The new ForceTouch Trackpad is pretty amazing!

HumpYourWayUp

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After owning a Mid-2012 15 inch Retina Macbook Pro for almost three years I bought the new maxed out 15 inch model. I am really happy with the overall big performance boost and the new GPU.

And the ForceTouch is really cool.
I used the old Trackpad (in the Macbook and the standalone version) for years. So I was eager to try out the new trackpad. The first day you might need some time to adjust to it (in my case half a day)!!
The click feels good (you can even change the intensity in the control panel). It is also nice that it clicks at the top of the trackpad (the old one was - how do you say - a rocker. So the top end of the pad was fixed - no clicking there :D).
What is very cool is that apps start to utilize the new trackpad. Like iMovie which offers a feedback on the pad. For example when you reach the end of a clip. (I hope the next Final Cut update integrates this too).

The force click is also a nice addition even though I would love to have more control in the settings what it does.

Nice read for new ForceTouch owners:

http://www.cnet.com/how-to/14-ways-to-use-force-click-on-your-macbook/

Some people don't like the new ForceTouch but remember people also went berserk when Apple dropped the floppy disk - lol
 
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Fthree

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100% agree with you. AND thoroughly love the performance of the 15'

I haven't owned a 15 inch but tried a few out at the apple store and before the force touch i didn't like the way the older models "clicked"
 

T5BRICK

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I agree, the Force Touch trackpad is great. I used it side by side with my mid 2009 MBP and the "click" feels different, but not enough to be a problem.

I've never been a fan of tap to click, so this is a great feature for me.
 

Cuniac

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The Force touch trackpad is great. The click feels slightly different but I really like how it is now. I'm a little confused with the Force touch though. I was under the impression that the 2nd click was with the taptic engine but it feels physical. Maybe I was wrong and it is physical lol. Either way I love it
 

T5BRICK

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The Force touch trackpad is great. The click feels slightly different but I really like how it is now. I'm a little confused with the Force touch though. I was under the impression that the 2nd click was with the taptic engine but it feels physical. Maybe I was wrong and it is physical lol. Either way I love it
The trackpad doesn't have a physical click at all. The "click" you're feeling, in either situation, is the haptic feedback tricking you into feeling a click.
 

Cuniac

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The trackpad doesn't have a physical click at all. The "click" you're feeling, in either situation, is the haptic feedback tricking you into feeling a click.
Seriously? I thought that was just the case on the MacBook but the MBP had 1st click was physical and 2nd was haptic
 

elmateo487

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Is no one having problems with the trackpad not releasing? So for example, you click into the volume slider of some web app, or quicktime etc and even if you let off with your finger the cursor will still be attached to the slider and moving the cursor still moves the slider?
 

T5BRICK

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Is no one having problems with the trackpad not releasing? So for example, you click into the volume slider of some web app, or quicktime etc and even if you let off with your finger the cursor will still be attached to the slider and moving the cursor still moves the slider?
Nope. Do you have tap to click enabled?
 

elmateo487

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Here is a quick low quality screen grab. Note it happening at :21 and :53. It will lock into the slider, and thats that. You can't see it, but I am removing my finger from the trackpad, and it still remains locked in there until I click again.

I can't get it to happen with tap to click turned off.

 

elmateo487

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Sounds like it's related to tap to click.
I would assume most things are new about the trackpad, and since this doesn't happen on my other two laptops, something must have changed in the tap to click if that is true.
 

827538

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After owning a Mid-2012 15 inch Retina Macbook Pro for almost three years I bought the new maxed out 15 inch model. I am really happy with the overall big performance boost and the new GPU.

And the ForceTouch is really cool.
I used the old Trackpad (in the Macbook and the standalone version) for years. So I was eager to try out the new trackpad. The first day you might need some time to adjust to it (in my case half a day)!!
The click feels good (you can even change the intensity in the control panel). It is also nice that it clicks at the top of the trackpad (the old one was - how do you say - a rocker. So the top end of the pad was fixed - no clicking there :D).
What is very cool is that apps start to utilize the new trackpad. Like iMovie which offers a feedback on the pad. For example when you reach the end of a clip. (I hope the next Final Cut update integrates this too).

The force click is also a nice addition even though I would love to have more control in the settings what it does.

Nice read for new ForceTouch owners:

http://www.cnet.com/how-to/14-ways-to-use-force-click-on-your-macbook/

Some people don't like the new ForceTouch but remember people also went berserk when Apple dropped the floppy disk - lol
Yup I totally agree, I have had both next to each other for benchmarking and the old trackpad feels just so dated and cumbersome to use. It really feels like you're clicking, quite something!
 
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