trackpad questions

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by actorkid, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. actorkid macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2008
    i'm completely aware that the MBP and macbook trackpads are completely different since the MBP now has a HARDWARE change, giving it "multi-touch" thus allowing advanced two finger/three finger gestures.

    I'm wondering, however, why it wouldnt be possible for apple to upgrade the macbook trackpad with at least a couple of new gestures.

    I know the technology on the macbook trackpad wouldnt be able to do things such as pinching/rotating.

    but since the macbook trackpad can clearly distinguish between one and two contact points moving in a linear motion, why couldnt apple upgrade the trackpad to allow something like a two finger swipe for moving forward and backward between webpages. (up/down for scrolling, left/right for paging)

    The three finger swipe found in the multi-touch trackpad is really the only gesture i would use, so a two finger swipe, rather than a three finger swipe would solve this problem.

    so, in short: in theory shouldnt it be possible for apple to allow the macbook trackpad to perform a few more basic two finger, linear gestures without a hardware upgrade?
  2. Italchef macrumors 6502

    Nov 3, 2003
    Maple, Ontario
    I don't know really what the answer is to your question. Increasing the trackpad's gesture range, no matter how small, is still a hardware upgrade. The way I see it, from a marketing point of view, Apple needs to maintain a fairly hefty division between the consumer macbooks and the pro range. I do believe that they will give the macbooks the full range trackpad in the not-so-distant future, but I can't see this happening before a major revision to the macbook pros. I'm about to invest in a macbook myself, and while I'd love to have the same gesture range that the air and pros have, its not a big deal for me and in no way would make me delay my purchase. It's inherent when buying Apple products to question the timing of future revisions, but after a while one realizes that you just buy it and love it and never look back.


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