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macrumors regular
Original poster
May 24, 2013
It's impossible to move the cursor slowly smoothly. It jerks around. Here is a video.


macrumors Haswell
May 3, 2009
That's odd, while I don't own a Retina MacBook, I've played with one in the stores and I found the trackpad to be very good. This seems like something is definitely wrong.
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macrumors 601
Aug 14, 2015
Land of Smiles
My trackpad is the best I have ever used. It goes as slow and smooth as my shaky finger can move it. ;-)

Ditto on this and that's in Windows 10 :)

However I think the OP is referring to the point where you drag your finger so slow on the trackpad you can feel the resistance change on your finger/skin and it's impossible to reduce the contact pressure any further, at that point you can feel like the grain of your finger print is dragging and it causes a jerky cursor

IMO if your requiring that sort of cursor precision at that slow speed you should be adjusting the trackpad sensitivity or use a mouse


macrumors regular
Original poster
May 24, 2013
I find it to be a problem when selecting certain small menu items. I didn't expect this on supposedly the best trackpad in the business.


macrumors newbie
Nov 11, 2015
Mine keeps randomly clicking without warning. I just cleaned the surface, and it continues to just click itself. Also what it does is click and stick, causing the highlighting of text or the dragging of a window. Suggestions on how to have this behaviour stop appreciated.
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macrumors 6502a
Jan 12, 2004
Assuming y'all have played with TrackPad System Preferences (Click: Light-Firm and Tracking Speed: Slow-Fast). If not, do.

Mine is behaving beautifully, aside from the occasional inadvertent swipes and taps from my bumbling fingers, while typing.
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macrumors regular
Original poster
May 24, 2013
This issue occurs even at the lowest trackpad setting. Could some of you who say you don't get it post a video of you moving the pointer slowly?


macrumors 6502
Oct 25, 2003
This issue occurs even at the lowest trackpad setting. Could some of you who say you don't get it post a video of you moving the pointer slowly?
Look at your finger when you think its being jerky. Its your finger "rubbing" against the trackpad. IMO


macrumors 6502a
Aug 15, 2011
I've maintained all along that the tp on the rmb sux in many ways beyond about what the op is complaining.


macrumors regular
Apr 14, 2015
if your pointer is acting "jumpy" .. try removing the power cable and see if the problem is still there .. it worked for me ..


macrumors 6502a
Jan 24, 2011
It's too bad you're having issues. I haven't experienced any problems using my trackpad on my rMB, or any other Mac I've owned. They have always been the best and the trackpad is one thing that really got me when I first started using Macs.


macrumors regular
Feb 17, 2008
Colorado Springs
No problem here. I have it set on light and in the middle for track speed. It's actually more accurate than the MBP or MBA that I've tried. The keyboard takes some getting used to though.


macrumors 604
Jan 6, 2005
Tracking and scrolling are excellent on the new Surface cover but other gestures are less responsive or missing entirely.


macrumors 65816
Jul 31, 2009
United States
It's impossible to move the cursor slowly smoothly. It jerks around. Here is a video.
It's kind of hard to tell whether you're being genuine or just looking to stir up a controversy - talk about your made-up "issues".

If you really think the trackpad is behaving abnormally, then take it to an Apple store (or authorized service center), or compare it to any other MB you can get your hands on. That aside, there is nothing wrong with the rMB trackpad as far as "jerkiness" goes.

First, video quality of your linked video is so low-resolution and pixelated that ANY trackpad is going to look jerky in the video (I hope you don't actually have your resolution set like that... it would explain a lot, LOL).

That being said, I think I know what you are referring to, and you apparently fall into that 2% that could possibly even notice the "jerkiness" at normal viewing distance... kind of like the folks that claim they can hear the difference between 256kbs AAC and a CD.

I have a rMB, a MBA, a nMP (with 4K 27" displays), and an original apple magic trackpad and magic mouse (both of which are practically brand new - I generally use a different mouse with my nMP), and so I just wasted 30 minutes of my life comparing them. Even trying to slow down cursor movement to the ridiculousness shown in the video, I see very similar results on all the displays with all the input devices.

I would chalk the "issue" up to problems you had in your childhood, errr j/k... seriously just in comparing my gear, the magic trackpad's glass surface feels slightly smoother than either rMB or MBA trackpads (I would never notice that without literally having a finger from each hand on each at the same time). Maybe whatever trackpad you were used to was well worn and offered less fingertip resistance.

There's also the trackpad's "Tracking speed" to consider (I usually have mine set to 4 or 5). Going out on a limb, the retina display may contribute to the "issue" as well... even using the magic trackpad with the nMP results in ever so very slightly more "jerkiness" compared to the MBA.

Of course you're entitled to feel the way you do about it - everyone's sensitive in different ways. For the other 98%, there is no issue with jerkiness of the cursor.

(FTR, personally I have an issue with the trackpad due to the cursor jumping around from inadvertent palm touching, so it's not like I think it's perfect either)
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macrumors 6502a
Oct 1, 2012
Love the trackpad. Its huge for a trackpad and especially a computer this small.

It's smooth as silk, but i guess when you do try to move your finger VEEEERYYYY slowly on it there is some resistance from your fingertip.

my only worry about this computer is the 'finish' rubbing off the trackpad or the keyboard keys getting smoothed over from use (which is starting to happen on the keys a bit)


macrumors P6
Oct 1, 2007
Clearly you haven't tried a windows laptop OP :)

I tried an asus zenbook ux305 earlier this year, and the trackpad was incredibly weak.

I love my rMB trackpad, force touch is nice too -- letting me feel the click while keeping this design razor thin. And the large surface area

I also like the adjustable feel of the click, loose or firm.
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