Jailbroken iPad gets Apple Magic Mouse support
Redmond Pie decided to try out BTstack Mouse on a Jailbroken iPad and the results were promising:
First a Nintendo Wiimote, then an external HDD, now BT mouse. Is there anything Jailbreak can't do?
Check out Ally's Spirit Jailbreak guide, and TiPb's Jailbreak forum for more, and the link below for step-by-step BTstack for iPad instructions.
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Not really -- PS2 games directly comparable (and superior) to PS1 games in all contexts, whereas UI metaphors can be better or worse, depending on the user and use case. You, Macboy15 (and probably most users) would never do this, but some will find it useful.
One reason to do this would be if you are using your iPad as a laptop/desktop replacement for typing-intensive tasks. If you have an iPad, try word processing (not occasional sentences, but long form documents, at least 30 minutes at a stretch) for a while, both with the on-screen keyboard and the external one. For that use case, the on-screen keyboard is much less efficient than a a full size, external keyboard; the on-screen one may only be slightly harder to type on one, but, more importantly, you have to move your hands off the surface or hover between input; you cannot rest your hands on the keys when not typing. This is not a big issue for short bursts of input, or even for occasional longer voluntary typing, but for a job with hours of typing at a stretch, it is a big deal.
Now, once you have your keyboard on your desk, the question then becomes what is the most efficient model for cursor interaction. I am no kinesiologist, but it is hard to argue that moving your hand 10 inches, extending your elbow, holding fingers at or near head height, and swiping and holding directly on the screen long term be as efficient or better on the shoulder and wrists than moving the hand three inches to the mouse and using a finger. The iPad metaphor just does not serve those people well.
That it does not is not a "flaw" in the iPad per se, just that the iPad was designed with different priorities and without those specific concerns. You can argue that these sorts of concerns affect a vanishingly small number of people, and you would probably be right. You can argue that these people should not be using their iPads for tasks that lend themselves better to a regular computer, and you might also be right, though I would argue that it is up to the purchaser, and if they want to buy iPad's and stretch them, they can. Ideas that fail will be forgottenl, and ideas that succeed can be refined and incorporated.
This is why Apple will not (and probably should not) ever try to crush jailbreaking totally -- it is the best money on R&D and feature marketing they never have to spend.