Original MacBook Air Capable of 4 Finger Gestures Through Software Update

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    Hardmac points back to a post made in our own forums which details the experience of one user enabling four finger gestures on his 1st generation MacBook Air.
    This method is very much a "hack" at this time and is certainly not recommended for the casual user, but does suggest that Apple could enable the four-finger gestures on early 2008 MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs through a simple software update.

    When Apple introduced the new notebooks in October, they introduced a new four-finger gesture that could be used to invoke Expose. It hadn't been clear if the four-finger gesture would be possible on existing multi-touch trackpads which have shipped in the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro since early 2008.



    Article Link: Original MacBook Air Capable of 4 Finger Gestures Through Software Update
     
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    That's great. Too bad Apple probably won't do that. Someone needs to come out with a user-friendly way to do this, however. I would gladly pay for the ability to use four finger gestures on my 1st gen Air.
     
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    I don't think its a shock to anyone that this is possible on pre-October 2008 models. It's just apple being apple
     
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    I wonder just how much of "gesturing" is really hardware-based if this pans out.
     
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    Would a similar version of this "hack" work on previous-edition Macbooks? Or did the Macbooks ever get 4-fingered gestures?
     
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    Has Apple ever been known to backwards-enable new functionality in old products? Not that I can think of, but I'm curious.
     
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    Ipod Touch software updates, anyone? ;)
     
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    The pre-multitouch laptops have trackpads designed by Synaptics rather than Apple, if I recall.
     
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    Previous generation MacBooks will not be able to.

    There are 3 different types of trackpads out there:

    Regular trackpad (non Multi-Touch) which does offer two finger scrolling
    Multi-Touch Trackpad - came with MBA and Early 2008 MBPs
    Glass Multi-Touch Trackpad - came with Oct 2008 MBs and MBPs

    It seems the functionality of the Glass and the non Glass multi-touch are similar enough that they can both detect 4-finger gestures. I don't believe it's possible for the regular trackpads to do anything but what they already do.

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    Apple for the longest time opposed a two button mouse, now they expect us to use two or more fingers? This is outrageous. Maybe in the future we can reboot our macs using a 12-finger gesture.
     
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    Thanks, Jeff and Arn, for the reply to my question.

    LOL. That made me crack up. :D
     
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    I wonder how much they would charge for this software update? $10? I would very highly doubt it would be for free given their reasoning behind charging for previous-gen iPod touch updates...
     
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    Or perhaps they would design it to detect a single middle-finger gesture for reboots.
     
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    I hate when apple does stuff like this.
    Just because they want to have something new and unique on the newer laptops :mad:
     
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    Wireless N enabler for Intel Wireless G iMacs, but yes you probably will have to pay for it like the enabler or the ipod touch updates.
     
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    Better description would be the following, actually:

    1. Regular trackpad (non Multi-Touch) does NOT offer two finger scrolling.
    2. Scrolling trackpad with two finger scrolling
    3. Multi-Touch Trackpad - came with MBA and Early 2008 MBPs
    4. "Glass" Multi-Touch Trackpad - came with Oct 2008 MBs and MBPs

    2 finger scrolling was built-in to Macs and OSX from 2005 onward. Some pre-2005 laptops were able to have their trackpads 2-finger scroll enabled using a 3rd party driver, but G3 iBooks and TiBooks and before all are definitely "regular trackpads"
     
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    IIRC, Apple added the 2-finger right-click to PowerBooks in 10.5. Before that, it was only a feature on the MacBook Pros. Maybe they waited for Leopard because purchasing Leopard counted as the "upgrade fee".
     
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    I've used a MacBook Aluminum Restore DVD to get 4-Finger-Swipe on my 1st Gen MBA. It's great, but I use a BT Mouse most of the time so I don't really need it. I don't see why Apple wouldn't enable the feature later - or at least have the drivers for it in 10.5.6 --> you need to edit a plist file inside a ktext to enable it even with the right software.

    This has also been reported in the MacBook Air forums on MR for almost a month now that the 4-finger swipe was possible - it just makes the front page now?? ;)
     
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    Of course since you never really need to reboot a Mac... except for software updates which you would presumably do on your own volition and not out of frustration
     
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    Please apple, please.
     
  21. macrumors newbie

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    Do you know why the new MacBook Air still has a button on the trackpad ?
     
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    Why is this on Page One if your not going to show us how to perform the hack?
     
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    I'm guessing they didn't want to have to redesign the case just to add that glass trackpad.

    it's linked off the article. click on it.

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    yeah aple could just do it with a software update, but i doubt they would. that is what people want..sooo not very appleish, it's usually what they want,a nd we take it and think of t amazing and learn to love it..
     
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    Wirelessly posted (iPod touch: Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5F137 Safari/525.20)

    Don't they claim they have to do this because of some weird fiscal accounting?
     

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