New Mac Accessories

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by rawweb, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. rawweb macrumors 6502a

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    Just ordered the new Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2, should arrive sometime later this week or early next. I've got MVC's upgraded Bluetooth and WIFI/AC card in my cMP, so all should theoretically work. I'll report back findings.
     
  2. Synchro3 macrumors 65816

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    Yes, the Magic Trackpad 2 needs bluetooth 4.0.

    Pls report your experiences.
     
  3. rawweb thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Indeed. Just checked my order status with Apple and it still hasn't shipped! Hoping soon..
     
  4. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    Also, can you try to turn off the BT and only connect it via the lightning cable (BEFORE pair up via BT)? Someone in the accessory forum said that the trackpad can be used in this way, so BT 4.0 is technically not necessary, but I doubt if it's possible.
     
  5. rawweb thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm excited to give that a try as well. Apple shipped it today and it's due to arrive Friday.
     
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  7. thevidness, Oct 15, 2015
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    thevidness macrumors newbie

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    I've got that thing (magic trackpad 2) today and tried some stuff:

    Connected it via Lightning to a 2012 RMBP running 10.10.5 -> Basic cursor movement + "left" click + haptic feedback for that work. Nothing else, no scrolling, no "right" click (two-fingers). Bluetooth pairing fails obviously.

    Connected it via Lightning to a 2007 MBP running 10.11 GM -> On first glance everything works fine and as expected! Clicking, two finger clicking, two finger scroll on both axes. Tap-to-Click, Two-finger-Tap-to-Right-Click. In System Preferences are settings for how much force you need to register a normal click and options for haptic feedback and force touch stuff. Even fast-forwarding through a quicktime movie depending on how much you press into the click works.

    This thing works wired! You only really need 10.11 installed. Love this.

    edit: clarified "thing" = magic trackpad 2
     
  8. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    Thanks for the testing. So, basically all Mac Pro can use it regardless the BT spec. In fact, if I have one, I may prefer to leave it plugged and use it. Trackpad is not mouse, no movement during use, and the cable will not interfere by USB3.0 Wi-Fi, etc.
     
  9. rawweb thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I will verify when it arrives tomorrow with my Mac Pro to be certain. However, it would seem someone else has indeed already verified.
     
  10. thevidness macrumors newbie

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    I just took my chances and installed El Capitan on my 5,1 Mac Pro and the Trackpad works as expected in wired mode. I do not have the WIFI AC and BT 4.0 upgrade installed yet. but I ordered one from osxwifi. looking forward to try that, too.

    cheers
     
  11. haralds macrumors 6502

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    I also have the BT/WiFI card upgrade in my 5,1. They work as advertised. Only the trackpad needs the new card.
     
  12. rawweb, Oct 16, 2015
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    rawweb thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    As it's now been confirmed a few times, it does indeed work as expected.

    You can use both devices with just USB, if you don't have the bluetooth 4 upgrade in your old pro.

    First thoughts: Wow these devices are thin. Love typing on this keyboard. I've been a long hold out on the old keyboard with numeric pad...but this thing is really nice to type on. Both devices are incredibly thin. I was amazed at the difference in size on the track pad. Photos attached (including USB verification, through my 30" ACD hub).

    EDIT: MT2 functions as expected with MVC's Bluetooth 4/Wifi AC upgrade.
     

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  13. PowerMac G4 MDD macrumors 68000

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    I like how Apple finally understood that flat keys are annoying and uncomfortable. While the new keyboard has thinner keys than before, the fact that they are slightly contoured is a bit reassuring; I like contoured keys.
     
  14. ibarnett macrumors regular

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    Yes, I bit the bullet & bought all the new toys :)
    Couldn't resist it, all work very well.
    I have 2010 modded with WIFI AC and BT 4.0 upgrade, plus I modded the antenna to the rear. Even then I still suffered spasmodic "stutters" with the old magic mouse & trackpad.
    So far the new ones are working perfectly.
    Expensive upgrade (even more so with our aussie prices),but working.
     
  15. lowendlinux Contributor

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    Think positive. Your new keyboard costs as much a the new base I ordered for mine. ;)
     
  16. goMac macrumors 603

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    I was able to use the new trackpad without a BT 4.0 upgrade just fine. Wired and wireless.
     
  17. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    My Mac Pro is upgraded with 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0. I just picked up a Magic Mouse 2 and I'm happy to report that reception seems much better than the original Magic Mouse. As a matter of fact, the Magic Mouse 2 has better reception than my 1st gen Magic Trackpad which was never the case with the original Magic Mouse.
     

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