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Apple Magic Trackpad slips out pre-WWDC

updated 07:25 am EDT, Mon June 7, 2010

Magic Trackpad may supplement

A possible component of Apple's WWDC unveilings may have been uncovered this morning as a leak has surfaced for what may be the Magic Trackpad. The design is a literal cross between the "no button" trackpad on MacBooks and the aesthetic of the Apple Wireless Keyboard that would serve as an alternative to a mouse for a desktop. Bluetooth would be certain, but the Engadget tipster didn't have any more details, including whether it the track would be unveiled today.

The peripheral is consistent with Apple's gradual push towards finger-driven interfaces and would give desktop Macs the same interface as their notebook counterparts. The Magic Mouse had already introduced some of this metaphor but still largely behaves as a regular mouse. It's unclear whether Apple plans to outright replace traditional mice or to simply make the Magic Trackpad an option.

By Electronista Staff


  1. JeffHarris

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    Joined: Oct 1999


    It makes sense And it's about time!

    If true, I wonder what took Apple so long to release something like this. It's a natural progression of all we've seen developing on the iPhone/iPod touch/iPad and Mac trackpads for the past several years.

    I sometimes even find myself poking at my MacBook Pro's screen, since getting an iPad.

    The one thing I find a bit frustrating is the different ways that finger input varies between trackpad and iPad. I hope Apple is working to bridge the gap.

  1. Feathers

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    Joined: Oct 1999



    When will people who photograph such things learn to provide some sort of reference for scale, proportions and provenance (like a dated newspaper). It would be nice to know if this thing is three, six or nine inches wide!

  1. qazwart

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    Joined: Apr 2001



    I never thought about it, but I do like the trackpad on my MacBook than the mouse on my Mac.

    It wasn't always this way. For years, the mouse reigned supreme. The non-mouseless interfaces on notebooks were always a poor substitute. Pre MacBook trackpads, that pointing stick on the ThinkPad, rollerballs, etc. Most people ended up buying a portable mouse whenever they used their notebook for longer than a few minutes. The mouse was a superior "point-and-click" device.

    However, my MacBook is the first notebook I have that I didn't buy a separate mouse for. It doesn't need it. In fact, I miss it when I use other laptops and even when I use computers with a mouse. The MacBook trackpad is simply a better device.

    The mouse king has died. Long live the trackpad!

  1. kerryb

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    wont work for everyone

    I can't image cutting out a shape in Photoshop using one of these and I doubt a trackpad no matter how good is ever used for pro apps. I have an iPad and love it and the pinch, scroll, etc... gestures work well in the iPhone/iPad OS but in Mac OS X? I don't think input devices are all or nothing but should be thought as a tools that allow us to interface with our gadgets and therefore a variety to suit the taste and needs of the user.

  1. Okonomiyaki

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    You can have my mouse

    ...when you pry it from my.. you know. But if this thing can take stylus input and do handwriting recognition, they may be on to something. Or back onto it anyway.

  1. DanielSw

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    Three-button mouse simulation?

    If it can somehow emulate a 3-button mouse, I want to check it out. I need a "middle" button for Luxology Modo.

  1. LEStudios


    Joined: Jul 2008


    I'm interested!

    I already got the Wireless Keyboard (latest version), Magic Mouse, and Aluminum Remote so this will be a welcome edition.

  1. MyRightEye

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    "I sometimes even find myself poking at my MacBook Pro's screen, since getting an iPad."

    Yep :) Can be annoying. I hope touch screens come to all of Apple's displays soon.

  1. AzTech

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    Joined: Jun 2010



    And no one has noticed the distorted Apple logo in the second image??? It is either stretched in height or collapsed in width. It is also rotated 90°. There is no way any Apple product would have this. You guys will believe anything. "Eyes and Ears", Watson!

  1. bobolicious

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2002


    wired versions please...?

    ...I wish there were wired options for magic mouse & if this magic pad if it ever materializes - somehow the notion of any radiation along with the hassle of batteries seems out of synch with ease of use & any environmental impetus apple may claim...?

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