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Released Tuesday, Apple's Magic Trackpad acts just like a bigger version of the multi-touch trackpads found on the company's notebook computers, though it does include one new, unique gesture for moving windows.

The customizable device can have certain features enabled or disabled through software, including options such as tap-to-click. Like the trackpad on a current MacBook or MacBook Pro, the entire surface can be pushed for a physical click as well.

According to Engadget, the hardware also comes with one exclusive new feature: a three-finger gesture that allows users to drag windows around quickly.

Much like can already be done on a Mac desktop via the Magic Mouse, the Magic Trackpad offers standard multi-touch gestures, including two-finger scrolling, pinch to zoom, rotate, and three-finger swiping. Users can also invoke Expose or switch between applications by using four fingers, all capabilities previously found on the company's notebook multi-touch trackpads.

In the Magic Trackpad's software settings, users can enable or disable tap to click, dragging, drag lock, a localized secondary click (such as tapping in a specific corner of the trackpad). Other features include inertia-based scrolling, screen zoom, pinch to open and close, and the aforementioned new three-finger dragging.



"It's made with smooth, wear-resistant glass that feels great to the touch," Apple said. "And its nearly 80 percent larger than the built-in trackpad on the MacBook Pro, giving you plenty of room to perform gestures. Because the entire surface of Magic Trackpad is a button, you can click on objects just as you would using a traditional mouse. And Magic Trackpad sits at the same height and angle as the Apple Wireless Keyboard, so you can go from trackpad to keyboard in one seamless motion."

The $69 wireless device works with any Bluetooth-enabled Mac, and can be connected up to 33 feet away. The device also detects periods of inactivity to conserve battery life, and has a dedicated on-off switch. Apple has said that the device will operate for "months at a time" without the need to replace its AA batteries.



In addition to two AA batteries -- which are included, and which Apple now sells in a rechargeable form -- the new Magic Trackpad requires users to have a Bluetooth-enabled Mac running Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.4 and the latest software update.
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According to Engadget, the hardware also comes with one exclusive new feature: a three-finger gesture that allows users to drag windows around quickly.

We won't ask what that "three-finger gesture " is--will we????
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we won't ask what that "three-finger gesture " is--will we????

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Released Tuesday, Apple's Magic Trackpad acts just like a bigger version of the multi-touch trackpads found on the company's notebook computers, though it does include one new, unique gesture for moving windows....

I would so have bought this *last* year when people were wondering why Apple didn't make anything like this.

Now that the Magic Mouse is out though I don't see the point (at least for me). Obviously this can be programmed with more complex gestures, but it's so rare that anyone needs anything more than left-click, right-click, and scroll.

This will keep all those multi-button mouse folks and the (shudder) laptop users happy I guess.
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We won't ask what that "three-finger gesture " is--will we????

The "Three-Finger Gesture" - the biggest breakthrough in personal computing since Microsoft introduced the "Three-Finger Salute" - Control-Alt-Delete - that made a useless Windows computer work again !!!
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I am pretty sure that with 4-5 fingers you can drag those nasty windows even faster
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It would have been nice to have designed this so that it could be easily affixed to the end of my (proportionally tiny) iMac 27 keyboard.

Maybe there's a Mac keyboard/trackPad combo slated for a later date...
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I have to believe Apple has looked at the increase of laptops vs. Desktops, hence their similar keyboard designs...and now track pads for the desktop.

I could never go back to a big clunky old keyboard...and I may give up my newly acquired magic mouse for this trackpad....

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... the new Magic Trackpad requires users to have a Bluetooth-enabled Mac running Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.4 and the latest software update.

I was wondering what would be the application that finally forced me into upgrading to snowkitty. Turns out it wasn't an application at all, it's a trackpad!

(Yeah, yeah, I know, but I had to wait for Apogee and MOTU to update audio interface drivers, which they finally did a couple months ago.)

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We won't ask what that "three-finger gesture " is--will we????

That reply is a ... *shocker*
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Next up is the touch glass keyboard with software controls functionality. No more colored plastic bits for Avid users. I am sure Apple already have this in their labs just waiting for the market to get used to using touch surfaces.
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Unfortunately, the big bummer here is that the trackpad REQUIRES Mac hardware. You can use it in Boot Camp Windows, but not a PC - according to the Apple Chat representatives.
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Seems odd for the AI article to claim it works with "any" bluetooth enabled Mac. Oh, but said Mac must be running 10.6.4. Does this mean everyone has upgraded to SL now?
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Damn you and my lack of impulse control. I just bought that shirt after seeing your pic, yet I havent worn a printed T-Shirt in a decade.

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Gonna hit up the store on the way home. I prefer a mouse to a trackpad for desktop operation, so I doubt this will be very convenient for me, but those who grew up with laptops only might be a more familiar way to manipulate the computer.

Apple really is trying to push touch into the OSX world, which could be interesting, but I just can't see a situation where I would need an external touch surface to manipulate the screen. Might as well just let me touch the screen itself.
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Haha, glad I could corrupt, err, I mean help

I don't get it. What's shocker?
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Unfortunately, the big bummer here is that the trackpad REQUIRES Mac hardware. You can use it in Boot Camp Windows, but not a PC - according to the Apple Chat representatives.

To be perfectly honest- they would say that though wouldn't they
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I don't get it. What's shocker?

Look it up on Urban Dictionary.
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I agree that the Magic Mouse (with gestures turned on) largely made something like this duplicative, to a degree.

At the moment, I don't think it entirely replaces the need for the Intuo pads. But will Apple expand its functionality in future releases such that it adds drawing capabilities?

Also, these recent h/w upgrades, and the Magic Trackpad, should counter the recent narrative that Apple is abandoning the desktop. To the contrary: they clearly have long-range plans to enhance it considerably. See further discussion here:

http://blogs.computerworld.com/16607...than_you_think

3D multi-touch with superfast SSDs. They'll be leveraging the App Store's content (the apps, I mean) and building in multi-touch much deeper into desktop apps. Dell and HP and Sony will be dependent on MSFT for matching this (3-5 year wait on that, I'm guessing.)
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apple just killed the mouse.


w00t!

I wonder if it will end up working with an iPad.
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What about a stylus to use it like a Wacom digitizing tablet?
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Now that the Magic Mouse is out though I don't see the point (at least for me).

this is perfect for me. i have a mini to the tv and a glass coffee table, so i can get rid of the obsolete mousepad and use this. yay.

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Gonna hit up the store on the way home.

well, almost yay. the san francisco apple stores don't yet have them in stock and, as always, have no idea when they'll be getting stock. do other retail stores have them today?
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I just wish it weren't wireless. I work in a RF heavy and bluetooth is worthless here.http://forums.appleinsider.com/image...embarassed.gif
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this is perfect for me. i have a mini to the tv and a glass coffee table, so i can get rid of the obsolete mousepad and use this. yay.



well, almost yay. the san francisco apple stores don't yet have them in stock and, as always, have no idea when they'll be getting stock. do other retail stores have them today?



No luck in Washington DC either. Also, the Apple Online Store is down.....bummer
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I figured that the Magic Mouse was just an interim step toward all-virtual keyboards. Actually, so is the Magic Trackpad. Maybe two years from now, or whenever Apple thinks enough people have gotten used to multi-touch on desktop Macs, they'll launch a pure-virtual keyboard. By then, AMOLED costs may have come down enough to build a virtual keyboard / trackpad in a single unit. Type and multi-touch without moving your hand between devices.

But I think the MacBook Air will get the all-virtual keyboard+trackpad first. Why? Because thinness and lightness are its top design goals. Replacing the physical keyboard and conventional trackpad with a single large AMOLED would probably cost more initially. But it would allow Apple to drastically reduce the physical thickness of the keyboard/multi-touch area. No mechanical key movement and no LED backlighting hardware.

And the virtual keyboard AMOLED wouldn't need to have ultra-high iPhone-like resolution. It would only be displaying large letters and/or circles around fingertips for multi-touch, so maybe a lower-cost AMOLED could be used...

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this is perfect for me. i have a mini to the tv and a glass coffee table, so i can get rid of the obsolete mousepad and use this.

This is the exact reason I want one. I've got an old Mighty Mouse but it doesn't work well on any surface in my living room so it's a total dud now. This trackpad coupled with Rowmote Pro on my iPhone is the perfect combo to better manage my Mini HTPC. Just gotta find someone to buy my old Magic Mouse now.
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this is perfect for me. i have a mini to the tv and a glass coffee table, so i can get rid of the obsolete mousepad and use this. yay.



well, almost yay. the san francisco apple stores don't yet have them in stock and, as always, have no idea when they'll be getting stock. do other retail stores have them today?

I use a Kensington Slim Blade with my TV attached Mini - it is basically an optical mouse with a scroll ball on top - that also has a mode where the ball on top works like a trackball instead - meaning no need to put it on a surface. The only downside is that my 65" TV is about 18 feet away - and the signal sensitivity relative to the mouse on screen at that distance when operating in 1080 mode often means the signal gets interrupted - which can be frustrating - not sure if the pad would work any better but might be worth a try.
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No luck in Washington DC either. Also, the Apple Online Store is down.....bummer

Use the App Store app and order it? Like the iPhone release, if there's big demand for it, the App Store app order may get you to the front of the line (or home delivery first... )
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Well... will the new iLife mystery app support/exploit the Magic TrackPad?

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well, almost yay. the san francisco apple stores don't yet have them in stock and, as always, have no idea when they'll be getting stock. do other retail stores have them today?

Just came back from old orchard (apple store). They don't have it yet, expect it some time next week at earliest. Seems like online store is the only way to get these for now, but I just want to play with it at this stage. I am not totally convinced this will be better then the mouse.
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I wonder if it will end up working with an iPad.

Will not work with iPad/iPhone:

http://www.gearlog.com/2010/07/magic...t_work_wit.php
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It's not at my local Apple Store. As the guy was telling me that they 'should' have them by end of week, I ordered on on my Apple Store app and it 'should' arrive at our home by Friday.
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Ships in 24 hours with delivery in two to three days, if you order it online.

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post #37 of 61
We have the same set up -- Mini serving all my daughter's disney videos to the plasma TV. She's two. The keyboard and mouse are tucked up in the entertainment center. She navigates everything with the old faithful iGesture Pad from Fingerworks.

http://www.fingerworks.com/igesture_tech.html

I was sad to see Fingerworks close shop, but it turned out Apple had aquired it. It is good to see their vision lives on.

A search for Fingerworks and Apple turns up some interesting articles.
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One of my wish list when they announced the iPad was a similar form with the OSX not the iOS. The Magic Trackpad would be a way to introduce Apple customers to such a transition. More like a high end iPad using OSX.

It is possible also that the Magic Trackpad will evolve on its own. It may evolve as a remote control type perhaps in conjunction with a MacMini connected to a compatible TV (remember the deal of Apple with LG more than a year ago?). This becomes the latest evolution of Apple TV with more power and also serve as a full computer. This could be Apple's answer to Google TV but more integrated and versatile in its functionality.

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apple just killed the mouse.


w00t!

I wonder if it will end up working with an iPad.

Sorry? Am I missing something? You want a trackpad for a device which is fully touch operated? I don't understand why...
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Always read stuff here but this is my first post. Anyway, I dig this new mouse cuz I can use it right or left handed without changing the config on the desktop -- which I have to do with my trackball. I'm a righty but I used my desktop mouse lefty to reduce the pain in my back from repetitive mouse movements... that damn mouseback!
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