"Updated" 17" MBP has 4-finger swipe (So it's software?)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by alphaod, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    According to the specs about the "updated" 17" MBP, the touchpad supports 4-finger swipe. Considering this is the same touchpad as the last MBP shouldn't this mean a software update can enable this functionality?

  2. raymondu999 macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2008
    I believe this was the case with all the Penryn (just turned last gen) MacBook pros, and the 1st MacBook Airs. However, is Apple WILLING to do that? I think not
  3. risenphoenixkai macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2008
    I wouldn't hold my breath. Apple has a nasty history of not enabling things like this for "old" hardware, even though there's no reason other than marketing for them not to do it.

    They used to be a lot better about it; the original 5th gen iPods got game support and gapless playback when the 5.5 gen came out a year later, and earlier iPods had podcast support added to them via firmware updates when podcasting became a big deal. I remember they also used to add new features during point upgrades to the OS rather than just "bug fixes," like one point upgrade for Panther that added support for WPA if I remember correctly.

    A couple years ago they added 802.11n support for some notebooks that didn't come out of the factory with the software to enable it, but they charged $1.99 for the software update.

    Then there's the iPod Touch - Apple charges for software updates for that.

    I seriously doubt Apple is going to issue a software update for the "old" (7 months is "old") MacBook Pros for the four-finger gestures. Other than simple customer satisfaction, they have no reason to do this… they can just as easily argue that the Pros didn't come with this functionality out of the box, so you haven't really lost anything by not getting the new features of the new machines (even though the 17" model hardly qualifies as "new").

    Personally, I'd even pay $1.99 for updated multitouch for my Early 2008 MBP. Even so, I don't see it happening, in which case I have a one finger gesture for them…
  4. shoppy macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2007
    Spoke to apple tech support, they say the new 17" doe support 4 finger swipe. I guess I will see when I get my new machine.

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