Apple Magic Trackpad teardown

Apple Magic Trackpad teardown

Summary: Apple's Magic Trackpad bring gestures to the Mac desktop computer. Bill Detwiler cracks open Apple's Multi-Touch trackpad in this teardown gallery.

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  • Using a large Phillips screwdriver or plastic spludger (as shown in this photo), unscrew the battery compartment cap.

    Photo credit: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
  • The Magic Trackpad requires two AA batteries to run, and Apple provides them with the device. Those who really want to go green can replace the standard batteries with rechargeable ones. Apple will even sell you a battery charged and six AA NiMH batteries for $29 (US).

    Photo credit: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
  • Our first step in cracking open the Magic Trackpad is removing the white plastic panel from the bottom of the device. Using a thin metal or plastic spludger or iPod/iPhone case opening tool, you should be able to pry loose the panel's bottom edge. The panel has four tabs that slide into slots on the Magic Trackpad's metal frame. Gently work your way around the bottom edge, releasing all the tabs and prying the white panel away from the metal frame.

    Photo credit: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
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  • Yawn...

    What's with these "teardown" stories?

    Seriously, I don't care what the board looks like in a device.
    trickytom2
    • RE: Apple Magic Trackpad teardown

      @trickytom2 Yes, but the "true" tech enthusiasts among us do. We like to see what makes things tick. It also saves us the trouble of taking them apart ourselves to see what's inside of it. :P
      wcecsharp@...
      • Big Deal...

        @wcecsharp@...

        All tech is essentially the same, visually. A clamshell of plastic, a mainboard, and four screws...what a thrill.
        trickytom2
    • RE: Apple Magic Trackpad teardown

      ...double post, crap. :P
      wcecsharp@...