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Apple’s Magic Trackpad Highlights Three-Finger Dragging

Written on July 28, 2010 by Aiken Lewis

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Apple releases on Tuesday a brand new wireless multi-touch device dubbed as the Magic Trackpad. It is said to be bigger in size and better in features we better keep track of this new hardware.

It looks bigger than the built-in version in ’s notebooks and looks like it can only do as much, but the Tuesday-released has bigger and better tricks prepared for the exploring user.

When you glance at this $69 wireless device and think it is only an upgraded prototype of the previous Mac trackpads, you have to lean closer. Apple emphasizes on its exclusive for windows – and yet there are more details to look forward to.

The Magic retains the basic capabilities of the built-in trackpads.

- You can scroll with two fingers and swipe with three; pinch the zoom; and rotate.

- You can also enable or disable certain functions.

- Screen zoom and open and close your windows through this wireless device that can work as far as 33 feet from your Bluetooth-enabled MacBook.

This smooth-to-touch piece of hardware is also 80 percent larger than the built-in trackpads of MacBook Pro. This gives more space for implementing its functions. The Magic Trackpad also includes other features such as:

- height and angle that are patterned after the Wireless Keyboard for convenient shuffling from one device to the other

– mouse button function

– detection of idle periods that helps extend battery life

The Magic Trackpad can only work with a Bluetooth-enabled Mac running Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.4 with the latest software update. The device comes with two AA batteries. Apple is also selling rechargeable Trackpads.

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