Magic Trackpad

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Magic Trackpad
Apple Magic Trackpad
The Magic Trackpad
Manufacturer Apple Inc.
Type Multi-touch trackpad
Release date July 27, 2010 (2010-07-27)
Discontinued October 13, 2015 (2015-10-13)
Operating system Mac OS X Snow Leopard v 10.6.4 and higher
Connectivity Bluetooth
Power Two AA batteries
Successor Magic Trackpad 2
Related articles Magic Mouse

The Magic Trackpad is a multi-touch trackpad produced by Apple Inc. Announced on July 27, 2010, it is similar to the trackpad found on the current MacBook family of laptops, albeit 80% larger. The trackpad is fully compatible with Macintosh computers running Mac OS X Snow Leopard versions 10.6.4 and higher with a software update, as well as Windows 7, Windows XP, and Windows Vista in Apple's Boot Camp with an added device driver. It is also capable of performing in a basic capacity when paired with a Windows computer or a Macintosh without the necessary software. Ubuntu Linux computers can be configured to support most of the multitouch gestures that Mac OS supports, and additionally custom gestures can be added for most applications which do not natively support multi-touch (such as photo viewers, web browsers, etc.).[1][2] A new version came out on October 13, 2015, called the Magic Trackpad 2.[3]


The Magic Trackpad next to a Magic Keyboard.

The Magic Trackpad mainly consists of glass and aluminium. The device's design is similar to the trackpad found on the current MacBook family of laptops, but 80% larger.[4] It connects via Bluetooth[5] and runs on two AA batteries.[4] The trackpad is designed in the same style as Apple's Wireless Keyboard,[4] and when put next to one, sits flush to it.[6] Usage can be compared to the multitouch trackpads found in Apple's MacBook and Macbook Pro laptops.[7] Additionally, the entire pad can be clicked;[7] pressing on the device puts pressure on it and the surface it is resting on, pushing down two circular feet at the base of the trackpad, registering a click.[8] The trackpad's required software update also added inertial scrolling and three-finger drag gestures to certain MacBook and MacBook Pro models.[9]

Release and reception[edit]

Initial reviews of the trackpad lauded its design but not its price. Scott Stein of CNET wrote: "Apple's $69 Bluetooth device is minimalist and not particularly cheap"; "We're not sure we'd ditch our mouse and use the Magic Trackpad, but it's a compact solution for the touch-addicted."[6] Macworld also praised the trackpad's design similarity with the Apple Wireless Keyboard: "The Magic Trackpad is the same height and angle of inclination as the Apple Wireless Keyboard, making them a good fit, in terms of size and style."[8]

Operating system support[edit]

  • Apple's Magic Trackpad and Multi-Touch Trackpad Update 1.0 includes the required software to use Magic Trackpad. This update also installs a Trackpad System Preferences pane for configuring the Magic Trackpad on Intel-based Mac desktop computers that support Mac OS X v10.6.4 and later.[9]
  • Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista using Boot Camp tools under Mac OS X.[10]
  • Basic functions available on a Windows computer or a Macintosh without the necessary software.[6]
  • Hacked/extracted from Boot Camp native Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 drivers, 32-bit and 64-bit[11] (not supported by Apple)
  • Ubuntu 10.04 (by default basic mouse-like functionality) and later[12]
  • Android 4.x (mobile devices)
  • Chrome OS (Chromebook devices)


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