Originally Posted by Trubador
As someone who has always used a 2-button mouse, I was always curious as to how the current mouse as well as the trackpad are used to access what is the "right-click" option menu.
Apple's mouse detects both left and right clicks. Instead of having discreet, visible buttons on the surface, the entire mouse clicks down and detects where the finger press occurred.
Apple's trackpad works similarly, but you can also avoid clicking altogether and simply use touch gestures. Right button click is emulated via a 2-finger tap vs. 1-finger for left click. Of course, their trackpad also has a slew of gestures for things like page navigation, activating Mission Control, navigating between desktops, displaying dictionary entry for a selected word, etc. Their trackpad has to be used to be appreciated. There's nothing else on the market that works in such a fluid and responsive manner.
Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
Nope. This is one of those patents they get to prevent their competitors from being able to do it.
Multitouch desktops are inevitable. The mouse is living on borrowed time.
Except the interface will always be by your keyboard, not on the screen. I am amazed at how many people still have the silly belief that it makes sense to use a desktop/laptop display as a primary input device.
Originally Posted by PScooter63
You're going to corner the market on finger sharpeners, eh?
While a mouse is still generally accepted as the preferred device for heavy graphics work, you might be surprised how precise you can be with a touchpad once you're used to it. For example, to move a cursor in tiny increments, you don't slide your fingertip across the trackpad - you can just hold your fingertip on the same spot and then tilt it in different directions for more granular control with less fatigue.
Originally Posted by christopher126
Same here! :)
Except for those times when I have to work on a PC, I haven't used a mouse in years, even when dabbling in graphics apps like Photoshop.
Edited by freediverx - 8/19/14 at 8:50am