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  • Apple Quietly Adds "Magic" Features to MacBooks


    The driver software needed to support the new Magic Trackpad also enables certain multi-touch features on older MacBooks and MacBook Pros, according to an Apple support document. As noted by Cult of Mac's David Martin among other MacBook users, the update was made available via Apple Software Update to compatible systems, which enables three-finger swiping and inertial scrolling on the built-in trackpad. Windows drivers are also available for the new device.

    Apple released Magic Trackpad and Multi-Touch Trackpad Update 1.0 yesterday at the same time the Magic Trackpad was announced. In addition to providing hardware support for the Bluetooth peripheral, the update adds a Trackpad system preference pane for Intel based Mac desktop computers running Mac OS X 10.6.4 and above. But as a bonus, the update also allows users of MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks manufactured since 2009 to take advantage of some multi-touch gestures that were previously available only on the MacBook Pro and Mac Book air glass multi-touch trackpad, as well as the Magic Trackpad. Specifically, three-finger swiping - which allows you to page through documents in gestures in Finder, Mail, Preview, iMovie, Safari and other applications - and/or two-finger inertial scrolling are now supported on the following computers:

    Inertial Scrolling and Three-Finger Drag Gesture Support

    These Mac portables support inertial scrolling and the three-finger drag gesture after you install Magic Trackpad and Multi-Touch Trackpad Update 1.0:

    MacBook
    MacBook (13-inch, Early 2009)
    MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009)
    MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009)
    MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008)

    MacBook Pro
    MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010)
    MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010)
    MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2009)
    MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.53 GHz, Mid 2009)
    MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2009)
    MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009)
    MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009)
    MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2008)

    The following Mac portables support inertial scrolling after installing Magic Trackpad and Multi-Touch Trackpad Update 1.0:

    MacBook Air
    MacBook Air
    MacBook Air (Mid 2009)

    MacBook Pro
    MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2008)
    MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2008)
    Apple also released Magic Trackpad drivers for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows, allowing Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 users on any computer, as well as Macs running Windows under Boot Camp, to use the new peripheral.

    Source: Cult of Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Quietly Adds "Magic" Features to MacBooks started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Quote Originally Posted by moribo View Post
      I pay 1200 for my MacBook Pro.. You pay 500. I think I get priority you moron.
      1200 Euros for a Mac Book, Who is the Moron?
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by santacruzlocal View Post
      1200 Euros for a Mac Book, Who is the Moron?
      roflol. macbook pro is a s*** load different than a cheapo macbook. so i guess the answer to your question is, well, you.
    1. Markanthony3211's Avatar
      Markanthony3211 -
      I second that! I payed $1,500 for my MBP
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      close to $2000 here for my i5 MBP. this thing is a beast though.
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      over $2k for my i7 17" MBP.

      anyway, the update is. but Better Touch Tool is much cooler.

      if you're not using BTT, you're doing it wrong. it's just that simple.
    1. rryyddeerr's Avatar
      rryyddeerr -
      noticed the inertial scrolling right before reading this. love it. i can flick to the bottom or top of a long string of argumentative, sexually repressed/frustrated drivel, like this, with the flick of 2 fingers. thank god.
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      whos using this with there macbook pro just wondering if it has its advantages over the already built in track pad, just wondering I guess I am a little confused.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Figured out why Chrome was stuttering, had smartscroll enabled and it was screwing with everything. Removed that and inertial scrolling works great, wish I would tweak the amount of time it takes before it slows to a stop. Awesome anyway though, gald to see they have it on older MacBooks now.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      basically, you can move it around, it's bigger, and it's wireless so you can control your comp from a ways away.

      But I think that you are really confused because this is the wrong thread for your question. This thread is for the talk of the software update, not the magic trackpad it's self.