History Of Apple Magic Trackpad That You Must Know In 2022

Last Updated on Oct 19, 2022

Apple makes such excellent trackpads with such good gestures. The trackpad is similar to a touchscreen device. It was first released in 2010 and is known as the Magic Trackpad. Using a trackpad on a Mac is easy for general computing. In addition, it is easier to clean and use.

Sometimes, people ask, “Why do you need a Magic Trackpad?” The answer is that People prefer trackpads because they are more comfortable for long-term use than a mouse. These Trackpads are also helpful in panning, zooming, rotating, and responsive.

Talking about “How many versions of Magic Trackpad are there?”; the answer is mainly three: the first was Apple Magic Trackpad 1st generation, the second version is known as Magic Trackpad 2, and the third is Magic Trackpad 3.

Magic Trackpad (1st generation)

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The Magic Trackpad is a wireless, multi-touch trackpad released on July 27, 2010, and manufactured by Apple Inc. It runs on Mac OS X Snow Leopard v 10.6.4 and higher versions Operating System; it also runs with Bluetooth-capable iOS devicesWindows XPVista, and Apple’s Boot Camp.

These magic trackpads work wirelessly through Bluetooth when paired with Mac computers. It has a nice angle that matches the original magic keyboard. In addition, it makes things easier, like zooming, swiping, and more.

Features:

  • This Trackpad is the same as the MacBook’s built-in Trackpad.
  • It’s 80 percent larger than MacBook’s Trackpad.
  • This magic trackpad offers multi-touch gestures, including tapswipepinch, or spread by fingers to perform actions.
  • It provides wireless Bluetooth connectivity.
  • It runs on two AA disposable batteries.

Specifications:

Release dateJuly 27, 2010
ManufacturerApple Inc.
TypeMulti-touch
ColorSilver
Operating system supportMac OS X Snow Leopard v 10.6.4 and higher
TechnologyWireless Bluetooth Technology
PredecessorMagic Trackpad
ConnectivityBluetooth
PowerTwo AA batteries (Replaceable)
CompatibilityBluetooth-enabled Mac Laptops & computers
Dimensions5.2 x 0.7 x 5.1 inches
Weight0.3125 Pound (0.14 kg)
Price$69
Magic Trackpad Specifications
Pros
  • Compatible with Mac computer & Mac mini.
  • Wireless Bluetooth Technology.
  • Replaceable two AA disposable batteries.
Cons
  • Not compatible with windows PC/Laptops.

Magic Trackpad 2 (2nd generation)

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The Magic Trackpad 2 is a multi-touch, force-Touch, and accurate trackpad released on October 13, 2015, and manufactured by Apple Inc. It supports OS X EI Caption(the twelfth major release of macOS)-Apple Inc.’s desktop and server operating system for Macintosh. It is a successor to the first-generation Magic Trackpad.

This Magic Trackpad 2 offers a rear view with the power switch left and the lightning port at the center. In addition, it provides haptic feedback(It responds to touches and simulates a click effect using electromagnets) with a multi-touch matte glass surface with force touch and a Taptic engine input.

  • The Magic Trackpad 2 supports MacBook computers and iPad devices.
  • It supports Bluetooth 3.0+EDR & lightning connectivity.
  • This 2nd generation Magic Trackpad runs on Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery.
  • You can drag or rotate objects, and photosscroll through the webpage, pinch to zoom in/zoom out, and many more gestures.
  • The other benefits are gestures, like 3 figure swipe between desktops, mission control, etc.
  • You can slide your finger around and press to control on-screen pointers using the Force Touch pressure.

Specifications:

Release dateOctober 13, 2015
ManufacturerApple Inc.
TypeMulti-touch and force touch
ColorSilver
Operating system supportOS X EI Caption
TechnologyForce Touch technology
PredecessorMagic Trackpad
ConnectivityBluetooth 3.0+EDR, Lightning connector
PowerRechargeable Li-Po Battery (2024 mAh)
System RequirementsBluetooth-enabled Mac with OS X 10.11 or later, MacBook, & iPad with iPadOS 13.4 or later.
CompatibilityiMac, iPad and MacBook devices
Dimensions0.19-0.43 x 6.30 x 4.52 inches
Weight0.51 Pound (0.230 kg)
Price$129.00
Magic Trackpad 2 Specifications
Pros
  • Wireless Bluetooth pairing.
  • Multi-touch & Force touch input.
  • Rechargeable Li-Po Battery.
  • Lightning port to charge.
Cons
  • Not compatible with windows PC/Laptops.

This Magic Trackpad 2 pairs automatically; you can charge it by connecting it to a USB-C port on Mac.

Magic Trackpad 3

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On March 10, 2022, apple released a Magic Trackpad with rounder corners, known as Magic Trackpad 3. By comparing technical features, Magic Trackpad 3 is the same as Magic Trackpad2. Let us look at the Features.

Magic Trackpad 3 is a Control Pad for iMacs, iPads, and MacBooks. This Trackpad automatically pairs with the device by using Bluetooth connectivity. You can use a long-lasting battery for a month.

Features:

Like Magic Trackpad 2, Magic Trackpad 3 offers the same additional features:

  • Control Pad for iMacs, iPads, and MacBooks.
  • It has longer battery life.
  • Sensors offer different features to detect individual pressures.
  • It supports rotating objects and photos, scrolling through the webpage, pinching to zoom in/zoom out, and many more.
  • It offers Force touch gestures.
  • Continuous glass surface.

Specifications:

Release dateMarch 10, 2022
ManufacturerApple Inc.
TypeMulti-touch and force touch
ColorBlack
Operating system supportOS X EI Caption
TechnologyForce Touch technology
PredecessorMagic Trackpad
ConnectivityAutomatic pairing with the device via Bluetooth and Lightning connector.
Powerlonger battery life
System RequirementsBluetooth-enabled Mac with OS X 10.11 or later;
iPad with iPadOS 13.4 or higher
CompatibilityiMac and iPad devices
Dimensions0.19-0.43″ x 6.30″ x 4.52″ inches
Weight0.51 Pound (0.230 kg)
Price$149.00
Magic Trackpad 3 Specifications
Pros
  • Control Pad for iMacs, iPads & MacBooks.
  • Continuous glass surface.
  • Longer battery life.
  • Automatic pairing via Bluetooth.
Cons
  • It does not provide internal support.

How to Setup

You can connect your Mac with Apple Magic Trackpads. All three forms are below:

Initial pairing(with Lighting USB cable)

Do connect the lighting cable to your Mac, and follow the given path;

Go to the System SettingsSystem preferences > Bluetooth– turn it on the toggle button >Select your Trackpad and tap on “Continue.”

Wireless Pairing(without cable):

Step.1) ➞ Go to the Bluetooth file exchange.

Step.2) ➞ Press Command + space. (Browser window will open)

Step.3) ➞ Tap the down arrow to select your Trackpad.

Step.4) ➞ Press Return to connect.

Find a nearby device:

Step.1) ➞ Select Apple Menu 

Step.2) ➞Go to the System Settings 

Step.3) ➞ Select the nearby device (Trackpad) and Connect it.

More gestures

Select Apple Menu > Go to the System Preferences > click on Trackpad > More gestures. 

➞ Swipe between full-screen apps:

There are three options: set swipe left-right with three or four fingers or put it Off.

➞ Notification Centre:

You can enable the toggle button to allow the Swipe left from the right edge option to use two fingers.

➞ Mission Control:

Mission control shows three options: set the Swipe up with three or four fingers or put it Off.

➞ Apple Expose:

Like Mission Control, Apple expose shows three options to set Swipe down with three or four fingers.

➞ Launchpad:

It shows a toggle button to enable a pinch with the thumb and three fingers.

➞ Show Desktop:

It shows a toggle button to enable Spread with the thumb and three fingers.

Force Touch support/ Does Magic Trackpad have force touch?

The force touch technology helps pressure-sensitive touch. The Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Trackpad 3 are force touch capable with Mac.

Magic Trackpad 2 is no 3D touch. There is a hardware difference between 3D Touch and Force Touch. Force Touch uses electrodes on the edge of the trackpad screen, and 3D touch uses a capacitive sensor to measure pressure.

Haptic Feedback

Apple’s second-generation trackpad provides haptic feedback with a built-in Taptic Engine. It can use with MacBook Trackpads. It brings a similar Force Touch experience to the Magic Trackpad 2.

Coils of copper wire form powerful electromagnets to push and pull against the steel bar. They are mounted to the underside of the trackpad surface and simulate the sound and feel of a touch click.

FAQs

Q1. Does Magic Trackpad replace mouse?

Ans. Yes, Magic Trackpad replaces the mouse with its gestures and touch-click sensor.

Q2. Can I use Apple Pencil on trackpad?

Ans.  Apple Pencil can use with an iPad, requiring the sub-display scanning technology of iPad models. That means you can’t use the Apple Pencil on Trackpad.

Q3. Is Magic Trackpad 2 discontinued?

Ans. In June 2021, Apple stopped selling Space Gray color Magic Trackpad 2. It is available in Silver and Black colors.

Q4. Can you use Magic Trackpad to draw?

Ans. Yes, you can draw on the Magic Trackpad with your fingers.

Q5. Can I use an Apple trackpad on a PC?

Ans. Yes, you can use the Apple Trackpad on a PC by using GitHub software called Mac Precision Touchpad. (Windows precision Driver Implementation for Apple MacBook/Magic Trackpad.)

Q6. Is there a magic trackpad 3?

Ans. The Magic Trackpad 3 is available in Black at the Apple store. It is a new version of Magic Trackpad 2 with the same functionality & different color.

Q7. What’s the difference between a touchpad and a trackpad?

Ans. A touchpad is a rectangular pointing device sensitive to touch and easy to slide with a fingertip on a pad. In comparison, Trackpad is a pressure-sensitive glide pad usually available on the laptop to move the cursor.

Q8. How long do Apple trackpads last?

Ans. Apple Trackpads last for five years.

Q9. Where do you place the Magic Trackpad?

Ans. You can place the Magic Trackpad in different places you want. Some of them are listed below:

At the edge of the desk;
Under the keyboard;
On the right side of the keyboard and more.

Q10. Is Magic Trackpad discontinued?

Ans. The first-generation Magic Trackpad is discontinued and unavailable on Apple’s official website. 

Q11. Should I disable Magic Trackpad when not in use?

Ans. Yes, you can disable Magic Trackpad anytime. You can turn off the Magic Trackpad through the power button.

Q12. Does the Magic Trackpad work with iPad?

Ans. Apple’s Magic Trackpad 2 & Magic Trackpad 3 work with iPad version 13.4 or higher.

Q13. is a mouse or trackpad better for wrist?

Ans. The trackpad is helpful for gestures and casual computer use. It is better for the wrist. By using a trackpad, you can use shortcuts for gestures more easily. In other cases, the mouse would be better for specific gaming and 3D modeling.

Q14. is trackpad better for carpal tunnel?

Ans. Using a Trackpad by lifting your wrists off your work surface can save the carpal tunnel area. In addition, it helps to protect your nerves and blood flow from getting shrunken.
In conclusion, people are using Magic Trackpad for their individual uses. Most of them prefer to use it for good gestures. At the same time, other people who work for a long time choose to use a mouse for gaming, modeling, and many more. At last, some use both a mouse and trackpad per their work needs.
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