Teardown of Apple's Magic Trackpad reveals tightly packed thin design

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
iFixit has completed their teardown of Apple's new multi-touch Magic Trackpad, finding that the very thin device is bound by copious amounts of glue, making it difficult to disassemble.



Released on Tuesday the $69 Magic Trackpad offers users the ability to use multi-touch gestures on a desktop Mac or PC. The hardware is a very thin profile made up of smooth glass and aluminum.



In its teardown of the Magic Trackpad, solutions provider iFixit found that the new hardware follows a trend of recent Apple products: "thin and pretty = not user serviceable."



The trackpad, does, however, offer a user-replaceable battery, as the wireless Bluetooth hardware relies on two AA batteries for power. Simply twisting the battery door on the rear left of the device with a flathead screwdriver allows access to the batteries.



Though the Magic Trackpad surface is 80 percent larger than the trackpad found in current MacBook Pro models, the hardware's touch panel is just 0.5mm thick.







Prying the lower panel of the hardware away using a plastic opening tool, iFixit had to slice its way through adhesive to disassemble the hardware. Inside, the device includes a spacer, which prevents the lower panel from squeezing against the logic board and damaging it.



Removing the two ribbon cables that connect the capacitive touch pad to the logic board was said to be difficult, as the cables are very thin and are stuck to the underside of the touchpad.







Removing the outer touchpad from the device's aluminum chassis required the use of a heat gun to warm up the adhesive that holds the hardware together.



"This is not for the faint of heart," they wrote. "A copious amount of heat, guitar picks and plastic opening tools were required to make this thing bulge."







iFixit also noted that the Magic Trackpad has a unique way of triggering the mouse button -- pressing down on the hardware actually clicks the two rubber feet on the front of the device. Pressing down pushes up on a hinged plate and set screw, squeezing an electronic mouse button switch and creating a familiar "click."



Completely removing the logic board requires desoldering of the four wires that lead to the battery connector and status LED, as well as the removing of two Phillips screws. The logic board includes a Broadcom BCM2042 chip for its wireless Bluetooth connectivity -- the same chip found in Apple's multi-touch Magic Mouse.







In addition, the hardware's multi-touch functionality is provided by a BCM5974 chip, the same found in the iPhone, iPod touch and MacBook Air. Finally, the SST 25WF020 has 2Mbit of serial flash memory.



For more, see the complete list of details and photos at iFixit. In addition, see AppleInsider's review of the new Magic Trackpad.
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  • Reply 1 of 23
    smiles77smiles77 Posts: 668member
    Beautiful. And this sentence has been showing up a lot in iFixit iProduct teardowns:



    Quote:

    finding that the very thin device is bound by copious amounts of glue, making it difficult to disassemble



  • Reply 2 of 23
    thespazthespaz Posts: 71member
    Does anyone know of the Magic Trackpad suffers the same slow cursor speed as the Magic Mouse? When moving the Magic Mouse slow, the cursor speed slows down even slower than the wired Mighty Mouse does. Just wondering if it's the same deal with the Magic Trackpad.
  • Reply 3 of 23
    smiles77smiles77 Posts: 668member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by thespaz View Post


    Does anyone know of the Magic Trackpad suffers the same slow cursor speed as the Magic Mouse? When moving the Magic Mouse slow, the cursor speed slows down even slower than the wired Mighty Mouse does. Just wondering if it's the same deal with the Magic Trackpad.



    I could be very wrong, as I don't own either a Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad, but I believe that may be inertial movement (unless only scrolling uses inertia). I totally made that up, and maybe someone else can clarify this, but it seems somewhat logical.
  • Reply 4 of 23
    prof. peabodyprof. peabody Posts: 2,860member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by thespaz View Post


    Does anyone know of the Magic Trackpad suffers the same slow cursor speed as the Magic Mouse? When moving the Magic Mouse slow, the cursor speed slows down even slower than the wired Mighty Mouse does. Just wondering if it's the same deal with the Magic Trackpad.



    What are you talking about when you say "cursor speed"? The speed of the cursor when you move the mouse is constant no? I can't see that it accelerates at all on either mouse.
  • Reply 5 of 23
    BuffyzDeadBuffyzDead Posts: 326member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by thespaz View Post


    Does anyone know of the Magic Trackpad suffers the same slow cursor speed as the Magic Mouse? When moving the Magic Mouse slow, the cursor speed slows down even slower than the wired Mighty Mouse does. Just wondering if it's the same deal with the Magic Trackpad.



    You can fix that, and do so much more, with BetterTouchTool. Google it.



    BetterTouchTool will also be adding a multitude of gestures for the Magic Trackpad.



    It's Free (donations requested) and works brilliantly.
  • Reply 6 of 23
    smiles77smiles77 Posts: 668member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post


    What are you talking about when you say "cursor speed"? The speed of the cursor when you move the mouse is constant no? I can't see that it accelerates at all on either mouse.



    I'm using a wired Mighty Mouse (Apple mouse) connected to an iMac, and there is definitely acceleration. Just try moving your mouse to the right very slowly about 3-4 inches, and then move it quickly back the same distance. Huge difference in cursor space traveled.
  • Reply 7 of 23
    MacProMacPro Posts: 17,868member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by thespaz View Post


    Does anyone know of the Magic Trackpad suffers the same slow cursor speed as the Magic Mouse? When moving the Magic Mouse slow, the cursor speed slows down even slower than the wired Mighty Mouse does. Just wondering if it's the same deal with the Magic Trackpad.



    I use the magic mouse on 2 side by side 30" screens and it moves very, very fast and responsively and also able to go very slowly ... I can't imagine what you mean! Have you set it up correctly or perhaps something is interfering with it?
  • Reply 8 of 23
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    Originally Posted by Smiles77 View Post


    I'm using a wired Mighty Mouse (Apple mouse) connected to an iMac, and there is definitely acceleration. Just try moving your mouse to the right very slowly about 3-4 inches, and then move it quickly back the same distance. Huge difference in cursor space traveled.



    My horrible Dell Mouse does this on my horrible Dell PC on my horrible office winxp. If I move it ssssssllllllooooowwwwwlllllllyyyyy over the mousepad I neeed the whole width of the pad to go from one end of the screen to the other. If I yank it quickly, I need a third of the pad....
  • Reply 9 of 23
    uelogyuelogy Posts: 16member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by thespaz View Post


    Does anyone know of the Magic Trackpad suffers the same slow cursor speed as the Magic Mouse? When moving the Magic Mouse slow, the cursor speed slows down even slower than the wired Mighty Mouse does. Just wondering if it's the same deal with the Magic Trackpad.



    Just installed it - its quick
  • Reply 10 of 23
    ricmacricmac Posts: 49member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by freelander51 View Post


    My horrible Dell Mouse does this on my horrible Dell PC on my horrible office winxp. If I move it ssssssllllllooooowwwwwlllllllyyyyy over the mousepad I neeed the whole width of the pad to go from one end of the screen to the other. If I yank it quickly, I need a third of the pad....



    ummmmm, ok, that's a feature, not a flaw - both on the Mac and the PC.
  • Reply 11 of 23
    floccusfloccus Posts: 138member
    Is no one going to comment on the date on the logic board being 2009? That implies Apple's been hoarding these for at least 6 months now...
  • Reply 12 of 23
    macnycmacnyc Posts: 342member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by thespaz View Post


    Does anyone know of the Magic Trackpad suffers the same slow cursor speed as the Magic Mouse? When moving the Magic Mouse slow, the cursor speed slows down even slower than the wired Mighty Mouse does. Just wondering if it's the same deal with the Magic Trackpad.



    I don't have that problem at all. The cursor moves exactly at the same speed as my wireless magic mouse whether I go fast or slow.
  • Reply 13 of 23
    asciiascii Posts: 5,941member
    Don't spoil the magic you buggers.
  • Reply 14 of 23
    anonymouseanonymouse Posts: 6,563member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BuffyzDead View Post


    You can fix that, and do so much more, with BetterTouchTool. Google it.



    BetterTouchTool will also be adding a multitude of gestures for the Magic Trackpad.



    It's Free (donations requested) and works brilliantly.



    Actually, my understanding is that BTT does not at present work with the MT at all. No doubt this will be corrected in a future release, but, for now, it apparently won't do anything for the MT.
  • Reply 15 of 23
    Just ordered one....
  • Reply 16 of 23
    Oh dear. Can someone in the Redmond area of Washington peddle over to One Microsoft Way and tell Bill and the gang that mice (or should that be mouses) are so 2009.



    http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/3459...s-mobile-mouse



    Best
  • Reply 17 of 23
    coolfactorcoolfactor Posts: 1,364member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by floccus View Post


    Is no one going to comment on the date on the logic board being 2009? That implies Apple's been hoarding these for at least 6 months now...



    EXACTLY what I was going to say/ask. Probably a planned distribution of new products throughout the year.



    I'll never forget when the Airport Express came out, with no fanfare from Apple. Yet an amazing little product. I suspect the Magic Trackpad is going to be the same type of thing for people.
  • Reply 18 of 23
    joelsaltjoelsalt Posts: 827member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by coolfactor View Post


    EXACTLY what I was going to say/ask. Probably a planned distribution of new products throughout the year.



    I'll never forget when the Airport Express came out, with no fanfare from Apple. Yet an amazing little product. I suspect the Magic Trackpad is going to be the same type of thing for people.



    They must have been waiting for the new iMacs.
  • Reply 19 of 23
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    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post




    "This is not for the faint of heart," they wrote. "A copious amount of heat, guitar picks and plastic opening tools were required to make this thing bulge."







    Surely you meant 'budge' and not bulge?
  • Reply 20 of 23
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    Originally Posted by joelsalt View Post


    They must have been waiting for the new iMacs.



    Or, just as likely, it is an issue with getting FCC approval. That takes a while, and any change in the board you are submitting to test must be retested. So, it makes sense that this board would have been done "for a while", yet it still took a long time to get through the FCC.
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