How useful is the new Force Touch trackpad?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by stanw, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. stanw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    I was using a touch enabled Wacom tablet for my trackpad with my old iMac though I am wondering how useful the ability to use Force Touch on the new trackpad is?

    Any thoughts on this?

  2. aevan macrumors 68030


    Feb 5, 2015
    It's a beautifully made and implemented technology that really feels like the future.... and is, sadly, almost completely unused by software developers. Unlike the 3D touch pb my iPhone I almost never use it, not because it's bad - but because almost no apps on OS X take advantage of it.

    With that said, the trackpad itself is really good, and a lot better, more reliable and responsive for finger input than a Wacom touch-enabled tablet (again - touch - not talking about the stylus)
  3. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    Even with the lack of developer support I use force touch quite often for stuff like quick look and definitions. I really love it for quick look that one I use a lot. From time to time I'll use it to preview a link but I don't do that often.
  4. Laai macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2012
    Omnigraffle uses ForceTouch on my new Trackpad. When aligning forms the Trackpad gives feedback when something is in line with, or in the middle of, something.
  5. sunapple, Mar 6, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2016

    sunapple macrumors 65816


    Jul 16, 2013
    The Netherlands
    It even vibrates lightly when aligning objects in Pages. Things like these make me confident about its usefulness for the future, but for now you could do without (obviously, right?).
  6. merkinmuffley macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2010
    Not very useful now, might get better down the road.
  7. johngordon macrumors 68000

    Apr 19, 2004
    The force touch doesn't seem like it has that much use, but the trackpad is excellent.

    I had one of the older ones, but it gave me tennis elbow, and now use a Wacom tablet too (which I can't recommend highly enough). I kept the trackpad for my left hand and use it for gestures like expose / switching Windows. Got one of the new trackpads as I was sold on the idea of it being more evenly clickable.

    The tablet and the trackpad in tandem are a great combination.
  8. Cape Dave macrumors 68000

    Nov 16, 2012
    I went back to my Evoluent Mouse. The pad sits in the closet. May eBay that puppy.
  9. theNatest macrumors member


    Jan 14, 2016
    Twin Cities
    I ended up placing it on the left and went with the steelseries sensei wireless mouse. I'm left handed and living the dream haha.

    I love the trackpad for all the reasons above - it's great now and will only get better as it becomes more integrated.

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  10. Puonti macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2011
    This is the combination I use at work, too. Works wonderfully.

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