iOS developer Matthias Ringwald has released a new jailbreak tweak called BTC Mouse & Trackpad that allows you to control your iOS device with a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad. In addition, you can use a Bluetooth keyboard and a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad at the same time, which can help make your mobile device feel more comfortable to use while at home if you prefer the computer-style controls. Check out the video demonstration above.
When you install the tweak, you will be able to pair Bluetooth computer mouse and trackpad devices with your iOS device along with any keyboards right from iOS’ native Bluetooth options in the Settings application. All Bluetooth HID keyboards and Bluetooth HID computer mice that Apple has supported since iOS 3.2 will work with BTC Mouse & Trackpad. The tweak also supports all of Apple's Bluetooth pointing devices such as the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad, but the developer warns that multi-touch gestures aren't supported yet.
The tweak has the ability to automatically reconnect, so even when your device is in sleep mode, you can use your Bluetooth device, such as a mouse or trackpad, to wake up your device and click and drag to unlock the lock screen.
As you use the mouse, your movement will be duplicated on the iOS device’s screen with a pointer just like on your personal computer. Clicking will perform the same action as tapping. In certain applications, even the scroll wheel in the middle of the Bluetooth mouse can be used.
While using a Bluetooth mouse, the buttons perform the following functions:
- Left button
- Performs a tap
- Right button
- Performs the function of the home button
- Middle button
- Switches vertical movements to zooming in and zooming out
- Scroll wheel
- Pages through the home screen and performs zooming function in applications
BTC Mouse & Trackpad will be useful for people that use Jump Desktop, as it is fully compatible and allows you to use the Bluetooth mouse to control the remote desktop right from your iOS device. BTC Mouse & Trackpad will also support remote right clicking, which is done much easier with a mouse than using the touch controls given to you normally.
Another unique feature that BTC Mouse & Trackpad comes with is presentation mode, which can be enabled from your Bluetooth settings when you install the tweak. With presentation mode, you can turn your left and right clicks into left and right swipes for moving between presentation slides in applications such as Apple’s Keynote.
As a special offer, if you currently own the BTstack Keyboard package in Cydia, then BTC Mouse & Trackpad can be yours for 50% off. The regular price of BTC Mouse & Trackpad is $4.98 and it’s available in the BigBoss repo today. BTC Mouse & Trackpad will work on iOS 4.0 to iOS 5.1.1 on the following devices:
- iPod touch 2G
- iPod touch 3G
- iPod touch 4G
- iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4S
- iPad 2
- The new iPad
BTC Mouse & Trackpad is a totally cool tweak; check it out if you have some Bluetooth hardware laying around!
Sources: Matthias Ringwald