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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. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Who cares they need to fix the iphone4.
    1. glassJAw's Avatar
      glassJAw -
      ^Haha°
    1. P911sc's Avatar
      P911sc -
      If you don't care then why bother posting or even checking the thread. I was hoping inertial scrolling would be enabled. Sweet!
    1. katmeef's Avatar
      katmeef -
      anyone else find single clicks are much more responsive after switching from one finger to three finger dragging in trackpad preferences? i'm noticing it the most when changing tabs in openoffice spreadsheets, it's sweet
    1. Shishir G's Avatar
      Shishir G -
      GREAT! I see more awesome updates in the future!
    1. Newgy's Avatar
      Newgy -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      Who cares they need to fix the iphone4.
      That would be a honorable statement, if the iPhone was their only product... The MacBook series is what made them legendary
    1. moribo's Avatar
      moribo -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      Who cares they need to fix the iphone4.
      I pay £1200 for my MacBook Pro.. You pay £500. I think I get priority you moron.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      You both are dumb because they have different engineers working in different areas of Apple. I doubt most of the iphone engineers have even met the macbook guys. And BTW, I said this yesterday.
    1. bllewisii's Avatar
      bllewisii -
      Pardon me for sounding ignorant, but what exactly is inertial scrolling?

      EDIT: Ha! Never mind. I guess I could have done a quick Google search to find that out...
    1. Thailocalguy808's Avatar
      Thailocalguy808 -
      Need to fix if head your getting bad reception issues wrong thread
    1. lulzMike's Avatar
      lulzMike -
      Wait, so the track pad works for PC's?
    1. domthebigbomb's Avatar
      domthebigbomb -
      it looks like were devolving
    1. mad102190's Avatar
      mad102190 -
      I want to see if its possible to enable the 3-finger swiping on the older (eg. my Early 2008 MBP) models. I remember people enabled 4-finger gestures on older models before they were enabled by default when Snow Leopard rolled out. I remember I had 4-finger gestures on Leopard and I felt like a boss lol
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Awesome! I love updates
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Chrome seems to not like inertial scrolling. Stutters for me, anybody else have this happen to them?
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      [QUOTE=zozodouce;5365497]Who cares they need to fix the iPhone.

      This news is for Mac. If you only care about the iPhone then filter your news to show
      Only the iPhone news and not all. And what is wrong with rhe iPhone? Return it buddy. Get off yesterdays tears.
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      [quote=kuhndsn;5365724]
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      And what is wrong with rhe iPhone? Return it buddy. Get off yesterdays tears.
      LOL! You tell em!
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      A nice update. The scrolling feels different now.
    1. Aliquippakid's Avatar
      Aliquippakid -
      This is great for all of the users missing features but I must disagree that the MacBook made them legendary. I think the iPod and iPhone have handled that. The computers have always been great tho
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Newgy View Post
      That would be a honorable statement, if the iPhone was their only product... The MacBook series is what made them legendary
      That's not at all true. They wouldn't be anywhere without their iPod line my friend. Dominating that market is what brought them where they are today...