporting, Bug Reporter has been discontinued. Developers who filed reports through Bug Reporter can view and track those filings, including original text and attached files, by using the bug’s Problem ID.

Apple notes developer data has been stripped from certain bug reports as of late fall 2018 to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

WWDC19: The schedule

Apple will be welcoming attendees to the first day of its Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday with an early morning breakfast, followed by its public live streamed Keynote, lunch, a deeper dive into its latest technology in the Platforms State of the Union and then the Apple Developer Awards.


Stylized this year as “Dub Dub,” WWDC promises to blow minds with a flood of new ideas

Apple has finished advanced attendee registrations for Sunday. Delegates, media and special guests arriving tomorrow can also register their WWDC badge tomorrow starting at 6:30 a.m. Pacific. An early morning breakfast will be served starting at 5:45 a.m. through 9:30 a.m.

Public Keynote

Monday’s keynote presentation begins at 10a.m., hosted by Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook and a series of other executives, who will outline the company’s latest announcements related to its upcoming platform and technology releases, new hardware introductions and the company’s new services.

The new macOS, which should become available to the public this fall, will also support cross platform Apple Arcade video gaming titles, the company’s new TV app, a rethinking of iTunes, and will likely also include optimizations to make Macs work better with Apple TV and iOS devices via Continuity.

The keynote will also outline new features in iOS 13 and watchOS 6, including a Dark Mode for mobile devices; support for using iPad as a secondary display for Macs; new Health, Photos, and converged “Find My” features for locating devices, friends, and trackable tags; and, apparently, a new “mind-blown” Animoji effect, if that’s what the clouds of emojis erupting from various emoji faces pertains to.

Apple is expected to unveil its Mac Pro redesign, and it has already introduced fast new MacBook Pros, a refreshed A10-powered iPod touch, and enhanced new AirPods featuring wireless charging.

Viewers at home can follow the live stream of the keynote via the WWDC iOS app, a web browser, or using Apple’s Events app on Apple TV. Once the keynote ends, Apple will update the session names in the WWDC app, most of which are currently just placeholders.

Platforms SOTU and ADA

Following the keynote and a lunch break, Apple will send media reporters home and invite its WWDC attendees back at 2:30 p.m. for two hours of a more detailed and technical overview of its latest advances in core technologies and initiatives in the Platforms State of the Union.

Last year, the 2018 SOTU focused on the company’s work in privacy and security, including on-device intelligence and improved password management, as well as new software development features in Xcode 10, the roadmap for Swift 5, the new Dark Mode in macOS Mojave, new machine learning frameworks and features, ARKit 2 and the new USDZ format for 3D models used in augmented reality.

At 5 p.m., the 22nd annual Apple Developer Awards will honor works of iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS developers that represent the pinnacle of app design and innovation in taking full advantage of the company’s software platforms. Winners will be publicly announced Tuesday morning.

Tuesday sessions mentioned in the WWDC app schedule

Apart from the public sessions scheduled for Monday, Apple has so far only outlined a series of special sessions for the rest of the week in an effort to keep various subjects a surprise.

The day starts with a High Intensity Interval Training session and a [email protected] informal breakfast session open to everyone. It features Apple Entrepreneur Camp graduates and women attending WWDC with a scholarship. There are also two Accessibility Get-Togethers scheduled.

There’s a session scheduled to outline new features in the release of Swift Playgrounds 3, the latest version of the company’s iPad app for interactive learning with the fresh development languate. After sessions end on Tuesday, Apple will host a reception of music and drinks on the front lawn of the event.

Wednesday sessions

Wednesday, there’s an early morning run event scheduled, as well as a [email protected] informal breakfast discussion, open to all with a focus on building technology solutions for —. and encouraging tech careers among — members of underrepresented communities.

At noon, there will be a lunchtime Wellness Get Together as well as a presentation by Chris Downey, an architect who lost his vision after a surgery to remove a cancerous brain tumor. Downey will share insights into the world around him that resulted from his experiences, including the importance of universal inclusive design.

There are also Wednesday sessions that will detail designing for privacy, the new data representations available in HealthKit, and app distribution in ad-hoc and enterprise development. The day ends with a second Wellness Get Together.

Thursday sessions

Thursday begins with a yoga session and an informal [email protected] breakfast. There are two Get-Togethers focused on Education scheduled, as well as a lunch time session by NASA’s Dr. Ayanna Howard, the woman who lead the team developing an AI-powered robot planned to explore Mars.

There’s a session scheduled for Xcode Instruments, a tool used to troubleshoot and optimize app performance issues, as well as App Store Connect, the tool developers use to submit, manage, and distribute their apps. Another session will focus on moving OpenGL apps to Metal.

Thursday wraps up with the WWDC Bash concert from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the nearby Discovery Meadow.

Friday sessions

Friday features sessions on optimizing app storage, designing great Machine Learning experiences, managing Apple devices, and modeling custom Instruments. There os also a gender-inclusive app design get-together and a lunchtime conference by Brown Johnson, the creative director for Sesame Workshop, which has been producing Sesame Street over the last 50 years.

AppleInsider will be reporting live throughout WWDC 2019, starting with the keynote on Monday, June 3. Get every announcement as it happens by downloading the AppleInsider app for iOS, and by making sure to follow us on YouTube, Twitter @appleinsider, Facebook and Instagram.

iTunes social media blackout hints at app break-up at WWDC


Apple may have confirmed the breakup of iTunes into a collection of separate apps is in the works, by taking time in the days before WWDC to remove content from view on the main social media accounts associated with iTunes.

Rumors and leaks have hinted at Apple splitting apart its long-standing iTunes app into multiple separate elements, but outside of data mining finding evidence, there have been relatively few clues from Apple itself. Ahead of the WWDC keynote on Monday, Apple seems to have let slip something in its renovation.

As spotted on the Apple subreddit by u/MalteseAppleFan, posts on some of Apple’s social media pages for iTunes have started to disappear. While the post says “all” posts have gone, this is not quite true, but the changes strongly suggest some major renovations to its social media strategy are on the way.

The Facebook and Instagram pages for iTunes no longer include any posts for the service or its content at all. While basic social media images, like the profile logo and headers, exist, the Instagram profile also points users towards the AppleTV account for “more entertainment updates.”

The official iTunes Twitter account is in a mixed state, as it bears the same profile photo and header as the Facebook account, but it still has many posts. The last post made on the account was on May 22, but it has retweeted a few messages from the AppleTV account.

Apple is currently believed to be separating out its Music and Podcasts elements from iTunes on macOS, with an app for TV also touted, taking them out of the all-in-one iTunes app completely.

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