Just when you thought it was safe to get back into supporting politicians, along comes another one from New York. Good grief. There is no justice in the world. Oh, and what’s the deal with change? Is there ever a situation where we can control the change that comes upon us?
And what about copy and paste? Remember how easy that used to be. On the Mac, yes. Anywhere else, not quite so much. Well, rather than letting all those new-fangled gestures settle in to become habits, Apple has decided to change them. Again.
First, no more iOS for iPad. Now it’s iPadOS 13. Second, it has taken years to get used to the messy and imprecise fingertip control needed to cut, copy, and paste even on the iPad’s bigger display because, well, it just didn’t work right.
Second, I was glad to hear about mouse and trackpad support coming for iPad in iPadOS 13 but it may not matter. Other than to save your arm from inflammation and tendonitis.
iPadOS 13 does what you expect with cut and copy and paste.
Even the mouse pointer cursor works as expected. Instead of dropping a finger, holding a finger, then slowly moving the finger within that dumb-ass magnifying glass, it now works as if your finger is a mouse.
I can understand why. The iPhone came first and iPhone has a much smaller display. Now that iOS and iPhone are segregated from iPadOS and iPad, Apple is moving features where they belong.
On iPadOS 13 just touch a text field. The insertion point cursor drops in automatically. Do it three times and you’re a pro. It even gets bigger as you move it with your fingertip. Why? So you can see it under the fingertip.
Are you not glad that designer Sir J. Ive has moved on to adulthood? Outside of Apple? Now, it’s one thing to drop a finger onto text and get the cursor where you want it– almost obviating the need for a mouse pointer– but what about selecting text?
This works easy but requires some practice.
Double-tap a word and it gets selected. Triple-tap selects a sentence. Quadruple-tapping gets you the entire paragraph as a selection. It takes a bit more effort to do the copy and paste and undo routines, but in practice, the practice does not take much effort. Two fingers and a thumb to pinch and copy, and reverse the pinch– out– to paste.
All of these newfound tools work well, but require some mental consideration that is different than using point and click and copy and paste on a Mac.