What it is: iOS 13 is rumored to offer mouse support to help turn the iPad into a full-fledged laptop computer.
The iOS operating system originally began life as a tablet operating system. Then Apple realized they could use this to create a phone operating system. After Apple introduced the iPhone, it was easy to release the iPad running the same iOS software.
As the iPhone and iPad have evolved, their shared iOS is starting to cause problems. The iPad has gotten bigger and more capable to the point where it can replace a laptop computer for some people. Yet the iPad is still tied down to iOS.
While this shared operating system makes it easy for apps to run on both devices and it makes it easy for developers to create apps, the operating system isn’t optimized for either the iPhone or iPad.
What will likely happen is that Apple will split iOS into an iPhone and an iPad operating system that will continue sharing the same foundation. This will allow Apple to optimize iOS for each device.
That’s why iOS 13 is rumored to offer mouse support. While some people believe this would allow people to use an iPad like a laptop, it could also mean that Apple is planning to release a laptop computer based on iOS.
Apple will eventually shift away from Intel processors and move to their own A-series ARM-based processors. Now that ARM-based processors are getting faster than Intel processors while consuming less power, it’s only a matter of time before ARM processors surpass Intel processors in speed and power. When that happens, why would anyone want to handicap themselves with a slower, energy-consuming processor from Intel when they could use a faster, energy-efficient processor from ARM?
So the rumored mouse support for iOS might not be just for the iPad but for the rumored Macintosh computer that will switch to ARM processors.
If Apple releases a computer that uses ARM processors, it only makes sense to run iOS instead of macOS. The future is ARM processors (not Intel) and the future is iOS (not macOS).
The ARM-based Macintosh may not come out this year or next, but it’s coming within the next five years. When that happens, Intel-based computers will look antiquated, slow, and obsolete next to ARM-based devices running modern operating system like iOS.
So if mouse support does arrive for iOS 13, it may not be just for the iPad. It may be for a future laptop that Apple has yet to release.