Today has been an awesome day for Apple fans, not only did we see several updates to existing products, but Apple released the long awaited, long rumored Magic Trackpad, a multitouch input device for your Mac desktop. The wireless, Bluetooth-powered Trackpad behaves much like the multitouch trackpads on recent MacBook Pros, incorporating a host of swipes and gestures to better navigate your computer.
According to Macworld.com “Apple’s Magic Mouse has been a big hit, according to the company. So Apple decided to build a standalone trackpad to bring the same experience to its desktop users.”
The Magic Trackpad is a single surface; the trackpad is the button—again, just like the trackpads on recent MacBook Pros. The device sits at the same level of incline as Apple’s Wireless Keyboard, meaning you should be able to move your hands back and forth between the keyboard and the trackpad with ease.
Apple says that the new Magic Trackpad is “nearly 80 percent larger than the built-in trackpad on the MacBook Pro,” which by my math means the device will be just shy of 7.4 inches across, by 5.4 inches tall. The company suggests that you could use the Magic Trackpad as a standalone mouse replacement, or in conjunction with your existing mouse instead.
The Magic Trackpad costs $69 and is shipping now. It requires a Bluetooth-enabled Mac, Mac OS X 10.6.4 or later, and a Magic Trackpad software update. It can be purchased as a customize-to-order option alongside the default Magic Mouse or bought separately for existing Mac users.