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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TOPICS: Apple, CXO, Hardware
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  • With the bottom panel removed, we get our first look inside the Apple Magic Trackpad. We can see the main logic board, white plastic support structure, "mouse-click" hinge plate, and the underside of the touch surface.

    Photo credit: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
  • Looking at the internal side of the Trackpas's bottom panel, we can see the four tabs and two circular rubber feet. Unfortunately, I broke two of the tabs when removing the panel.

    As the panel is primarily help on with adhesive, it might actually have been better to pry the panel loose from the other end. Pulling it free from the frame and then sliding the tabs out of their corresponding slots.

    Photo credit: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
  • The circular rubber feet on the back of the Magic Trackpad serve two purposes--holding the pointing device in one spot and translating the physical motion of pressing down on the device into a mouse click.

    Photo credit: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic

Topics: Apple, CXO, Hardware

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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@...