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Apple Intros Magic Trackpad For Desktops, Battery Charger Accessory

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Apple may have taken the time to officially reveal a new iMac, Mac Pro and 27" Cinema Display this morning, but two accessories that slipped under the radar are equally as interesting, if not more so. Scattered about the press releases for the new iMac and Mac Pro were mentions of a new Multi-Touch "Magic Trackpad," which is an all new input peripheral from Apple that's designed to bring some of the company's expertise in Multi-Touch to the desktop. Up until now, Multi-Touch has been reserved largely for touch panels and notebooks, but the new trackpad enables those same gestures to be translated onto the desktop.


Basically, this is a trackpad right out of a MacBook Pro, but larger and equipped with Bluetooth for use with the iMac and Mac Pro. We're sure that Apple will be keeping this compatible with Macs alone, but there's a chance that someone could hack it to work with PCs in the future. Apple isn't shelling out too many details about the pad, but you can definitely use it in place of a mouse, just as you use a trackpad in place of a mouse on a laptop. Inertial scrolling, multi-finger gestures, swiping, pinching, zooming and scrolling can now all be accomplished on your Mac desktop without a mouse. That's a pretty radical change, and we fully anticipate other companies following suit with similar options for the PC.


On a slightly smaller, less important note, Apple is evidently entering the rechargeable battery space. It's probably the strangest Apple product to be revealed in many, many years, but Apple is actually now selling an Apple Battery Charger. It's a pretty simple device. You just plug it into your wall and insert up to 2 AA rechargeable Apple batteries (shame it won't charge 4 of them), with $29 buying you the charger itself along with 6 NiMH batteries that can last up to 10 years, but they probably won't if you use them regularly. We suspect Apple created this after unveiling so many battery-needing devices (Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, etc.), but we can't see why you'd choose Apple batteries over any other rechargeable battery.
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Chainzsaw replied on Tue, Jul 27 2010 11:46 AM

"but we can't see why you'd choose Apple batteries over any other rechargeable battery."

Apple Fan: Because it's Apple! And it's White! and....SHINY! WEWT

Normal Person: $29 bucks for a charger that only charges 2 batteries at a time and only comes with 6 batteries? I'll stick with my Eneloops.

But in all seriousness, that trackpad looks nice. Programmers, start your engines for a W7 conversion! (although it already has Blue tooth so W7 should recognize it if you have BT)

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Inspector replied on Tue, Jul 27 2010 5:58 PM

They have apple batteries? O.o wow that came to me as a surprise... :)

Chainzsaw, i have white rechargeable batteries, but they aren't apple :P. Then there goes the brand "Eneloops" :D

Also Chainzsaw, the pad is Mac only unless hacked :)

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acarzt replied on Tue, Jul 27 2010 7:22 PM

is this supposed to be a replacement for a mouse? or in addition to? Cuz uhhhh... i'll stick with my mouse.

I can't stand those things on laptops... I wouldn't want one with my desktop.

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3vi1 replied on Tue, Jul 27 2010 7:37 PM

I totally agree with you acarzt. I saw that and thought: "Wow... now your desktop input experience can be as horrible as on a laptop."

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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NO...You need one because its magic!!!

The magic Turtleneck says so!

Just think about how much your girlfriend would think you are magic if you spent the money you would save buying PC's...ON HER!

Or I guess if you buy Apples then you don't need a girlfriend! Just lots of porn and a turtleneck!

OH...Now I get it! They use that instead of a sock, and tell themselves that they are better than you!! Talk about narcissism!

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fat78 replied on Wed, Jul 28 2010 3:47 AM

Think this would work better as one of those design pads that are used for cad drawings

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acarzt replied on Wed, Jul 28 2010 4:06 AM

i'd rather have a touch screen, a keyboard and a mouse :-)

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fat78 replied on Wed, Jul 28 2010 11:58 AM

Is it just me or does it seem like apple is making more crappy over priced items.

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Is it just me or does it seem like apple is making more crappy over priced items.

Yeah, Its just you....They have been making overpriced crappy items for a long time now! Ever since those goofy clear colored all-in -ones back in the late 90's:P

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acarzt replied on Wed, Jul 28 2010 5:44 PM

lol... my School used to have a bunch of those

I'm glad they've moved to PCs :-)

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fat78 replied on Wed, Jul 28 2010 8:15 PM

I said making more crappy items

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AKwyn replied on Wed, Jul 28 2010 11:13 PM

fat78:

I said making more crappy items

What crappy items? I don't know about you but the magic trackpad is perfect because we're only using like one hand at a time and a design pad would just be impractical.

 

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fat78 replied on Thu, Jul 29 2010 1:20 AM

lol

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