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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  • The picture shows the Magic Trackpad's power button, the internal support structure, and thin metal tab held in place by the screw we removed from the top of the Magic Trackpad.

    Photo credit: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
  • Looking at the device from the side, you can see the Magic Trackpad's Multi-Touch surface--the darker gray layer onto of the shinny aluminum frame. This surface is help onto the frame with adhesive. To remove the surface, I would need to heat the adhesive. As this would likely damage the device beyond repair, I'm going to leave the surface in place.

    Besides, there's nothing really to see on the underside of the surface other than adhesive. You can see much of the touch surface's underside through the internal support structure.

    Photo credit: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
  • The Apple Magic Trackpad is definitely a unique touch interface device. It's somewhere between a Wacom tablet and a mouse.

    Unfortunately, there's not much inside the user-serviceable. Other than replacing the batteries, the device shouldn't require much, if any, routine maintenance.

    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@...