What good is a glass trackpad?

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  1. 204467 macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure which forum to put this in, but I'll put it here since that's where I've heard the most rumors. I want to know something; what is the point of a glass trackpad? I'm sure that it wouldn't break, the build quality would be better than that, I'm just wondering why bother. Wouldn't it cost more and have a much different feel to it than a regular trackpad? I've used the iPhone and iPod Touch before and I don't think that putting glass in a notebook for the trackpad would be too good of an idea. Tell me what you think, or give reasons as to why you want one.
     
  2. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    It gives the marketing men an extra bullet point when they try to sell it?
     
  3. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    I'm inclined to agree with jpmittins. What is the point of a glass trackpad? Sure, it may be a selling point with the marketing people, but what, or where is the advantage or point of the technology? Just because it is there?
     
  4. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    Im thinking it will be a screen, like the iPT and iP, normal use as trackpad with multitouch etc, and then it can also be a screen, for certain apps etc.
     
  5. skunk macrumors G4

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    A glass trackpad wouldn't develop that nasty shiny surface in use, and it could be configured with illuminated marked out zones for more sophisticated touch-style manipulation.
     
  6. John585 macrumors member

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    what would happen if someone dropped the mb, would the glass trackpad be completely safe from it?
     
  7. calculus Guest

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    This would depend on a number of things

    • How high it was dropped from
    • What it was dropped on to
    • Whether it was subsequently run over by a tractor

    Firstly of course it would need to exist...
     
  8. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

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    It'd be something different, I suppose. That's enough reason for some. That and what other users have said about not showing signs of wear / tear. However I still seriously doubt it's going to be introduced to the macbooks.
     
  9. JoeDRC macrumors 6502

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    well assuming it was dropped closed, i'd be more worried about your broken MB than the glass trackpad
     
  10. .:R2theT macrumors 6502

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    Snorting Special K in the dorms! Apple knows who they are marketing to.;)
     
  11. DarkFlame macrumors regular

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    that made me lol like no other.
     
  12. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Hey guys,

    I own a iPod touch and I know for a fact that the screen is glass, and the touch has multi-touch gestures. Does that ring any bells? Glass is stronger, easier to clean, and plastic is not environment-friendly. And glass looks cool with steel/aluminum. I'm guessing it will have multi-touch, maybe some cool FX lighting like Alienware does on theres. <-- scratch that, maybe just a backlight so ppl can see it in the dark.
     
  13. 204467 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's an interesting take on in. However, if you're spending all of your money on drugs, how would you afford a MacBook (Pro) with a glass trackpad?
     
  14. waffle911 macrumors regular

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    Dead on (with the environmental thing). The whole transition from plastic to glass and aluminum means cutting out as much plastic as possible. If the touch pad doesn't need to be plastic, why make it plastic? Plus, glass is more durable. If they made the glass matte, then it wouldn't wear down nearly as quickly as the current plastic surfaces do. As far as a backlight, I haven't a clue what use people could possibly have for a backlit touch pad, as it has no markings of any sort and is easily found by touch because it is usually recessed somewhat on most notebooks.

    As far as breaking a glass touchpad, keep in mind it will be surrounded by aluminum on all sides, giving it additional rigidity. That said, glass is a primary structural support in the automotive industry; the windshield helps to support the weight of a convertible if it flips over, so the area above the beltline (the line formed by the bottom of the windows on a car) isn't completely collapsed. Roll bars help too, but its also the reason why in a convertible the beltline rises so high towards the back and the back seats are so low. It's also why Jeeps have rollcages now, unlike Jeeps made before the mid-1960's.
     
  15. jaredtomas macrumors regular

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    Yeah I'm pretty sure the glass would have been toughened aswell.
     
  16. applecupcakes macrumors member

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    I was pretty much going to give most of these points! Another benefit to users is that it wouldn't wear like the plastic trackpads do... plus no staining!
     
  17. hookem12387 macrumors 6502

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    My concern is just that its harder to scroll around on glass than it is on a plastic tracpad. Kind of like on an old ibook when the trackpad is worn down and shiny.
     
  18. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Antiglare film!
     
  19. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    umm.. MULTI TOUCH... sorry just had to shout that out. the current ipod touches have no problem scrolling, i think they'll ditch the two finger and go multi touch gestures just like the iphones and ipod touches.
     
  20. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    Tempered you mean? lol

    I didn't know glass could be toughened ;)
     
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  22. bartzilla macrumors 6502a

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    If they put one in there, they'll have a reason for doing so. I don't mean that to be funny, I mean that if glass touchpads show up in the new range of laptops they won't just "be there", they'll be tied to some new and cool feature that will get a lot of air time in a demo.

    Combined touchpad and drawing tablet maybe?
     
  23. eb201 macrumors newbie

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    I agree. I picture the glass trackpad serving as a second iPhone/iPod Touch like screen. Perhaps you could access options such as music or email by touching icons on the trackpad. I can also see being able to show or hide these icons to toggle whether the trackpad is functioning as a trackpad or a multi-touch screen.
     
  24. Winter Charm macrumors 6502a

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    HAHA i would LOVE to see them add aluminum to the macbook - i have seen sooo many issues with the plastic - sorry "polycarbonate" casing in the current macbooks -- if they do switch to aluminum i cant WAIT to see what the blackbook would look like - it would be 100% awesomeness - a metallic black. and then, if they added backlit keyboard, it would be even better :D

    maybe they will add alien FX lighting to the MBP - just to set it apart -- i can imagine an apple store manager saying "the ordinary macbooks give you a lit keyboard - but the macbook pro lets you color your keyboard to fit your mood :D" LOL
     
  25. Winter Charm macrumors 6502a

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    that would look smexy :D
     

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