Review: Apple's new Magic Trackpad

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  • galleygalley Posts: 971member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by maccherry View Post


    Check this out yall.

    What if a piece of software is made that allowed you to special swipe for a virtual numeric keypad you can see on the screen? Oh my god!!!!!!!



    You may be able to draw the numbers and add, subtract, multiply and divide symbols, like a Palm Pilot.
  • john.bjohn.b Posts: 2,617member
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    Originally Posted by Ireland View Post


    Cause mice are better than trackpads.



    Isn't it great that we get to decide for ourselves which we prefer?



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Galley View Post


    You may be able to draw the numbers and add, subtract, multiply and divide symbols, like a Palm Pilot.



    Ewww!
  • libertyforalllibertyforall Posts: 978member
    Yea, I read that too, but it breaks tradition for Apple -- usually they at least support the previous OS version!!!



    Who has plugged one into a PPC Mac -- any support at all? Any third party support upcoming? ;-)





    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DCJ001 View Post


    Specs for Apple's Magic Trackpad require a Mac running OA X 10.6.4.



    No PPCs.



  • sheffsheff Posts: 1,407member
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    Originally Posted by xSamplex View Post


    BTW, just call it a track pad. Calling it "magic track pad" throughout the column makes you sound like an Apple shill. Seriously. It's embarrassing.



    Yup the naming direction is not to my liking either. I think its a plug for Disney, but honestly I would have preferred Apple trackpad instead or some variation of that.
  • sector7gsector7g Posts: 144member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by xSamplex View Post


    BTW, just call it a track pad. Calling it "magic track pad" throughout the column makes you sound like an Apple shill. Seriously. It's embarrassing.



    the product name is called magic track pad. thats why when its referred to on here they say magic track pad.





    http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC380?mco=MTg1ODA3NDY
  • sofabuttsofabutt Posts: 99member
    This will go the same way as that overpriced web cam Apple made years back. Doomed to fail.
  • sector7gsector7g Posts: 144member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Sofabutt View Post


    This will go the same way as that overpriced web cam Apple made years back. Doomed to fail.



    why did the isight go away? oh yeah it was installed in every model of computer apple that came with a screen.
  • yensid98yensid98 Posts: 302member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Sofabutt View Post


    This will go the same way as that overpriced web cam Apple made years back. Doomed to fail.



    If you thought iSight was overpriced back then, you'd better not look at what it goes for on eBay now. Funny how Apple's "failed" products wind up fetching more on the secondary market than many new similar products.
  • drumrobotdrumrobot Posts: 31member
    There's a program called Inklet that turns MacBook trackpads into pen tablets... I'm willing to bet that it would work with the Magic Trackpad as well.

    tenonedesign.com/inklet.php

    There's a trial version; the full version costs $25.00. You can also use it with a Pogo Stylus for more features.

  • rmfinermfine Posts: 1member
    Is it me or does the Magic Trackpad seem a little over scaled? May be Apple should have called it the Big Mac Trackpad.
  • christophbchristophb Posts: 1,366member
    Someone needs to make a numpad transparency for that thing and some software so it can be activated to be used along side a laptop or the wireless keyboard.



    Oh, maybe I shouldn't have posted this.



    -Chris



    P.S. The fact that this and the mouse take batteries, I'm less convinced they use magic.
  • the_snitchthe_snitch Posts: 33member
    a use-case for this trackpad that may not be immediately obvious to many readers is using the trackpad for the input of chinese characters.



    Apple added in 10.6 the ability to draw chinese characters on your trackpad, and recognize them/show suggestions. This feature originally came from the iPhone.



    Until now, there was no way for desktop users to make use of this feature.



    Who says Apple doesn't care about the chinese market? *cough* Lenovo *cough*
  • myapplelovemyapplelove Posts: 1,515member
    A stunning and much needed device.
  • glockpopglockpop Posts: 69member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by xSamplex View Post


    BTW, just call it a track pad. Calling it "magic track pad" throughout the column makes you sound like an Apple shill. Seriously. It's embarrassing.



    That's the name of the product, asshole.
  • bigdaddypbigdaddyp Posts: 810member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Sofabutt View Post


    This will go the same way as that overpriced web cam Apple made years back. Doomed to fail.



    I don't remember the reason those isights were discontinued but they seemed to sell ok and I have seen them selling used for more then their original price. Not exactly what I would call a failure.



    Of course that has nothing to do with wether or not this product is a success. I predict they will sell a million + in the next year.
  • christophbchristophb Posts: 1,366member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bigdaddyp View Post


    I don't remember the reason those isights were discontinued but they seemed to sell ok and I have seen them selling used for more then their original price. Not exactly what I would call a failure.



    Of course that has nothing to do with wether or not this product is a success. I predict they will sell a million + in the next year.



    I loved my iSight camera. Expensive yes, but what's new given the volume we're talking. Feature rich and who couldn't dig on how they mounted to the cinema displays.



    oh, and I'm one buyer so you 999,999 to go!
  • gchristegchriste Posts: 43member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ChristophB View Post


    I loved my iSight camera. Expensive yes, but what's new given the volume we're talking. Feature rich and who couldn't dig on how they mounted to the cinema displays.



    oh, and I'm one buyer so you 999,999 to go!





    Make that 999,998.



    Great device. I use a MBP at work all day and have a mouse sitting next to it I never use because I prefer its trackpad.



    Now my iMac can get some trackpad love.
  • christophbchristophb Posts: 1,366member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gchriste View Post


    Make that 999,998.



    Great device. I use a MBP at work all day and have a mouse sitting next to it I never use because I prefer its trackpad.



    Now my iMac can get some trackpad love.



    I wonder if we can hit 1 million posts in this thread. . .



    -C
  • nottylerdurdennottylerdurden Posts: 30member
    Somebody's thinking:



    http://tenonedesign.com/
  • lewysblackmorelewysblackmore Posts: 351member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bigdaddyp View Post


    I don't remember the reason those isights were discontinued but they seemed to sell ok and I have seen them selling used for more then their original price. Not exactly what I would call a failure.



    Of course that has nothing to do with wether or not this product is a success. I predict they will sell a million + in the next year.



    Apple started building the webcams into the devices themselves.
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