How to use Apple’s new multi-touch trackpad

So, you’ve seen the multi-touch trackpad on Apple’s new Macbooks but are wondering how the thing actually works? Initially, I thought that this new trackpad concept totally sucked, but after seeing the following video, I’m not so sure anymore. Check it out below.

So now that’s you’ve seen this, what are your impressions? Do you think a trackpad like this could totally replace an old school mouse? Let us know in the comments section.

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9 Responses to How to use Apple’s new multi-touch trackpad

  1. I have to say, this looks a little ridiculous. Most people I know don’t even know how to use the old school mouse, most of those over forty anyway. I really do not see how Apple think this is the future of the computer, or Microsoft either with their recent touchpad-esque computers.

    It just seems to me to be a little gimmicky, and not really easing or advancing the personal computer at all.

    And what about those of use that do not have all of our digits, or with fat finger even? What happen to all those projects that involved eye patterns and movement? Doesn’t that seem like the future, blinking once the left click, twice to right click etc.

    I have an idea, maybe to drag, you can tap your left foot two times, and your right in perfect 3/4 time, and to close a file, nod three times, spin in a circle, pat your head and rub your tummy counterclockwise.

    Seriously, this is a little silly. I think that either eye movement, voice activated, or a combination of the both is the real future of computers.

    This will be nothing more than hairspray, spandex, and hoop earrings in a couple of years, please don’t embarrass yourself.

  2. I have to say, this looks a little ridiculous. Most people I know don’t even know how to use the old school mouse, most of those over forty anyway. I really do not see how Apple think this is the future of the computer, or Microsoft either with their recent touchpad-esque computers.

    It just seems to me to be a little gimmicky, and not really easing or advancing the personal computer at all.

    And what about those of use that do not have all of our digits, or with fat finger even? What happen to all those projects that involved eye patterns and movement? Doesn’t that seem like the future, blinking once the left click, twice to right click etc.

    I have an idea, maybe to drag, you can tap your left foot two times, and your right in perfect 3/4 time, and to close a file, nod three times, spin in a circle, pat your head and rub your tummy counterclockwise.

    Seriously, this is a little silly. I think that either eye movement, voice activated, or a combination of the both is the real future of computers.

    This will be nothing more than hairspray, spandex, and hoop earrings in a couple of years, please don’t embarrass yourself.

  3. Before watching the video I thought it was gonna be pretty ridiculous but it actually doesn’t look that bad, in fact it seems pretty cool. The only thing that might be slightly iffy is doing everything with one hand, not sure if that would end up slowing you down a little.

  4. I have to say, this looks a little ridiculous. Most people I know don't even know how to use the old school mouse, most of those over forty anyway. I really do not see how Apple think this is the future of the computer, or Microsoft either with their recent touchpad-esque computers.

    It just seems to me to be a little gimmicky, and not really easing or advancing the personal computer at all.

    And what about those of use that do not have all of our digits, or with fat finger even? What happen to all those projects that involved eye patterns and movement? Doesn't that seem like the future, blinking once the left click, twice to right click etc.

    I have an idea, maybe to drag, you can tap your left foot two times, and your right in perfect 3/4 time, and to close a file, nod three times, spin in a circle, pat your head and rub your tummy counterclockwise.

    Seriously, this is a little silly. I think that either eye movement, voice activated, or a combination of the both is the real future of computers.

    This will be nothing more than hairspray, spandex, and hoop earrings in a couple of years, please don't embarrass yourself.

  5. Before watching the video I thought it was gonna be pretty ridiculous but it actually doesn't look that bad, in fact it seems pretty cool. The only thing that might be slightly iffy is doing everything with one hand, not sure if that would end up slowing you down a little.

  6. It may look strange, but it saves soooo much time being able to tile your windows temporarily to get the one you want. I used to have this set to the corner of my screen for quick access, but now that I can just pull down on the trackpad it is even faster.

    I am a Mac power user, so I typically have 20-30 applications running at the same time and around 120 windows open at once. The window tiling combined with “spaces” allows me to stay productive in that busy environment. I use this literally hundreds of times a day.

    I don’t agree with those that say the Mac is “easy to use” (at least in the sense that you can just walk up and start using it)… It actually has a learning curve that takes about a month. But once you get up to speed, it just gets out of your way and lets you focus on your work and your creativity.

  7. It may look strange, but it saves soooo much time being able to tile your windows temporarily to get the one you want. I used to have this set to the corner of my screen for quick access, but now that I can just pull down on the trackpad it is even faster.

    I am a Mac power user, so I typically have 20-30 applications running at the same time and around 120 windows open at once. The window tiling combined with "spaces" allows me to stay productive in that busy environment. I use this literally hundreds of times a day.

    I don't agree with those that say the Mac is "easy to use" (at least in the sense that you can just walk up and start using it)… It actually has a learning curve that takes about a month. But once you get up to speed, it just gets out of your way and lets you focus on your work and your creativity.

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