Why Apple?Why?

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  1. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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    I have a 2005 Powerbook G4 with a scrolling trackpad. A couple of days ago I got to use my brother's MB. I found that it has this really cool two-finger right click feature. That is, when you tap with two fingers, it acts as a right click, really nice. What I don't understand though is why apple didn't release any kind of driver update for powerbook/ibook owners to enable such a feature.

    There is a software called iscroll2 that enables such a feature but only for older Macs with a non-scrolling trackpad. And as far as I understand, it is a software issue not a Hardware one.

    So why can't Apple just role out some update to enable such a feature on scrolling-trackpads?. Is there a technical reason why this is not possible?. Any input is highly appreciated, Thanks :).
     
  2. clevin macrumors G3

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    i tend to think its a hardware issue, otherwise, the upgrade of OS should solve it already.
     
  3. seanf macrumors 6502

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    This may be tehnically possible, but why would they want to provide another reason for customers not to buy their latest and greatest products?

    Sean :)
     
  4. Compile 'em all thread starter macrumors 601

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    C'mon. you think people will upgrade just to get the two-finger right click!.
     
  5. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Sure, why not?! ;) :p :D
     
  6. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    It all adds to the feature count. The MacBooks/MacBook Pros are better to live with than the iBooks/PowerBooks, and this is part of the reason why.

    In fact the two finger click is one of my favourite features. I hate Winblows laptops where you have to awkwardly stretch your finger underneath at an odd angle to reach the right click...
     
  7. smueboy macrumors 6502a

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    I too love the two-finger trackpad functions and wonder how i lived without them. I would have thought it was a software issue, but maybe the trackpad in the MBPs is different - it is certainly sensitive enough to discern three fingers from two.
     
  8. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    The earlier PowerBooks that work with iScroll all have ADB-based trackpads (yes, ADB!) The newer ones that don't work have USB-based trackpads. It's more likely the creator of iScroll is just too lazy or doesn't know how to write USB drivers (not entirely hard to believe, perhaps he was a career programmer back in the beige Mac days, but now does something else so doesn't keep updated on stuff...)

    What I want to know is, is there a way to get this to work on other ADB PowerBooks (all the G3s and stuff).
     
  9. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    Wow I had no idea some PB's used the ADB, but I guess it does make since... for the n00bs to Macs, are the newer people to Mac... 1999+, ADB = Apple Desktop Bus, i believe. apple used the ADB connector for modems, kbs, mouses, etc.
    I can check for you, dan... getting my PB G3 lombard working this week. :)
     
  10. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Some iMac G3s still had serial ports hidden inside their plastic shells.
     
  11. seanf macrumors 6502

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    No, I think it's just another small incentive on the list of reasons to upgrade.

    Sean :)
     
  12. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

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    Just use this............ http://iscroll2.sourceforge.net/

    works like a charm
     
  13. lord patton macrumors 65816

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    not thinkin', not carin' :rolleyes:
     
  14. Compile 'em all thread starter macrumors 601

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    Did you actually read my post that you quoted or read the first two lines in the site you linked to :rolleyes:.

    "I have a 2005 Powerbook G4 with a scrolling trackpad."
    "Scroll2 is a modified trackpad driver that adds two-finger scrolling capabilities to supported pre-2005 PowerBooks and iBooks on OS X 10.3 and up."
     
  15. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    You just don't actually read posts before you reply, do you? :p

    I know Sidetrack (which isn't a two-finger system) works on both USB and ADB trackpads. So it *could* be done. As observed above... looks like the project team just doesn't have the time to invest in it. :(

    (EDIT: Sorry, apparently I bring up the caboose of the flame wagon! :eek: )
     
  16. Compile 'em all thread starter macrumors 601

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    I think I lost a couple of IQ points after I read his post ;)
     
  17. noaccess macrumors 6502

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    I know for a fact that the 2-finger right-click feature will be enabled for 2005-version iBooks and Powerbooks in Leopard. It is a software issue.

    I've seen this on someone else's computer running 9a321. It was a Powerbook, the same version as yours. So, don't worry, you'll have that feature a couple of months from now :)
     
  18. Compile 'em all thread starter macrumors 601

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    This is great news, thanks for the input :).
     

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