Apple Depicts Advanced Multitouch Gesturing Control Panel in Mac OS X

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In case there were any doubts that Apple was exploring the use of advanced multitouch gestures under Mac OS X, a recent Apple patent application authored by Wayne Westerman (of Fingerworks) shows mockups of a Mac OS X gesturing control panel with options to configure standard trackpad, basic multitouch, and advanced multitouch settings:


    Apple's notebooks already contain what we presume to be "basic multitouch" with two-finger scroll, rotate, and zoom, but "advanced multitouch" has not yet been seen in shipping products.

    The patent application depicts how one could customize these advanced gestures for Expose and Dashboard, by using four finger swipes up/down/left/right:


    File operations, such as Open, New, Save and Close using gestures based on your Thumb and Forefinger:


    And even editing operations such as Copy, Cut, Paste, Undo, Select All, Tab, and Cancel using gestures based on your Thumb and Two Fingers:


    They also claim to be able to distinguish between various combinations of fingers, including adjacent and non-adjacent finger presses. In particular, they point out that the pinky finger when applied sideways to the trackpad (as in the bottom of a fist) generates a unique pattern and could be used for its own customizable functionality: such as adjusting volume or putting the computer to sleep.

    Over the past few years, numerous multitouch patent applications have been revealed Apple's ongoing work on gesture computing. Apple has been making small and steady steps at introducing the multitouch interface -- first in the iPhone, and now in the MacBook Air. Apple is expected to expand this multitouch trackpad to the remainder of their notebook product line.

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  2. DMann macrumors 601


    Jan 13, 2002

    This is quite impressive. Looking forward to multi-touch on the new MacBook Pros. Perhaps, even the next generation Mighty Mouse will incorporate Multi-Touch capabilities.
  3. chrisdazzo macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2006
    HOLY... CRAP.

    I'm saving up RIGHT NOW for a Macbook Pro. :D
  4. TatsuTerror macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2008
  5. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    I imagine this will speed things up further still. But to learn EVERY gesture? Seems like a hobby more than a functional premise.
  6. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    Well, here's to hoping, but I won't be able to enjoy any of these features on my current setup, unfortunately.
  7. wesrk macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2007
    cool news. If the MBP get updated tomorrow or whenever they do, they'll probably have it.
  8. coolfactor macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    Next Up:

    Apple re-inventing the human-computer interface with... full-body computing.

    The mouse is going to see so archaic in a couple of years.

    I sit around 20 hours a day working on my computer (or so it feels), and my gut is paying the price. I welcome a little more physical movement in my computer usage. :)
  9. aswitcher macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
    So I take it the MBA and new MBPs should get this eventually as a update one day?
  10. dbaer macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2007
    London, UK
    Great, so we are finally getting cut & paste then?
  11. kskill macrumors member


    Jan 17, 2006
    new york, ny
    i thought tablets were going to be the next big thing, but i guess there still a ways off to becoming the norm.
  12. Silentwave macrumors 68000

    May 26, 2006
    Gainesville, FL
    All I can say is....


    They got us interested with two finger scrolling

    They got us hooked with iPhone and MBAir.

    Now is where the fun begins.

    File operations and edit operations are very intriguing. I could really speed up my workflow by not having to move my fingers off the trackpad or mouse around for menus.
  13. Lord Nerdos macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2007
    Apple keyboards too?

    It would be cool to have this option for desktops too... New Apple keyboards, anyone?
  14. Muzzway macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2007
    Perhaps the next patent application we will see will be a way to infuse all of these gestures into your memory...
  15. Bentov macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2007
    I hope not...

    There are some people in the world who don't have all of their fingers, or because of other issues don't have the dexterity or the control necessary to manipulate a system like this. While yes, the population that falls into this category is in the minority, we should all be aware of accessibility issues when creating computer interfaces.
  16. Rogzilla macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2007
    Alas for the tablet hopefuls. I think we can safely assume that Apple is going to focus on its touchbased computing through the trackpad and its portable devices for the time being. We may get a UMPC (Newton II or whatever) but not a Mac touch.

    I still think there will someday be a Mac tablet, but it doesn't look like it will be 2008.

    Looks like I am gonna be getting the HP TX2000 for my tablet/portable computing needs.
  17. shadowfax macrumors 603


    Sep 6, 2002
    Houston, TX
    I wonder if the next step for the desktop will be multi-touch versions of pads like the Wacom tablet things. That would be really awesome to have an 8" x 6" trackpad with support for laptop-style tracking with a finger, multitouch gestures, and high-precision + pressure-support with a stylus. That would be a great tool. I'd like to see those devices get a little more down to earth.
  18. MacFly123 macrumors 68020

    Dec 25, 2006
    Lol, I just barely made this then I looked at the home page and saw this article :)

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  19. dsl4c macrumors member

    Dec 26, 2007
    Portland, OR
    eww.. that macbook pro is ugly..
  20. shadowfax macrumors 603


    Sep 6, 2002
    Houston, TX
    true, but we don't all forego monitors because some people are blind. We just work on other tools that allow them to take advantage of computers in a different way. Same sort of thing here, I think. Multitouch is great, though, for accessibility. If you only have a few fingers on your hand, you can configure the thing to only support gestures you are able to perform. For some reason my intuition is that a trackpad might be better than a mouse for people with accessibility issues. But maybe I am way wrong :)

    You know what they say... it's all fun and games till you close the laptop too hard and the glass shatters... ;)
  21. Prof. macrumors 601


    Aug 17, 2007
    Can't Apple release an update making ALL macbooks have multi-touch track pads?
  22. MacFly123 macrumors 68020

    Dec 25, 2006
    I love the way it would let you choose "Standard Trackpad", "Basic Multi-Touch", and "Advanced Multi-Touch. That will make it a LOT less intimidating. Apple rules :) I can't wait to see how they tackle this for desktops :)
  23. MacFly123 macrumors 68020

    Dec 25, 2006
    I really think it will. I do not see them doing touch displays on either the laptops or desktops at all. If they do it probably will only be on one specific product and not for several years.
  24. kockgunner macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    looks sorts confusing. And why do we need copy/paste gestures? Isn't command c and v on the keyboard efficient enough?

    Anyway I dont think we'll see these gestures on the new MBPs since the mb air came out recently with only 'basic multitouch'
  25. Cleve macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2007

    Putting the Mac to sleep by applying the bottom of your fist? It is so natural!

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