Originally Posted by Splinemodel
basically, any touch device that can distinguish two, individual touches is using a capacitive technology.
The MBA doesn't seem to do any more than a normal trackpad. The rotate motion is just scrolling in a circle and the zoom is again just a variant of a scroll. I'm sure they could emulate at least some of the multi-touch functions on normal trackpads.
Originally Posted by onlooker
I love the drama in these statements as if Apple is holding you at gunpoint to go buy a new Mac.
In order to get the functionality, you have to buy a new Mac. It's the same with software updates. In order to use iwork 08, I have to upgrade to Quicktime 7.3 or something. Ok, I don't have to but then I can't use iwork. I had to upgrade to 10.4.8 to use my Apple keyboard. Ok I didn't have to and indeed it was sitting in the cupboard for a couple of months until I realised, no wait I do *have* to upgrade or I can't use the thing ever because Apple refuse to support older software and hardware. Constant upgrades no matter how small, as long as they are essential keep the money rolling in.
You might think software updates are free so it's not a problem. Nope, what about all the 10.3 owners. They cannot use Apple's hardware until they buy either Tiger or Leopard. Then Jobs stands up on stage all proud that there are so many Tiger and Leopard users. Well, duh.
Even if they could upgrade older laptops to perform even some of the multi-touch actions, Apple won't do it. Someone has even made a 3rd party driver for the powerbooks that Apple refuse to add 2-finger scrolling to:http://iscroll2.sourceforge.net/
The ipod touch update. Have people figured out why this wasn't free yet?