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  • The Magic Trackpad Finally Debuts


    The long-rumored Magic Trackpad peripheral - essentially a MacBook Pro trackpad without the MacBook - has finally been released by Apple, a week after the FCC approved it, almost five months after trademarking the name and nearly a year after the device was first hinted at by Gruber. For all of Apple's renowned secrecy, they sure telegraphed this one.

    The Magic Trackpad is a smooth-surfaced standalone trackpad, designed with the same brushed aluminum finish as the Apple Wireless Keyboard. It kicks back at the same angle as the keyboard, too: pretty much begging you to get one as an option with your new iMac or Mac Pro. (Hey, it's only another 70 bucks and you're already paying a couple grand; go for it, big spender!) The same multitouch gestures and taps that work on the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air glass trackpads work on this device: two fingers to secondary-click, scroll, rotate, or pinch-to-zoom, three fingers to page through documents, and so forth.

    Significantly, though, Apple says the Magic Trackpad is 80% larger than the Mac Book Pro trackpad, though they don't give actual dimension. If you look at a Wireless Keyboard it will give you some sense of scale. This thing is really as much a small tablet as it is a big trackpad, with interesting implications for Apple's continuing march from the mouse pointer interface to a multitouch model, building on its successes with the iPad and iPhone. Expect more products from Apple that leverage multitouch, including - maybe very soon - iBooks for the desktop.

    People who have Apple wireless peripherals know what battery hogs they are, and the complaints were apparently not wasted on Apple, because along with the Magic Trackpad today, they announced the Apple (Magic?) Battery Charger with six batteries, apparently, so you can have two in your keyboard, two in your Magic Whatever, and two charging.

    The Magic Trackpad costs a magical $69 US, and ships within 24 hours, as of right now. That may change, so if you want one, you should probably order it quickly.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: The Magic Trackpad Finally Debuts started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 67 Comments
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Bettertouchtool makes it even better.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      sure does
    1. sickbxy's Avatar
      sickbxy -
      looks like a $70 mouse pad to me. I don't see any upgrade over the magic mouse with gestures except maybe the pinch feature... The only use I could see is if I had my computer hooked up to imaginary home theater and wanted to control my mac from the couch on my 50in plasma which I don't own. Back when I was a tech/ design geek, I might have considered it if acted exactly like a wireless tablet within photo shop and illustrator, but even then, it would have been too small and I'd probably switch back to my giant tablet with the application specific short cuts built in. I think at this time and if I had the money, the only way I'd consider this product is if it had a mirrored monitor with touch screen and it was the size of my iphone or imaginary ipad. Oh wait, there's probably an app for that.
    1. torbengb's Avatar
      torbengb -
      Wait, this is *news* ? I’m just saying, we had this exact device TEN YEARS AGO. Except that the old device was bigger. And understood five-finger gestures. Here’s an auction for one of those I am referring to: FingerWorks iGesture NumPad (USB touchpad) - eBay (item 290464313459 end time Aug-29-10 00:00:06 PDT)

      In fact that old device did more than just mousing and gestures, it even doubled as a numerical keypad. I have seen “teh future”: Apple will launch the iType in 2011, which is a keyboard without keys, just a touch surface. “Revolutionary” for certain, but that is ten years old too: MacNTouch < Main < The Fingerfans Community That old device understood *TEN*-finger gestures...

      Or will they call it the Magic Keyboard? One good thing though: Good to see these devices coming back to the market again, after the years of waiting since Apple bought the inventor and killed a great product line.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Well yes this is news as it's a new device.....regardless of how old the technology is....Nissan is making the leaf electric car which is news...but electric vehicles was first used ages ago
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by torbengb View Post
      Wait, this is *news* ? I’m just saying, we had this exact device TEN YEARS AGO. Except that the old device was bigger. And understood five-finger gestures. Here’s an auction for one of those I am referring to: FingerWorks iGesture NumPad (USB touchpad) - eBay (item 290464313459 end time Aug-29-10 00:00:06 PDT)

      In fact that old device did more than just mousing and gestures, it even doubled as a numerical keypad. I have seen “teh future”: Apple will launch the iType in 2011, which is a keyboard without keys, just a touch surface. “Revolutionary” for certain, but that is ten years old too: MacNTouch < Main < The Fingerfans Community That old device understood *TEN*-finger gestures...

      Or will they call it the Magic Keyboard? One good thing though: Good to see these devices coming back to the market again, after the years of waiting since Apple bought the inventor and killed a great product line.
      it's not really news now that it's nearly a month old.....
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      And Apple liked what they did back then and bought them in 2005 and made this.