With the introduction of the new Magic Keyboard accessory for the iPad, Apple is certainly looking to turn the iPad into a potential laptop alternative. This is because not only does the accessory come with a trackpad, but iPadOS has also been updated to support external devices like a mouse and trackpad-related accessories.
If you do plan to use the iPad Pro as a laptop alternative, then you might be interested to learn that Microsoft is working on bringing trackpad support to its Office apps. Through Apple’s beta testing service TestFlight, Microsoft is now beta testing trackpad support for both its Word and Excel apps on the iPad.
From what we can tell, it seems that this will bring it more in line with the desktop version of the apps. For example, the cursor on the display can change according to the field you’re hovering over, but it will also have the ability to disappear when your finger is not on the trackpad to help make it less distracting.
There’s no word on when this feature will be pushed out to the public, but if you are a Word or Excel user on the iPad, it seems that both apps are about to get a whole lot more functional with this upcoming update.