Apple Introduces New Multi-Touch Trackpad

image Apple introduced their new notebook line up today, but what really caught my eye was the new etched glass multi-touch trackpad. They’ve done away with the button, relying totally on the pad. In addition, they’ve introduced three and four finger gesture support.

Here is Apple’s explanation on how the new multi-touch trackpad works:


The amazing new trackpad doubles as a button — just press down anywhere and consider it clicked. No separate button means there’s 39 percent more room for your fingers to move on the silky glass surface. Now that Multi-Touch gestures have come to MacBook, all the function is in your fingers. Use two fingers to scroll up and down a page. Pinch to zoom in and out. Swipe with three fingers to flip through your photo libraries. Rotate to adjust an image with your fingertips. Using the new four-finger swipe gesture, swipe up or down to access Exposé modes and left or right to switch between open applications. If you’re coming from a right-click world, you can right-click with two fingers or configure a right-click area on the trackpad. The more you use the Multi-Touch trackpad, the more you’ll wonder what you ever did without it.

Sounds intriguing, but that button-less multi-touch trackpad is going to take some practice, especially for right-click stuff.

Along the lines of touch / multi-touch, during a Q & A session, Steve Jobs was asked about touchscreen and he said that it doesn’t make a lot of sense to him.