Cracking open the Apple Magic Trackpad
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I'm using Win XP under Boot Camp on a wall mounted 24" iMac. Any chance that Apple might offer a driver for this to use in Windows on their hardware or a standard Wintel system? I mean, irrespective of your personal preferences, the non-Apple PC market is not an insignificant opportunity...
As an old "hardware guy", I enjoyed seeing a peice of gear dismantled. Nice teardown. But, more fun were the typos in the captions. Doesn't anybody proof weed this stuff?
WOW, Apple strikes again, NOT. I bought a CIRQUE Power Cat for my PC a long time ago, and it offered programmable gestures, plus it served as a signature capture device. Looks like Apple is the king of Re-Invention here.
Are trackpads more than just a passing fad? Do they have what it takes to seriously compete with the mouse? Take the TR Dojo poll: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=1963
LOL, this article must have been tossed together in a hurry. Lots of typos! ;) For example, I had no idea what a "spludger" was. Looked it up and according to WikiPedia it's a "spudger". But even if spudger had been used I would have still needed to look it up.
I sincerely hope the new Magic pad works better than the magic mouse. The magic mouse does not have a setting that I can find that makes it useful. The touch technology os extremely sensitive and the Apple driver for that mouse is too basic. Third party software isn't all that helpful either. If its the same technology behind this new device, I may not ever own one. Fantom movements have you in all kinds of places on your computer you didn't intend to go to.
- It was free. - It's detailed. - It serves no greater purpose other than to entertain / interest us. What right exactly do you have to criticize now? Lighten up, man. Someone has to be first!
It's no secret that editorial organizations (technology-focused or otherwise) often cover the same topics/events/products. But that's not a bad thing. Having multiple organizations/people cover an issue gives us different perspectives. It exposes a greater number of people to the issue (not every TechRepublic member follows iFixit). It allows an issue to be covered in a different way. I know the people over at iFixit. They do a great job with their teardowns. TechRepublic has even partnered with them in the past--check out our teardown of the Dell Adamo (http://content.techrepublic.com.com/2346-13636_11-287411.html). But, we sometimes cover devices they don't. And, we sometimes get devices before they do.
i've just opened up the box to the trackpad. i think i like it but it's early days yet and time is needed to get used to it. my only worrie is i have 3 monitors and i'm not sure how it will perform whilst traversing from 1 to 3 and the accuracy it'ss privide. looking forward to it tho.
You might want to reread the first sentence of that Wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spudger): "A spudger (or sometimes spludger) is a wiring tool used for poking or adjusting small wires or components, generally in the electronics and telecommunications industries."
I've been using the Magic Mouse with my MacBook Pro for at least a month and really like it. I was initially worried that the touch technology would be too sensitive and move the cursor when I didn't want to, but that hasn't been the case for me. I'd love to hear more opinions from those who have tried it.
I have had one for a couple of months now, and use it on the MacBook. It's a great mouse. It took just a little getting used to, but once I had it setup correctly, for me, I have found it to be a fine tool.