Apple Magic Trackpad: multitouch for desktops; $69

Apple Magic Trackpad: multitouch for desktops; $69

Summary: Apple on Tuesday unveiled its Magic Trackpad, a multitouch trackpad for desktop computers.

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Apple on Tuesday unveiled its Magic Trackpad, a multitouch trackpad for desktop computers.

Intended for Mac users, the peripheral uses the same technology as the trackpad on the MacBook Pro (which, drawing from personal experience, is quite lovely) -- that means all the gestures. Like the MacBook, the entire thing is a button, and clicks accordingly.

The wireless device connects to a Mac using Bluetooth, and is about twice the size of a laptop trackpad. It's made in the same aluminum style as Apple's latest keyboard, meaning there's plenty of design continuity when they're sitting side by side on your desk.

If you weren't convinced by the Magic Mouse, this might do the trick. It's available now for $69.

Topics: CXO, Apple, Hardware

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  • What's in a name.

    It better work well because "Tragic MacPad" is just too easy.
    nlefevre
  • RE: Apple Magic Trackpad: multitouch for desktops; $69

    Interesting. I'm reading this sitting on my couch, typing into a Windows PC I use as our media center. This gadget might be just the ticket for mousing on the couch arm since a regular Bluetooth mouse is a little awkward.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't look like Apple is providing drivers, but I wonder if it'll just show up as a Human Interface Device in Windows anyway.
    David Gewirtz
    • Why do I even try to help you?

      @David Gewirtz

      David, David, David ... you really don't know how to do basic research do you?

      Try this link for your Windows 32 and 64 bit drivers. It can be found on Apples software support page.

      http://support.apple.com/downloads/
      kenosha77a
  • Or... you could look past the Apple brand...

    Wacom's Bamboo Touch was doing this a year ago - and the Bamboo Pen + Touch adds a full digitiser pen to the mix for precision drawing and writing as well as multitouch.
    TheWerewolf
    • So true!

      @TheWerewolf

      I've been using Wacom products for years. As you said, their pen works beautifully; very accurate and very sensitive.
      trickytom2
    • RE: Apple Magic Trackpad: multitouch for desktops; $69

      @TheWerewolf
      That Bamboo Pen + Touch looks great! I like Apple gear but if the Wacom's multitouch is as good I would go that route. Do they make a cordless model?
      rfoto
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  • A work of art...

    I don't own an Apple (pretty rare in Malta), but this is beautiful... if there was a way to connect to a pc... (dreaming...)
    grillomalta1
  • Trackpads are crap

    I am disable so using a trackpad over a mouse is hard and a no go for me. A lot of people not just handicap uses mouses due to issues they have with pads.<br><br>beside it as big as a keyboard that makes really crazy to have on a desk.
    Randalllind
  • RE: Apple Magic Trackpad: multitouch for desktops; $69

    This was NEEDED...the new Apple pointing controls increasingly rely on being able to use your fingers to do things like zooming and scrolling. Macbooks, iPads, and even iPod touches (one of which I bought this weekend for my son's birthday) all have this functionality built in...but desktops still have mice. I bet this provides an indicator where the overall Mac OS environment is headed.
    michael.tindall
  • RE: Apple Magic Trackpad: multitouch for desktops; $69

    @ Randalllind
    "Trackpads are crap"<br><br>What a ridiculously stupid statement. Why make such a declarative statement for something that is clearly a personal opinion?<br>"I am disable so using a trackpad over a mouse is hard and a no go for me. A lot of people not just handicap uses mouses due to issues they have with pads."<br><br>And even more use trackpads for the same reason, so what is your point. By your own metric, mice suck.<br><br>"beside it as big as a keyboard that makes really crazy to have on a desk."<br><br>Um, no it isn't.
    DeusXMachina