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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. jamriman's Avatar
      jamriman -
      Or perhaps just buy the air mouse app for the iPad. Not sure about pinching though.
    1. beninspain's Avatar
      beninspain -
      Want one. Ordering now
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      Think I might get one of these for my iMac just to try it out. Looks fun!? Kinda weird tho... its like Apple knows people aren't quite ready for full touch-screen OSX so they put this out to sort of help people learn so that way in the future they can release a full touch OSX and be like, "Look! You already know how to use this! Its so EASY!"
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      I like it
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Getting one tomorrow
    1. Broomhead's Avatar
      Broomhead -
      I love it
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Nice ordering one asap
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      What's with the batteries sitting there in the picture?
    1. skblut's Avatar
      skblut -
      I just ordered one of these looks pretty cool to me.They are selling some kind of rechargeable battery thing thats why you see that.
    1. cypherpunk's Avatar
      cypherpunk -
      Why the hell does this use AA batteries, rechargeable or not? We're not in the 1990s anymore.

      Incidentally, isn't there already an iPhone/pad app that does all this for free?
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      What's with the batteries sitting there in the picture?
      Did you read the ENTIRE article?
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      For some reason, I like the magic mouse better. But the apple battery recharger is a very idea. $29 is a little bit high. May look for one on ebay or something.
    1. willryan42's Avatar
      willryan42 -
      I don't understand the hype about this thing (besides that it's a new product from Apple so naturally everyone wants it). It's just a giant trackpad, isn't it? I'm using a macbook pro, and I'd use a wireless mouse over my trackpad anyday, so why buy this thing?

      Using trackpads is typically a lot slower and less efficient than using a mouse....
    1. skolpo's Avatar
      skolpo -
      Quote Originally Posted by willryan42 View Post
      I don't understand the hype about this thing (besides that it's a new product from Apple so naturally everyone wants it). It's just a giant trackpad, isn't it? I'm using a macbook pro, and I'd use a wireless mouse over my trackpad anyday, so why buy this thing?

      Using trackpads is typically a lot slower and less efficient than using a mouse....
      Seriously, what's with the hype? This is just free money for Apple.
    1. Chase817's Avatar
      Chase817 -
      Gonna pass on this one :/
    1. jbreak23's Avatar
      jbreak23 -
      I'll just stick with my Magic Mouse. I might get the battery charger though tired of my batteries going dead.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Looks useful enough
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Apple: "Hey we actually made way too many trackpads for our MacBooks! Ah lets stick a battery on them and sell them to customers who already have mice and multi-touch mice and make another small fortune on the sheep."
    1. Xtremeiphone's Avatar
      Xtremeiphone -
      doesn't seem to be a "got to have" apple product. Just my opinion
    1. flintoff's Avatar
      flintoff -
      Obivisaly some pplz just don't really care about money but all they care about their fav company releasing new product soo blind pplz jump on it like hungry lion jumps on a deer