2016 MBP trackpad flaw: 3 finger drag bugged

Hyloba

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So I've been testing the new MBP in stores for some time. There is one flaw that all new MBPs seem to have that the old ones don't have: 3 finger drag is bugged.

Most of the time when I tried to drag with 3 fingers it would right click and move the cursor instead. Even if "tap to click" is off, meaning the trackpad shouldn't even register a right click because I didn't press hard enough.

This probably only is a software problem, but I would like to ask those who already have the new MBP to test it and report here.

Update 12/6: after receiving my own laptop and testing several others in shops and from buyers I can clearly say 3 finger drag is bugged. It's inconsistent enough to have made me stop using it. I am quite sure it is bugged due to palm rejection and I hope Apple is coming with a fix. I've tested the Magic Trackpad with my device and that works excellent.

Update 12/10: There is a dead zone in the center of the trackpad. Start dragging in the center of the trackpad and it won't register 3 fingers. Start dragging in the corners and everything works fine, you can even drag through the center of the trackpad once you initiated the drag from the corners.

Second update 12/10: Three finger drag works ALL THE TIME when you hold your fingers horizontally. When you hold your fingers vertically, you will notice a dead zone in the center of the trackpad.

This is why some people don't seem to notice the problem.

Third update 12/10: All gestures have a dead zone, but only when the gesture is initiated with your fingers placed perpendicular to the space bar.
 
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Hyloba

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I certainly do. I think most people haven't received their laptop yet.
You can just go in stores and grab the non touch bar one, plenty of people have it already. Was hoping to get some response from them.
 

Hyloba

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Or of other people can go check the next time they want to try it out, I would be grateful. I couldn't pleasantly navigate without the feature.
 

rkRusty

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3 finger drag is disabled by default. It's buried under accessibility in system preferences, and has been since Yosemite. It's the same for the new machines.
Here's a link if you're stuck.
 

Hyloba

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3 finger drag is disabled by default. It's buried under accessibility in system preferences, and has been since Yosemite. It's the same for the new machines.
Here's a link if you're stuck.
I am aware of this and enabled it in store.
 

macTW

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You can just go in stores and grab the non touch bar one, plenty of people have it already. Was hoping to get some response from them.
I hope to soon, but I haven't had time to go to the store for actual issues, such as requesting a fix on my laptop that they broke during the gpu fix.
 

Nick.Xiao

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I've been using it extensively for the past four days. EXTREMELY bugged three-finger drag.
 
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Goldfrapp

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Ugh, that's gonna be uber annoying if that's the case. I use it all the time. Let's make a big deal out of it so that Apple hears about it and fixes it before our babies are delivered.
 
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Hyloba

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Ok so this seems to be a problem then. I don't understand why this feature is so hidden like this. How can you work without it…
 

HGHTWRR

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Hey guys, i tried the 3 finger drag minutes ago at our local premium reseller.
i put 3 fingers on the trackpad, and dragged them towards the screen
tried it several times, workers every time.
or did i misunderstood the 3 finger drag?
 

b0fh666

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i'm a drag-lock person myself, always tought 3 finger drag on macs is unreliable at best :)
 

ConnorMcJeebus

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Hey guys, i tried the 3 finger drag minutes ago at our local premium reseller.
i put 3 fingers on the trackpad, and dragged them towards the screen
tried it several times, workers every time.
or did i misunderstood the 3 finger drag?
Try moving a Finder window or a Safari tab around by placing the cursor on top of the window/tab and dragging three fingers around the trackpad.
 

Orien

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It's definitely sporadic. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Haven't figured out a specific trigger to make it fail.
 

Virgo

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i'm a drag-lock person myself, always tought 3 finger drag on macs is unreliable at best :)
I use 3 finger drag every day on my 2011 mbp to swipe between fullscreen apps/desktop and it works perfectly always.. damn I really wanted a new laptop but there is nothing but bad news coming out for this one :(
 

Orien

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I wonder if its an soft or hardware issue
It's probably a software issue, because it worked fine on macOS 10.12 before the 10.12.1 update got applied.

And I've seen this issue on 3 2016 MBPs (2 non-TB, 1 TB) already.
 
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Hyloba

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There are similar posts on other forums and some of them think the palm rejection is to blame.

They mentioned that they have more problems at the edges of the trackpad, and also when you just used the keyboard.
 

elf69

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never knew of drag feature.

I just left clicked and hold and drag window around.
dont have new macbook but going to city weekend will look in apple store.

Works well on 2009 unibody macbook
 
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