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Magic trackpad and iPad?

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  • G33k4Life Calculating status...
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    Aug 4, 2010 8:26 AM (in response to srtaylorok)
    How about support for more than one device pairing at the same time. Ex: Bluetooth keyboard AND bluetooth mouse. Huh, Huh?
    MacBookPro 13", Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • LXBren Calculating status...
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    Aug 13, 2010 3:05 AM (in response to srtaylorok)
    trackpad would be an awesome addition. if i connect the ipad to a projector and the lead isnt long enough to put the ipad on the podium with me, the trackpad would be very handy. plus, plugging it in to the tv and being able to fast-forward without having to get up and touch the ipad would be great. Anyone suggesting I should buy a laptop when the technology is already there to do this is very ignorant. I already have a BT keyboard, a BT trackpad would just add to functionality / ease of use.
    ipad, iPhone OS 3.1.3, bring on 4.0 to pad
  • smckinley Calculating status...
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    Aug 18, 2010 7:14 AM (in response to Michael Rose)
    Actually the pointer concept has already been realized in 'LogMeIn' - when you log on to a remote computer with your iPad, you have an 'iconed' mouse with an arrow pointer which you can then control with your finger on the iPad, so I would assume it could also be possible with the MagicPad - will contact LogMeIn and and see what they have to say ....
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPad 64GB 3G, iPhone 4G
  • Gudlyf Calculating status...
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    Aug 19, 2010 10:20 AM (in response to srtaylorok)
    I'm not sure why it couldn't work like the iPad emulator that developers use. There you see a grey circle where your finger would be hovering when you use your mouse to interact with the emulator. Click acts as a touch.
    15" MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • Pale Rider Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)
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    Sep 1, 2010 11:27 AM (in response to srtaylorok)
    Like many, I would love to have MT capabilities on my iPad. Would be so nice to leave the iPad sitting in its stand, while my keyboard and pointing device don't have to physically touch it.
    MBP 2.16 3gb RAM 320gb HD, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPads, iPhones, MacBooks, iMacs and a wife who understands
  • celliott147 Level 4 Level 4 (1,125 points)
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    Sep 1, 2010 12:16 PM (in response to Pale Rider)
    You can do that...with your iMac... Why do you need your iPad to do that? Why not just use your iMac?
    15" MacBook Pro, 2.66GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 64GB iPad 3G (OS 3.2.1); 32GB iPhone 3GS & iPhone 4 (iOS 4.0.2); 30GB HP iPod
  • ptvogel Calculating status...
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    Sep 13, 2010 1:10 PM (in response to srtaylorok)
    I don't want to "Jailbreak" my iPad, but I really want this functionality: Magic Trackpad + iPad = HUGE success for those of us using the Bluetooth keyboard and iPad while in the stand. Please, Apple, make this happen.
    iPad, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPad WiFi
  • Mr.C UK Level 2 Level 2 (410 points)
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    Sep 13, 2010 2:31 PM (in response to ptvogel)
    Apple does not respond to or act upon requests made here. This is a user to user technical support forum. If you want to make a request I suggest you do so here ...

    http://www.apple.com/feedback
    MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.6.3), Mac Mini 2.53Ghz 10.6.3: iPhone 3GS 32GB 3.1.3 : iPad 64GB Wi-Fi/3G 3.2 : iPhone 4 32GB 4.1
  • celliott147 Level 4 Level 4 (1,125 points)
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    Sep 13, 2010 3:08 PM (in response to ptvogel)
    Again, get an iMac... The iPad isn't designed for this... It is a peripheral device, not a primary computer...

    (this is coming from someone who tends to use the iPad over the laptop or desktop, so I know about how nice it is, but I also understand what it isn't)
    15" MacBook Pro, 2.66GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 64GB iPad 3G (OS 3.2.1); 32GB iPhone 3GS/iPhone 4 (iOS 4.0.2); 30GB HP iPod
  • Pale Rider Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)
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    Sep 14, 2010 6:02 PM (in response to celliott147)
    celliott147 wrote:
    Again, get an iMac... The iPad isn't designed for this... It is a peripheral device, not a primary computer...

    (this is coming from someone who tends to use the iPad over the laptop or desktop, so I know about how nice it is, but I also understand what it isn't)


    Again, not what I happen to want, and what works for you may not work for someone else. I own an iMac. Two, including the latest quad core i7. Several MBPs. Several minis. An Air. Each has a specific purpose at my home or office, for me or a family member. I just replaced my 2007 MBP 15 with the quad core iMac because the iPad is turning into much more than a go-between computer.

    I don't need someone telling me how to use my devices. Calling the iPad a peripheral device seems, IMHO, simply silly. If it is a peripheral, why does it work with hard-wired and wireless keyboards? I can manage and create content on it. Who are you to say that I should not also wish to have a peripheral pointing/touch device in addition to a peripheral keyboard? The MT would be nearly ideal for the iPad along with the wireless keyboard.

    Sheesh, the arrogance of some people. You are of course entitled to your opinion, but that doesn't mean you're entitled to tell someone else what to do.
    Many, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPads, iPhones, MacBooks, iMacs and a wife who understands
  • Mr.C UK Level 2 Level 2 (410 points)
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    Sep 14, 2010 6:21 PM (in response to Pale Rider)
    You seem to be under some kind of delusion as to what the iPad is supposed to be. It's not a replacement for a laptop but something to use in addition of a laptop. Yes it does provide some of the same functionality but that's as far as it goes. How many computers you have or how powerful they are is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. The iPad isn't what you want it to be and according to the way Apple have designed it and are marketing it to be used it won't be either.

    The external keyboard support is there as typing extensively on a touch screen is not necessarily practical or easy. However it is a touch screen device and does not have any cursor support so using a mouse or track pad is neither possible nor needed due to the way it has been designed to be used.

    Personally I rather Apple focus on more important issues regards the iPad and iPhone then spend their time and energy on useless unnecessary features which only a small minority of people may want.
    MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.6.3), Mac Mini 2.53Ghz 10.6.3: iPhone 3GS 32GB 3.1.3 : iPad 64GB Wi-Fi/3G 3.2 : iPhone 4 32GB 4.1
  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,180 points)
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    Sep 14, 2010 6:26 PM (in response to Pale Rider)
    The I pad doesn't have a cursor... Explain to me how you would use the Trackpad without a cursor? With the iPad in it's present state.
    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...
  • celliott147 Level 4 Level 4 (1,125 points)
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    Sep 14, 2010 10:32 PM (in response to Pale Rider)
    For the same reason PalmPilots worked with external keyboards... No one ever questioned them being peripherals... You could create and manage content on Palms too, so your argument is baseless...

    The magic trackpad defeats the purpose of having a touch screen... The trackpad would require a cursor to function. If a cursor were available, inevitably developers would begin to create apps that require the cursor. This would take us right back to the laptop, the very thing the iPad is trying not to be...
    15" MBPro, 2.66GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD; Win7 PC, 4 x 2.8GHz, 8GB RAM, 2TB HDD, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 64GB iPad 3G (OS 3.2.1); 32GB iPhone 3GS/iPhone 4 (iOS 4.0.2); 30GB HP iPod
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    Sep 20, 2010 1:33 AM (in response to srtaylorok)
    I really would love to see the Magic Trackpad on my iPad. I agree after you set the iPad in the dock it's very difficult to use the keyboard and tap on the iPad. Makeing the new trackpad act like the iPad itself would we GREAT.
    Apple please add this to the iPad ios4. Thanks a lot.
    Apple please add this to the iPad ios4. Thanks a lot.
    Apple please add this to the iPad ios4. Thanks a lot.
    Apple please add this to the iPad ios4. Thanks a lot.
    iPad, iOS 4
  • eJeff Calculating status...
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    Oct 12, 2010 5:28 PM (in response to srtaylorok)
    One good reason is occasionally one has to filter the screen of the iPad. Think a red filter. This prevents the use of the touchscreen. Under those circumstances, the MT would be very useful indeed.
    MacBook Pro5,1, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
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