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Photos of a new wireless multitouch "Magic Trackpad" input device -- an unannounced product rumored for months -- leaked Monday before Apple's WWDC 2010 keynote.

Engadget editor Joshua Topolsky revealed pictures of the device, which shares a similar design with Apple's wireless Bluetooth keyboard. The device appears to offer a large, multitouch input surface for Mac hardware.

"What we appear to be looking at is a brand new input device that Apple has dreamed up which connects to desktops (and laptops, if you like) via Bluetooth, much like the Apple Keyboard," Topolsky wrote. "If you take what you see in the photos at face value, it would seem that the folks in Cupertino are making a play for finger-based input in a big way -- taking the work they've done on Mac laptops and the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and translating it to the desktop realm."

The images also came with a tip that the device would support handwriting recognition, along with "every feature you can find on a Magic Mouse (and possibly features of a MacBook Pro trackpad)." The information reportedly came from a person who claimed to be personally testing it.

The pictures would seem to suggest that the hardware, first predicted by Daring Fireball's John Gruber last October, could be announced by Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs at today's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote.



The product name may already be known, too, as Apple filed a trademark for ownership of the name "Magic Trackpad" in February That naming corresponds with Apple's Magic Mouse, a multitouch device introduced by Apple last fall. The entire surface of the Magic Mouse can track independent fingers for activities like scrolling and zooming, much like an iPhone or iPod touch.



The multi-touch trackpad was first introduced to the MacBook Air family of notebooks, though it was later brought to the MacBook Pro and MacBook line of portable computers.

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Why is the apple logo stretched in the 2nd picture? That doesn't sit too well with me.

Because it's being viewed at an angle.
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photos of a new wireless multitouch "magic trackpad" input device -- an unannounced product rumored for months -- allegedly leaked monday before apple's wwdc 2010 keynote.

Engadget editor joshua topolsky revealed pictures of the device, which shares a similar design with apple's wireless bluetooth keyboard. The device appears to offer a large, multitouch input surface for mac hardware.

"what we appear to be looking at is a brand new input device that apple has dreamed up which connects to desktops (and laptops, if you like) via bluetooth, much like the apple keyboard," topolsky wrote. "if you take what you see in the photos at face value, it would seem that the folks in cupertino are making a play for finger-based input in a big way -- taking the work they've done on mac laptops and the iphone, ipod touch, and ipad, and translating it to the desktop realm."

the images also came with a tip that the device would support handwriting recognition, along with "every feature you can find on a magic mouse (and possibly features of a macbook pro trackpad)." the information reportedly came from a person who claimed to be personally testing it.

The pictures would seem to suggest that the hardware, first predicted by daring fireball's john gruber last october, could be announced by apple chief executive steve jobs at today's worldwide developers conference keynote.



The product name may already be known, too, as apple filed a trademark for ownership of the name "magic trackpad" in february that naming corresponds with apple's magic mouse, a multitouch device introduced by apple last fall. The entire surface of the magic mouse can track independent fingers for activities like scrolling and zooming, much like an iphone or ipod touch.



The multi-touch trackpad was first introduced to the macbook air family of notebooks, though it was later brought to the macbook pro and macbook line of portable computers.

first!
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first!

too slow
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I'm eager to know how big this device it... It might replace my ($300) wireless bluetooth tablet, for a lot less cash (I'm a teacher, and use the tablet as an input device while walking around the room-- MacOS supports handwriting recognition, so it's a great tool for making notes that the whole class can see, without having to stand at the board...)
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Seriously Apple, what's up with you lately? You've been leaking secrets like a sieve. Time to put the fear of God back into your suppliers.
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They should have incorporated a screen..
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post #9 of 102
I'd like to see this in action if it's real. First non-iDevice to hit prior to Apple's latest keynotes in a while.

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post #10 of 102
Can't wait to pre-order this if its real. I can't see myself using this as a mouse replacement, but I can see this being a great tool to augment my Magic Mouse.

Even with BetterTouchTool there are some things I'd like to split between two devices for specific functions. There are just certain gestures that BetterTouchTool has a hard time with and there are a lot of false positives. This (alleged) touch pad would completely alleviate that.
post #11 of 102
Looks real and good. I like what my trackpad on my MacBook Air can do. It could actually replace a mouse for all the productivity things. This would streamline the input for laptops, stand alones - and iMobiles. I am looking forward to trying one of those!
post #12 of 102
This is what I need to replace my old MBP. Going with a iMac or Mac Mini for the office, but can't deal with the Bamboo(zle) pad, and I am not going back to a mouse!
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I'm eager to know how big this device it... It might replace my ($300) wireless bluetooth tablet, for a lot less cash (I'm a teacher, and use the tablet as an input device while walking around the room-- MacOS supports handwriting recognition, so it's a great tool for making notes that the whole class can see, without having to stand at the board...)

I don't think it's much bigger than ~4'' in diagonal. This would make sense if it is aimed to replace the mouse in the long run.
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If it can somehow simulate a three-button mouse (middle in addition to left and right clicks), I'm there!

Nice clean Ive design! Clever, making the battery compartment the tilting prop!

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Am I the only one feeling sorry for Steve here? It's like when he had to introduce the unibody MacBooks and everybody knew about them already. The guy likes to make a show out of these keynotes, but with all those leaks, there isn't much to work with.

I love rumours & speculation, however the leaks are taking the fun out of it.
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post #16 of 102
I hope it comes in a wired version. I hate having to replace batteries every couple of weeks.
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I guess if it's real, I'd like to hear their use case. I always figured that the trackpad idea was the best that could be done with the constraints of a notebook computer. But once you can have a detached device, it seems that a more conventional mouse is a lot more efficient. Magic Mouse seems to offer the best of both worlds, the control of a regular mouse with multitouch gestures of Apple's trackpad.
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Looks like Apple is finally going to let me replace the Fingerworks iGesture pad I've had for the last few years. Thank you! Well, as long as it isn't overpriced like all Apple input devices seem to be...
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Am I the only one feeling sorry for Steve here? It's like when he had to introduce the unibody MacBooks and everybody knew about them already. The guy likes to make a show out of these keynotes, but with all those leaks, there isn't much to work with.

I love rumours & speculation, however the leaks are taking the fun out of it.

Just don't check the forums close to a keynote ...
post #20 of 102
Apple may as well just set up a webcam in their labs and save everyone the trouble.

As for a trackpad for desktops, what a ridiculous idea. Trackpads are HORRIBLE compromises for portable computers - the best of a very bad job etc. A mouse blows a trackpad away in every possible way every single time, and no I don't care about pinching/zooming/twiddling when I'm in 3D Studio Max or Photoshop.
post #21 of 102
I'll bite. Other then a Apple version of a wacom tablet, who in hell would carry it around instead of the mouse that comes with each unit?

I don't understand (and think it's a hoax).

I've got most of Apple's toys, and can see a use for those I have, not to mention I'm the President of the local MUG, and this just doesn't make sense to me. I can't think of anything I use or see, that this device would replace.

I do not like track pads anyway, so even if they came out with a portable track pad (for those who'd want it - instead of the mouse the have), I would not get one.

As for it being the "Surprise" at WWDC, damn I hope not, but I must admit, secrets seem to be something Apple doesn't have right now.

Hey maybe this was leak to throw us off-track from the REAL surprise

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post #22 of 102
The WWDC keynote by a thousand cuts.......:

PS: Very cool product. More $$ out the window.
post #23 of 102
I like the rumour going around that something like this would be used for the iPad (it feels weird when I pair a keyboard, use that and then still have to prod the screen to make things happen, maybe it's just me). Or even better a control for the rumoured new Apple TV!

I guess in terms of dimensions, if this thing is real it would be the same depth as the current wireless keyboard, so the two look nice and pretty next to each other. Quite a good idea actually, because rather than combining both items into one piece of hardware left and right handers can move things around as they want.
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I wonder if they are intentional leaks ( not the iPhone but the other stuff). If he has to talk about all of this, Safari 5, Xcode 4, new iPhone, new apple TV, new iTunes , new Mobile Me, Jobs would be there for days. Maybe some of this stuff is being leaked intentionally to, A - get the buzz going, and B - allow him not to have to spend alot of time on all these products during the keynote, I don't think I remember one where Jobs has had so much new stuff to talk about (if all the chatter is true that is).

It could also be a strategy to keep the forums buzzing while they slip something completely different under the radar.

Just sayin... I can't think they would be this porous without some of it being on purpose..
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first!

Welcome to my ignore list. FIRST person ever to earn that honor on this forum. Guess you actually really were first at something. LOL.

Re: the actual device: I WANT THIS. I prefer the MBP trackpad to a mouse any day.
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I like the rumour going around that something like this would be used for the iPad (it feels weird when I pair a keyboard, use that and then still have to prod the screen to make things happen, maybe it's just me). Or even better a control for the rumoured new Apple TV!

I guess in terms of dimensions, if this thing is real it would be the same depth as the current wireless keyboard, so the two look nice and pretty next to each other. Quite a good idea actually, because rather than combining both items into one piece of hardware left and right handers can move things around as they want.

In another forum it was suggested that this IS the new Apple TV. Although, there is a clear lack of an appleTV logo. - But it's a funny idea!

Anyway, I find it weird that this should be for the iPad - isn't that touchy enough?
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After the iPad keyboard, not a chance. The keyboard needs too much work. The biggest issue I have is if you don't hit the keyboard with the fleshy part of your finger, there's no response. Too slow as well. For an iPhone it's great, for the iPad, marginal at best, for my main Mac, not a chance.
post #28 of 102
Looks interesting! I just wish some of these secret products did not slip out right before Steve Job's announcements. I like the "surprise factor."
post #29 of 102
Are there any utilities out there to make a Touch or iPhone a trackpad? That would seem like a very useful utility - add in some way for apps to put buttons on the display and I think you'd have something pretty spiffy. If Apple wanted to get cute, they could make a library to do it at the OS level.

I've always been a trackball person, but multi-finger gestures are pretty nice. I'd be willing to give a desk based trackpad a try to see how the ergonomics work compared to a trackball.

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They should have incorporated a screen..

Wouldn't it be an iPad at that point?
post #31 of 102
This is nice and all... Handy, even... but it looks like it's constructed with no physical click mechanism... which means the only option is touch-to-click. A pure touch trackpad? I don't like it. Touch-to-click generates too many errors for me. I hope it's mechanical or pressure sensitive for clicking.
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I guess if it's real, I'd like to hear their use case. I always figured that the trackpad idea was the best that could be done with the constraints of a notebook computer. But once you can have a detached device, it seems that a more conventional mouse is a lot more efficient. Magic Mouse seems to offer the best of both worlds, the control of a regular mouse with multitouch gestures of Apple's trackpad.

My thoughts exactly.

Except when you are sitting on a couch and the screen is your tv...
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In another forum it was suggested that this IS the new Apple TV. Although, there is a clear lack of an appleTV logo. - But it's a funny idea!

Anyway, I find it weird that this should be for the iPad - isn't that touchy enough?

Got a link?

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Got a link?

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Yes, but be aware, it's a German forum:

http://maccommunity.de/beitrag/engad...kpad-t843.html
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first!

2005 called, they want their post back...
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Because it's being viewed at an angle.

Oh snap! Did you snap your fingers and snake you neck when you said that? Did I read some attitude in them words?

"IT WAS VIEWED AT AN ANGLE". OHHHHHHHH.
post #37 of 102
If this is real I can't wait to see some new applications suited for it... Other than the familiar stuff.
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My thoughts exactly.

Except when you are sitting on a couch and the screen is your tv...

Pair that thought with the rumor of an HDMI-featuring Mac Mini and... bingo.

I hope this thing can actually "snap" onto the wireless keyboard in that case, making them one big block.
post #39 of 102
Fake. Look at the second image: this would never be Apple design. DIfferent parts even look different. Not possible in the era of Apple unibody design.
post #40 of 102
Looks like one heck of a universal remote. Just a slate with no pre-defined UI.
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