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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. Kelvrick's Avatar
      Kelvrick -
      I'm tempted to get this. While I still use a mouse at home to game, I have transitioned over to the trackball at work in conjunction with a wacom tablet.

      The pen is nice and I have been on edge about buying the new wacom touch tablet because of reviews but this trackpad might be exactly what I'm looking for to save my wrist pains during long stints at the computer.

      I'll probably stick with my eneloops though instead of that apple recharge kit.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by flintoff View Post
      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
      I agree.

      Its actually insulting as a long time Apple consumer that they are coming out with "new" & "revolutionary" products that are not only getting worse but they are charging more and more for.
    1. brianiino's Avatar
      brianiino -
      Im a gamer and this doesnt seem to have the functions I use when playing... I dont want to use 2 of my fingers to right click.. boooo
    1. oscar25's Avatar
      oscar25 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tudtran View Post
      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.
      Actually $29 for a charger and 6 batteries is a pretty good deal, assuming they are good batteries.
    1. skizo's Avatar
      skizo -
      You have a trackpad on the Macbook. Why in the world would you spend $70 on another one? If you don't like the built in trackpad, buy a mouse, ffs.

      Apple users boggle the mind...
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      Ofcourse pricey just give it a few months for ebay.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      no thank you apple, i'm going pass on this one.
    1. PWNsyst3m's Avatar
      PWNsyst3m -
      Thats kinda neat. I dont think I could ever get rid of my mouse though. It just wouldnt feel right to me.
    1. fearls101's Avatar
      fearls101 -
      anyone think a windows 7 driver is possible???

      bc id like one
    1. andrewb283's Avatar
      andrewb283 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eagleye View Post
      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!"
      Agreed, but I'm not sure if I would be on board for full touch screen os x, its just easier to use a mouse and keyboard .
    1. cartman13's Avatar
      cartman13 -
      The multi touch features you can use on a macbook would be nice to have on a desktop.

      needing two hands to click a key and scroll to zoom is a bit more invovled that a simple pinch. Simple swipe so switch apps, ect.

      just my thought.
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      Is this more expensive than a magic mouse cuz if it is wtf?! Just get a magic mouse it's almost the same thing and it's faster. So are you gonna get to chose which one your new iMac comes with or do you still have to buy it seperately?
    1. rkisling's Avatar
      rkisling -
      Nice looking accessory, if you love the trackpad and want to use with your desktop; but personally, I don't like using the trackpad on my macbook....maybe i just need to get used to it, but seems to me a mouse (or trackball -- my personal choice) is more responsive. In the end... options are good; use what you like, mouse, trackball, trackpad or wacom tablet


      ron
    1. br8thw8's Avatar
      br8thw8 -
      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....
      My guess is that since it's almost twice the size of the MacBook trackpad it just may be a bit more efficient. I know that the large surface area on my iPad works great.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      I guess it's good if your a speaker, news broadcaster ect... But for the avg Joe it seems un needed. Hmmmm did apple make the clapper and the crazy straw??? Just saying. Lol
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Antman217 View Post
      Is this more expensive than a magic mouse cuz if it is wtf?! Just get a magic mouse it's almost the same thing and it's faster. So are you gonna get to chose which one your new iMac comes with or do you still have to buy it seperately?
      Same price dingbat. Do people even read these thing?!
    1. SirTimothy1's Avatar
      SirTimothy1 -
      I understand the use for flipping through web pages, but for practical use I would prefer a mouse.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Wow. They talk about being green and then drop a product on the market that doesn't have a rechargeable battery in it. A useless product to top it all off with.
    1. Imahottguy's Avatar
      Imahottguy -
      I wonder when it will be touchbroken, ya know so we can acess it's, erm, whatever is in it. Lol. I want to run my own, um, multi touches from it, not what Apple allows me too! Lol

      Really though, this is just odd. I cant see the demand for something like this. If they make it work with iPad, and, wait- No, just no. I still wouldn't mind it if someone bought me a Apple wireless keyboard. Perhaps I'll start a chipin.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      its really not that comfortable to use the macbook pro's trackpad due to it being in the center, and I prefer my right hand off to the side a little more. Exactly why I use a mouse.

      And guys, just cause you don't have a use for it doesn't mean that someone else doesn't need one.