The whole touch pad is a button?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by joelypolly, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. joelypolly macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2003
    Melbourne & Shanghai
    I just had an idea while looking at the images of the frame. It looks like they have really reinforced the touch pad area which got me thinking maybe they did it so that the whole touch pad can be used as button.
    So you can "click" the pad instead of buttons.

    Make sense coz now you have the extra space that was taken by the large single mouse button

    What does everyone else think?
  2. riz78612 macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2007
    Specifically, Gruber confirms that the new MacBook Pros will have "buttonless" trackpad which is made of glass. However, it appears the entire trackpad is one large button:

    Thats the latest news. Its not your idea.
  3. joelypolly thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2003
    Melbourne & Shanghai
    Guess i haven't been paying attention to the latest news
  4. Dreamer2go macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    you can still tap on the trackpad in the current MBPs and that is like a "button" too...
  5. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    What worries me about some of these trackpad rumors is how pathetic I thought some mock-up I saw of a MacBook with an iPhone in the trackpad area was. If all those are true, that's probably the next step. Eek.
  6. raymondu999 macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2008
    But it's not "clickable," like the new one is said to do. I wonder how we would "drag" in the new mousepad... Being glass, it'll be a bit more grippy on our fingers?
  7. OttawaGuy macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2006
    My finger slides fine on my ipod touch. It shouldn't be an issue.
  8. avigalante macrumors 6502


    Feb 18, 2007
    New York City
    Well fingers tend to drag on glass displays; but what's far more alarming, is the notion of a tactless mouse button.
  9. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    With exactly the same action as you do now I would expect. You keep your thumb statically pressed down towards the front of the pad whilst using your finger to direct the drag. A multitouch pad would easily be able to interpret this.
  10. raymondu999 macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2008
    Another thing - I'm very anal about oil and dirt on my screens. Hence for all my phones, and also my iPhone, I'm wiping it all the time... This might be a case with the new one...:(
  11. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    It shouldn't really matter if it's glossy or not, cause there is no screen.

    As with the no button, it'll just be like the Blackberry Storm.
  12. Polymira macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2008
    I'm hoping that this one isn't true.

    I just don't see Apple doing this to the Pro line for some reason, no mouse button what so ever.

    But, if it gets released today, I hope best buy gets them in. As my macbook is on ebay now and I'm upgrading friday. But no apple store within 100 miles.
  13. thespyglass macrumors regular


    Aug 22, 2008
    Liverpool UK
    Ah, that answers a question I had, thank you.
  14. marvel2 macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2007
    Instead of adding another button, the remove it entirely!

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