Thoughts concerning multitouch on notebooks

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by miggyb, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. miggyb macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2006
    I think multitouch makes perfect sense on the iPhone and the iPod touch. I mean, the only form of input you have on those devices is the screen, and if they didn't support multitouch it would be a bit like having a mac without a keyboard and only a one-button mouse.

    However, on all Apple notebooks you have a full-size keyboard along with a nice-sized trackpad. With the MBA, they decided to implement some ideas from the iPhone back into laptops, such as the zooming, turning pictures... etc.

    My question is... am I the only one that thinks this is kind of... gimmicky? I mean, I can see people using the two-finger scroll to move around a website in safari or what have you... but do people really need a laptop that recognizes two-finger rotation for turning photos in 90 degree increments?

    Personally, I probably wouldn't even remember the shortcut until after I had already pressed the "turn 90 degrees clockwise" button. I have difficulty seeing people actually using this on a laptop, unless that's the only thing they did.

    What are your thoughts?
  2. v-ault macrumors regular

    Dec 20, 2006
    Yeah it is gimmicky. It hardly adds to the experience.
  3. iTim314 macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2005
    Well I see some definite potential in Google's Sketchup 3D modeling program. To orbit or pan your view you have to select a designated tool to do so.

    Using the Multi-touch would certainly cut a few seconds off. That'd be a nice feature in a future version of Sketchup.

    As a side note, someone correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Apple update the PowerBook line with a firmware update that somehow enabled two-finger scrolling?

    If so, would a possible firmware update give Multitouch to current MacBook and MacBook Pro users?
  4. Sceneshifter macrumors 6502


    Jun 14, 2007
    dude, anyone doing 3D modelling with a trackpad has some serious Mouse shopping to do...

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