Apple Magic Trackpad arrives

Apple Magic Trackpad arrives

Summary: Apple unveils the Magic Trackpad for desktop Macs - one of Apple's worst kept secrets!

TOPICS: Apple, Hardware

Apple unveils the Magic Trackpad for desktop Macs - one of Apple's worst kept secrets!


Some highlights:

  • Magic Trackpad is just like the trackpad on the MacBook Pro — but bigger. It’s made with the same advanced touch-friendly and wear-resistant glass surface. But with nearly 80 percent more area, it’s the largest Multi-Touch trackpad made by Apple. So there’s even more room for you to scroll, swipe, pinch, and rotate to your fingers’ content. And since the entire surface is a button that clicks, you can use it in place of a mouse.
  • It fits in perfectly. Magic Trackpad features the same sculpted aluminum design as the Apple Wireless Keyboard, and side by side the two sit flush at the same angle and height. Go from typing to gesturing in one motion, or do both at the same time. How perfect is that?
  • Effortless wireless. Magic Trackpad works using Bluetooth technology, so you don’t have to deal with an annoying cable that dictates where you place it. Once you pair Magic Trackpad with your Bluetooth-enabled Mac, you’ll enjoy a reliable, secure connection up to 33 feet away. Magic Trackpad detects periods of inactivity, and it’s equipped with an on/off switch. Together these features help to conserve battery life, so you can keep gesturing for months at a time.

Supports click, scroll, swipe and rotate.

This will set you back $69.

Topics: Apple, Hardware

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  • What's so Magic about it

    Does anyone other than me feel that Steve Jobs has an ego problem. Lately everything is magical.

    To keep on subject though I think I would rather still use a mouse and leave the finger gestures to a touch screen.
    • Why not use both at the same time?

      Since I'm right handed, I would use my mouse on the right side of the keyboard and the Magic Trackpad on the left side.

      All quick "detail or precision" cursor movements would be done thru the mouse interface while the "quick and grand sweeping" gestures that control pinching, rotating, quick page ups or downs and could be accomplished with the trackpad.

      I'm not saying the combination is ideal .. just that it could work.

      As for myself, I use Apple's Magic Mouse (there's that word again) with the "BetterTouchTool" multitouch plugin tool. Using that third party plugin allows Windows 7 type features such as window snapping (to full screen or one half screen width) and other multitouch options currently not offered thru Apple Magic Mouse software controls.
      • Just an update

        I purchased a Magic Trackpad today and tried it out on my system that includes an Apple Bluetooth Magic Mouse. Perhaps I was wrong in suggesting that the combination of a trackpad and mouse might be less than ideal. The combination is proving quite useful .. perhaps even ideal.

        Its sort of cool having two multitouch control surfaces working at the same time and with the addition of the enhanced multitouch gestures afforded by the trackpad, working with images just became a whole lot more useful and "entertaining.".

        Unfortunately, all it takes is money - the bane of all Apple products.
  • RE: Apple Magic Trackpad arrives


    Right. In a world where everything is designed for the mouse, I'm gonna want to go back to the trackpad. Not.

    These devices were designed to save space, not to provide the full functionality of a mouse.

    I suppose it's probably a bit easier on the Mac to do this, as it doesn't use the right mouse button as much. But I'm still not sure that it's the best experience.
    • you suppose wrong

      a mac user uses the right click as much as any pc user. get over your decade old bs.

      unless we don't have any buttons anymore, we simply touch the right side. i really don't miss the cheap, plastic click of a glued together piece of junk, a simple, smooth touch will do.
      banned from zdnet
      • RE: Apple Magic Trackpad arrives

        @banned from zdnet

        I generally buy Logitech. Their mice are very nice. I generally prefer functionality over "ooh, it has a nice feel."

        Not that Logitechs feel bad at all =). Mine is very comfortable, thanks.
  • RE: Apple Magic Trackpad arrives

    That's not so bad.
    I was expecting $120.

    If it works as well as my MBP touchpad, it will be swchweet!
    I think there was once a touchpad,(can't remember the name now, but it was from the Newton age, I believe), it didn't have multigesture. Saw one on ebay once, it got bought by one of those Apple gadget archiver=collector people.
    This looks like the modern version of that.

    *cue in the no-life nay-sayers and bashers now*
  • Magic? Boring!

    Sorry, this is just sad.
  • RE: Apple Magic Trackpad arrives

    Touch pads are a pain to use, give me a good mouse any day.
  • RE: Apple Magic Trackpad arrives

    I'm already using the Magic Mouse and it's free form touch surface. Frankly not gripping a mouse will do wonders for my carpal tunnel. On the other hand I've never been a fan of the touch pad being used to double click or click and drag so I'm not sure how I'll like this. At least it will be to my right instead of the center.
    As for everything being designed for a mouse...have you ever used a laptop's trackpad? I understand even on PeeCee laptops they've finally gotten away from trackballs and little rubber erasers stuck in the keyboard.
  • This sounds fantastic!

    I'm definitely getting one to go along with my wireless Apple keyboard!