Can someone explain Inertial Scrolling to me

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by intolaomair, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. intolaomair macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2010
    Hey guys,

    does the older macbook pro's have scrolling too no the trackpad? with 2 fingers? Whats the difference here.

  2. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    According to MacRumors:

    The new MacBook Pro offers an enhanced multi-touch trackpad supporting inertial scrolling. The feature, already present in similar forms on Apple's iPhone OS devices and the Magic Mouse, allows users to "flick" while scrolling as the trackpad senses the momentum of the gesture and smoothly scrolls through long documents and libraries.
  3. angemon89 macrumors 68000


    Feb 5, 2008
    The place where Apple designs stuff
    I'm assuming you need to use 2 fingers, right?
  4. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    the older macbooks have scrolling on the trackpads too, this is just more intuitive and goes along with the software direction of the iPhone OS, you flick your finger to scroll on the iPhone and now you can do the same on the MBPs.
  5. Hellishness macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    i think that its just like iphones. if you flick your fingers, it will keep scrolling instead of stopping.
  6. jgassens macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2009
    The older ones do not support inertial scrolling

    It would be nice if someone would find out, exactly, what it is that is different hardware wise, but there seems to be a hardware difference.

    Inertial scrolling essentially means that, if you flick the screen (or trackpad) with some amount of force, the screen will scroll with the 'momentum' you pushed into the trackpad. Not such a big deal, since you can buy a Magic Mouse and have that capacity at your desk with your laptop, if you want.
  7. psingh01 macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2004
    that's what I figure. just like the iphone, the faster you flick the faster/longer it scrolls until it "slows down".
  8. dendritic cells macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Boston MA
    +1 :D

    and yes for scrolling you need two fingers. You can set it with/without momentum and adjust the speed as well. Three fingers for navigate and four for expose/switch applications.
  9. crucius macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2010
  10. Br00kstopher macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2011
    A young designer at Apple created inertial scrolling years ago. He also designed the icon magnification on the OS X dock.

    Jobs interviewed the young guy after receiving an email inquiry regarding graphical user interface design. He was asked to come to Cupertino for an interview. The interview went terribly and later on that day, Jobs saw the guy in the Apple lobby looking dejected. The young guy asked Jobs if he could show him some ideas in a last ditch attempt to get a job. He showed Jobs doc magnification and inertial scrolling and Jobs immediately hired him. Wish I knew his name, he should get some credit for it. I believe this was in the early 2000s.
  11. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    Even the MacBook with Intel Core Duo that came out in 2006 had it.
    I remember my PBG4 had tap to click but I dont remember scrolling.
  12. snipper macrumors regular


    Feb 9, 2004
    The Guy

    Maybe it was Bas Ording? He went to Apple in the late 90's. The Dock already existed in the first version of OS X (in 2000 was the public beta) so chronologically, it could be him.

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