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.
The amazing new trackpad doubles as a button Ã¢â‚¬” 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 ExposÃƒÂ© 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.