Originally Posted by WPLJ42
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?
Maybe it's to pull the stragglers. I really haven't cared until now, and I might still not care, I don't know. An evening upgrading an operating system is time I'd rather spend doing something else.
I gather it behaves more like a plain trackpad, the fancy gestures might not work except on SL. I'll have to double check to be sure.
Originally Posted by MacRR
apple just killed the mouse.
Yes and no. It's another cursor control device, something else that does the same or similar job in a different way.
Originally Posted by lilgto64
What about a stylus to use it like a Wacom digitizing tablet?
I don't know if that is comparable. Wacoms aren't touch devices, you either use a pen or the special mouse they include.
Originally Posted by aaarrrgggh
A USB port doesn't have enough power to charge the batteries at the initial bulk-charge rate. Also, what do you do when your computer goes to sleep?
Compare the trackpad with a Bamboo. Competitive if not cheaper on price, and a hell of a lot better made, not to mention wireless.
I think it would work, but it requires some power conversion. USB has a limit of 150mA. A 2000mAh battery supposedly has an optimal charging rate of 200ma per cell. If you can charge both cells in series, that would be 25% slower than on the wall if there is no power conversion. Optimal charging is charge each cell separately. That would be 400mA. But the batteries are 1.6V or thereabouts, USB can supposedly output 750mW, and two batteries would be maybe 400mW or so, depending on efficiency.
I've found that my iPhone charges when my computer sleeps.
Originally Posted by sheff
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.
Unless the desktop paradigm is rethought into an easel or drafting board-like setup (which I would be interested in), I don't think touching the screen is a good ergonomic situation.
Originally Posted by str1f3
I would have liked to seen a gesture to adjust the size of the window without always having to go to bottom right corner. Perhaps a three finger pinch?
That's why I really enjoyed Window Dragon, which was for OS X 10.4, it wasn't like that but it made changing window size a more efficient task. I put off upgrading for quite some time just because of that, because it didn't work on anything newer. I wish someone would make something like that again.
Incidentally, doesn't anyone have one of these touch pads yet?