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Video: Apple's new multi-touch trackpad introduces new gestures

In this ZDNet news video, Apple CEO Steve Jobs demos the new multi-touch trackpad gestures in the company's latest MacBook product line. The new trackpad is made entirely of glass and has a 39% larger tracking area than previous trackpads.

In this ZDNet news video, Apple CEO Steve Jobs demos the new multi-touch trackpad gestures in the company's latest MacBook product line. The new trackpad is made entirely of glass and has a 39% larger tracking area than previous trackpads.

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3 comments
dogknees
dogknees

That's some clever glass they got there.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

I typically don't like (and don't use) trackpads. I usually prefer the little joystick pointer that you find on ThinkPads and a few other laptops. However, I have to admit that I like the trackpad on the MacBook Air. It's larger than most trackpads and the multitouch gestures are pretty useful and intuitive. In fact, after I use it I often find myself trying to use the gestures on PC trackpads, to no avail. I'm interested to try out the new MacBook trackpads, although the fact that they are glass seems strange. It doesn't seem like finger movements would be as smooth, especially if your skin has any moisture.

juanemanon
juanemanon

The idea of gestures should be shared across platforms. The added functionality can be useful in situations where a mouse is not an option. IE. coffee shops, trains, etc.

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