Video: connecting the original Macintosh keyboard and mouse to an iPhone

iDB reader Niles Mitchell took it upon himself to look at another new feature of iOS 13, mouse support, and what better way to do that than with the original Mac mouse and keyboard?

But will it work? Go ahead and watch the embedded video right now.

Just to make sure we’re on the same page, what you saw in this video was a successful attempt to connect the original Macintosh keyboard (model number M0110) and mouse (model number M0100) to an iOS device. For those wondering, Miles has used an adapter, which can be purchased from TinkerBOY, to connect the keyboard and mouse to his iPhone.

Check out iDB’s video editor Harris Craycraft testing out mouse support on his iPad.

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Any mouse or keyboard that takes advantage of the ubiquitous USB protocol can be connected via the wire or wirelessly in iOS 13 and iPadOS, including Apple’s own Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad and Magic Keyboard. Non-standard features, such as tapping and swiping across the Magic Mouse’s multitouch surface, may not work out of the box.

TUTORIAL: How to use a mouse with your iPhone or iPad

Since Apple unveiled the upcoming OS updates at WWDC 2019, Niles has put together half a dozen fun videos showing the Files app’s newly gained storage support on iOS 13 and iPadOS. This lets you connect digital cameras, external hard drives and other USB devices to your iPhone’s Lightning port (using a Lightning to USB cable) or your iPad’s USB-C port (using a USB-C cable or an adapter), boosting productivity of power users considerably.

Here’s a video showing iPhone working with a PSP console and a Casio graphing calculator.

In his other videos from the Files app series, Niles covers connecting such peripherals like the Sony Walkman and Apple’s iPod nano music player to an iOS device in order to copy music, Amazon’s Kindle e-reader to share books and Iomega’s Zip drive to access files on it.

Again, any accessory that exposes its storage to host devices by using the standard USB protocol should work just fine on your iPhone and iPad without having to install drivers or any special support software, just like on other platforms.

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