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Magic trackpad and iPad?

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srtaylorok Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Jul 27, 2010 6:40 AM
This may be too soon to ask but does anyone know if the new magic trackpad will link to iPad?
imac, macbook, ipod nano & iphone & iPad!, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,090 points)
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    Jul 27, 2010 6:54 AM (in response to srtaylorok)
    Apple's not advertising such a capability and I rather doubt that the iPad, with the current OS anyway, has the drivers to recognize and use the MT. But we'll probably have to wait until someone gets their hands on one and tries it to know for sure.
    iMac Core i7 8GB ATI Radeon 4850, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Also: iMac 2.8 Core 2 Duo 24", IPad 16GB WiFi, Dell w/ Windows 7, Win XP via VM
  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (135,090 points)
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    Jul 27, 2010 6:59 AM (in response to srtaylorok)
    Do you mean you want to connect the Magic Trackpad to the iPad and use the Magic Trackpad with the iPad? If yes the answer is no. The iPad does not support use of a pointing device. One reason s that there is no cursor to control (the character insertion point indicator you see when entering text is not a cursor).
  • skopcho Calculating status...
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    Jul 27, 2010 8:54 AM (in response to srtaylorok)
    Even if you could connect it to an iPad, except for simpler fullscreen gestures like swipe and scroll, this would not work at all in practice. How would you align your finger on the trackpad to the correct position on the screen without some sort of pointer (which doesn't and will never exist on the iPad)?
    MBP, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Joseph Bulbulia Calculating status...
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    Jul 28, 2010 3:12 AM (in response to skopcho)
    It would be too bad if there were never cursor support for the iPad. It would be lovely to use magic trackpad with a keyboard. I find the touchscreen too awkward for serious writing/revision. Maybe the next Macbook air will be fit the niche market to which I belong.
    Macbook Air, Mac OS X (10.5.6), solid state drive
  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,180 points)
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    Jul 28, 2010 4:50 AM (in response to srtaylorok)
    System Requirements:
    Bluetooth-enabled Mac computer
    Two AA batteries (included)
    Mac OS X Snow Leopard v10.6.4 and latest software update

    You would also need the Systems software to make it work. At first glance you would think it would work. No more finger prints!
    G-4 1.2 GIG, 1.5 GIGs of Ram, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Quicktime 7.6.4, FCS2, nano 5th, iPad and a bunch of other stuff...
  • Kenny Potts Calculating status...
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    Jul 29, 2010 11:36 AM (in response to srtaylorok)
    I personally would love to see this in use with my iPad. I agree after you set the iPad in the dock it's very cumbersome to have to constantly be careful of pushing it over. Makeing the new trackpad act like the iPad itself would be awesome. Apple please add this to the iPad ios4. Thanks.
    White MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 2.16 Ghz with 2 gb of ram
  • Robert Mcintyre Calculating status...
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    Jul 29, 2010 1:59 PM (in response to Kenny Potts)
    As an owner of multiple iPads I must agree. Please allow use of the Magic trackpad or other similar devices when iOS 4 hits the iPad. It would make docked usage and heavy email editing or use of any of the productivity tools even easier.

    Rob
    iPad (Multiple ones..), Other OS
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Jul 29, 2010 2:08 PM (in response to Robert Mcintyre)
    Please allow


    Good to tell Apple here:

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipad.html
    iMac Intel/2C2D, eMac G4/700, Mac OS X (10.6), 10.5, 10.4, 10.3, 9.2
  • celliott147 Level 4 Level 4 (1,125 points)
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    Jul 29, 2010 3:23 PM (in response to Robert Mcintyre)
    again, as stated before, there is no cursor support and never will be...it defeats the purpose of the touch screen tablet completely...
    13" MacBook Pro, 2.53GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Mac OS X (10.6.3), 64GB iPad 3G (OS 3.2.1); 32GB iPhone 3GS & iPhone 4 (iOS 4.0.1); 30GB HP iPod
  • mapex_venus Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jul 30, 2010 3:46 PM (in response to srtaylorok)
    I have the magic trackpad and an iPad. The iPad doesn't even 'see' the device - so the answer to your question is NO.
    MacBook Pro, iPhone 4, Mac Mini, iPad 16 GB 3G + WiFi, HTC Droid Incredible
  • DrDousa Calculating status...
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    Aug 3, 2010 6:09 AM (in response to skopcho)
    To introduce the trackpad or a mouse as a pointing device should be rather simple. Compare the Wacom Bamboo pad. It maps the screen onto the pad, so that pointing at the pad has the same effect as pointing at the screen. The same should be possible with the magic trackpad. The cursor has little to do with it, but of course there are many apps that have one (webform, pages,...). I think it is an omission that we may link a keypad to the iPad but not a pointing device. Without one the docking station is quite useless.

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  • Michael Rose Calculating status...
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    Aug 3, 2010 10:05 AM (in response to celliott147)
    It's not about the cursor necessarily. It's about the gestures (for me at least).

    Sure... there is no pointer on an iPad so you would find it hard to e.g. place the editing caret anywhere useful, but... it seems both natural and logical to me to give support for scrolling and left-right swiping with an external trackpad.

    I see many possible uses... using VNC and iPad as a thin client the external keyboard and mouse/pad combination would be really useful for controlling your main Mac (or Mac TV for example).
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), oh... and an iPhone 3GS, Dell Mini (soon to be 'upgraded' IYKWIM)
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