Goodbye mouse: Apple's 'Magic Trackpad' goes on sale

Jul 27, 2010
This handout image shows the new Magic Trackpad, with a smooth glass and aluminum design, which Apple just unveiled. The touchpad, which allows a user to operate a desktop computer with finger gestures, eliminating the need for a mouse, 69 USD in the online Apple Store.

Apple on Tuesday unveiled the "Magic Trackpad," a touchpad which allows a user to operate a desktop computer with finger gestures, eliminating the need for a mouse.

The Magic Trackpad costs 69 dollars in the online .

The battery-powered device, which looks a bit like a notepad made out of glass and aluminium, connects to Apple's Mac desktop computers using Bluetooth .

It allows users to operate their machines using the tapping, swiping and pinching finger well known to owners of iPhones or iPads.

Apple said it works from as far as 33 feet (10 meters) away from the computer.

The touchpad technology has already featured in Apple's MacBook Pro notebook computers.

Apple on Tuesday also unveiled new iMac desktop computers featuring more powerful processors, 21.5-inch and 27-inch screens and price tags of 1,199 dollars to 1,999 dollars.

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zealous
5 / 5 (1) Jul 27, 2010
I love how on my browser after the article it has an ad for google/wacoms bamboo touchpad
Musashi
3.3 / 5 (3) Jul 27, 2010
Was this article written by Apple? "Tapping, swiping and pinching finger gestures", outside the actual screen, do NOT replace a mouse.
ormondotvos
not rated yet Jul 27, 2010
Does it work with PPC Mini's?
Temple
3 / 5 (2) Jul 27, 2010
Was this article written by Apple? "Tapping, swiping and pinching finger gestures", outside the actual screen, do NOT replace a mouse.


Apple isn't suggesting as much. Hit hungry websites certainly are though.

When asked if this would replace the mouse, Apple had the following to say: "we want to offer our users the choice.” and “Some operations are better for a mouse, some for a trackpad”

Quotes pulled from this article (note the hyperbolic headline): http://techcrunch...hCrunch)
Temple
1 / 5 (1) Jul 27, 2010
Was this article written by Apple? "Tapping, swiping and pinching finger gestures", outside the actual screen, do NOT replace a mouse.


Apple isn't suggesting as much. Hit hungry websites certainly are though.

When asked if this would replace the mouse, Apple had the following to say: "we want to offer our users the choice.” and “Some operations are better for a mouse, some for a trackpad”

Quotes pulled from this article (note the hyperbolic headline): http://is.gd/dNcVX
Temple
not rated yet Jul 27, 2010
An error on submit indicates that the post was unsuccessful, yet it actually was. This results in multiple posts. Apologies.
abhishekbt
1 / 5 (1) Jul 27, 2010
Is this only for Macs or can windows users try this on too?
Bob_B
5 / 5 (1) Jul 28, 2010
Idiotic device. Sorry, honey - I was just trying to turn the expand the screen.
CreepyD
1 / 5 (1) Jul 28, 2010
I suppose some Apple fans will lap up what ever they release, before actually thinking things like "do I need this?", "Is it actually useful?" or the best one, "Is there something better out there?"
ScooterG
2.4 / 5 (5) Jul 28, 2010
I have a 4" x 3" touchpad on my macbook pro and I hate it. In fact, I may be the only person alive who doesn't like their apple computer. It seems to take four or five clicks to finally get anything clicked.

When a touchpad can do 477 different things, chances are good that it will misinterpret your action and do the wrong thing.

I hate it, I hate it, I hate it!
jameswall
not rated yet Jul 29, 2010
I love the way to touch. It set me free from the several decades mouse. But it only for mac users right now.

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sherriffwoody
5 / 5 (1) Jul 31, 2010
there are other trackpads already out there. this isn't the first. It wont replace the mouse either, why do the majority of laptop users still use a mouse with their laptop instead of their trackpad? because it is still better than a trackpad
Mayday
not rated yet Aug 04, 2010
The right device is a 5 x 7 inch trackpad with a stylus and a glass surface that will let you see your actions on the surface of the trackpad for a few moments. If the distance from the glass surface to the image screen is small enough, the user will be able to write small note-sized words just like on paper. Then just add great handwriting recognition software. This will utterly revolutionize the machine. And it will make tablets completely ubiquitous. Someone tell me, where are the developers?