Apple Adds Magic Trackpad to Product Lineup

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Apple’s Magic Mouse gained a new cousin on Tuesday with the introduction of the Magic Trackpad. The Magic Trackpad is a multi-touch trackpad for Apple’s desktop computers that works just like the trackpad that’s built into the company’s MacBook Pro lineup.

Apple’s Magic Trackpad

The Magic Trackpad supports multi-touch gestures and is configurable just like the MacBook Pro trackpad. It supports, swipe and pinch gestures along with taps, offers about 80 percent more surface space compared to the MacBook Pro trackpad, and connects to your Mac via Bluetooth.

The Magic Trackpad is priced at US$69 and is available now.

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19 Comments Leave Your Own

Tiger

Question not answered anywhere right now: Does it work with the iPad?

DanielDecker

@Tiger
Not likely, since the iPad lacks any kind of cursor.

xmattingly

Gaaahh… months of waiting over. Must. Get. Magic. Trackpad. smile

Lee Dronick

Gaaahh? months of waiting over. Must. Get. Magic. Trackpad.

This might be handy. I am anxious to give it a try.

Substance

I’m really interested to see the reviews come in on this. And of course, try it firsthand.

Dan

Did they overbuy magic mouses?

Why do they force us to buy both? I want a track pad instead of a mouse not in addition to one.

I expect to be in the market for an iMac soon and hope that they will have worked off their magic mouse inventory so that I can choose what I want or even if I want both.

iSki iMac

Apple Store - here I come!

John M.

Might be nice for controlling netflix and hulu from across the room.

b0wz3r

Why do they force us to buy both?

Who’s forcing you to do anything?  Is Steve Jobs holding a gun to your head saying “Buy both or die!!!”??? 

Get a clue.  You don’t have to buy either if you don’t want.

iSki iMac

This could be the beginning of the end of the mouse.

JonGl

Knowing how much I love my MBP’s touchpad, I can’t see ever wanting a mouse again! I gave away my nice mice to my wife and children since I got my MBP. I can easily see my daughters wanting this. Nice shot Apple!

-Jon

furbies

I can?t see ever wanting a mouse again!

Me ?

I still think the first gen Mighty Mouse (the one with the scroll teste) is the best mouse I’ve used in years

The “current” Apple Magic Mouse (?) is uncomfortable to use.

Lee Dronick

I still think the first gen Mighty Mouse (the one with the scroll teste) is the best mouse I?ve used in years

The ?current? Apple Magic Mouse (?) is uncomfortable to use.

I hate how that scroll ball would get gunked up and hard to clean, but yes it was an excellent mouse otherwise.

I have grown to like the new Apple Magic Mouse. It took some learning how to hold it, but I am not interested in going back.

I will have to see how this TrackPad works with say Illustrator.

dhp

Apple is offering Magic Trackpad support for Windows XP(!), but not 10.5 Leopard. Nice.

xmattingly

I hate how that scroll ball would get gunked up and hard to clean, but yes it was an excellent mouse otherwise.

I have grown to like the new Apple Magic Mouse. It took some learning how to hold it, but I am not interested in going back.

I will have to see how this TrackPad works with say Illustrator.

You touched on a few good things there, Sir Harry. I’ve had (still have) both mice, and there is definitely a trade off either way. That scroll ball did get gunked up pretty good, and of course is a pain in the butt to clean… I found myself popping it open roughly once a year. On the other hand, with the four programmable buttons it’s way better at windowing/Expose in Mac OS… in that regard the Magic Mouse is a pretty big step backwards towards functionality. Though it makes up for that big time w/ gesture/back-forward buttoning, and inertial scrolling. On the other hand… one other issue is with the shape, the way I want to hold it naturally has the top angled to the left so I wind up right-clicking way too often (index resting on the right top). Since it’s symmetrical across the top I don’t have a tactile way of knowing which side my finger is on. Guess I still haven’t trained my hand how to hold it. smile Soooo…. the Magic Mouse sure as heck is beautiful and does have nice features, but overall I think Apple leaned towards form over function on it.

The Magic Trackpad: I have to say that the trackpad on the unibody Macbooks has to be the greatest input device I’ve ever used on a computer. Intuitive and elegant to the max… if I would rate the Magic Mouse a B to B-, Macbook trackpads would just about certainly rate an A+. So since I went back to a desktop earlier this year, that’s one of the top things I’d been missing.

I will have to hang on to a mouse though for Illustrator; that’s the ONE thing that I’m not so sure touch devices will be able to fully replace a mouse on. Drawing paths is definitely doable on a trackpad, but it’s a little too cumbersome by comparison. And FWIW, I have looked into those Bamboo touch+pen tablets, but am not impressed with their finger gestures (not quite as finely developed as Apple’s approach).

Lee Dronick

in that regard the Magic Mouse is a pretty big step backwards towards functionality. Though it makes up for that big time w/ gesture/back-forward buttoning, and inertial scrolling. On the other hand? one other issue is with the shape, the way I want to hold it naturally has the top angled to the left so I wind up right-clicking way too often (index resting on the right top). Since it?s symmetrical across the top I don?t have a tactile way of knowing which side my finger is on. Guess I still haven?t trained my hand how to hold it.  Soooo?. the Magic Mouse sure as heck is beautiful and does have nice features, but overall I think Apple leaned towards form over function on it.

The Magic Trackpad: I have to say that the trackpad on the unibody Macbooks has to be the greatest input device I?ve ever used on a computer. Intuitive and elegant to the max? if I would rate the Magic Mouse a B to B-, Macbook trackpads would just about certainly rate an A+. So since I went back to a desktop earlier this year, that?s one of the top things I?d been missing.

I found that I had to keep my palm from resting on the Magic Mouse and grip it for movement with the thumb on one side and the ring and little finger on the other. The index and middle finger hover above the left and right click. It takes a “delicate” hold, don’t let the palm touch the top of the mouse.

I love the trackpad on my new MacBook Pro and am very anxious to try the new TrackPad. I too looked at the Bamboo, but my experience with a Wacom back in OS9 days was that I would want the biggest pad I could afford. For precision work I would want a stylus.

When I use Illustrator on my MacBook Pro and I don’t have a mouse, I find that using cursor keys on a selected point is best for precision work. I did buy a Magic Mouse to pair with the MacBook.

I gotta go to bed, night all.

Tony

My first thought was if a stylus was provided would this put Wacom out of business? I can imagine the possibility of this teamed with an iPad paint program…

xmattingly

I found that I had to keep my palm from resting on the Magic Mouse and grip it for movement with the thumb on one side and the ring and little finger on the other. The index and middle finger hover above the left and right click. It takes a ?delicate? hold, don?t let the palm touch the top of the mouse.

Yeah, I hold it the same way: lightly gripped on the sides with my fingertips, except my middle finger is on the side. Since I keep my wrist fairly straight that’s probably why I tend to angle the thing to the left.

Does that mean that if I complained to Steve, he’ll tell me that I’m holding it wrong? :D

Lee Dronick

I tried a Magic Trackpad today at the Apple Store. I didn’t get much time on it, they only had two on display and a number of people wanted to try it. However, I did accomplish my mission which was to see how it works with Illustrator. I was pleasantly surprised at well it works with the pen tool. It did not work as well with a brush or a pen tool, I would rather a mouse for those, or a say a Wacom tablet and a stylus. I didn’t buy one today, I have other priorities, but I will probably get one next month.

Speaking of tablets. I went to the MicroSoft Store to mess around with a Surface. I think something of this size would great for creating art, finger painting and such, it would be like working on on full size canvass.

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