Workaround for Magic Trackpad and Non 4.0

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  1. btrach144, Oct 13, 2015
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    Hey peeps,

    Would it be possible to use a Bluetooth 4.0 USB adapter with my Mac? I have an early 2011 MacBook Pro that only has Bluetooth 2.1 EDR. The requirement for the new Magic Trackpad is Bluetooth 4.0. Is this a possible workaround? USB 2.0 has more bandwidth than BT 4.0 can use so no data bottlenecks. I'm also running 10.11.
     
  2. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a

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    Well considering that's part of the purpose of a BT 4.0 adapter, yes.
     
  3. Tankmaze macrumors 68000

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    Uncertain. I know for sure you cannot use handoff with BT adapter on the 2011 mbp.
     
  4. btrach144 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Really? Dang :( Hmmm I think I'll let someone else verify the workaround before I look into it more.
     
  5. patseguin macrumors 65816

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    I have the same exact question. I have the 2011 MBP and ordered the Magic Trackpad 2. I just ordered a BT4.0 dongle from Amazon so I'll let you know how it works.
     
  6. eyeseeyou macrumors 68000

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    I've read on ifixit that even a Bluetooth 4.0 dongle will not be a fix for this.

    I want force touch. I might just go with the wired setup if needed
     
  7. btrach144 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Is it possible to just have a constant wired lightening cable run to the magic trackpad? Does force touch work in this setup for older Macs?
     
  9. eyeseeyou macrumors 68000

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    I hope so
     
  10. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Only if the cable carrys the info as well and is not just for charging.
     
  11. patseguin macrumors 65816

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    ANyone able to actually confirm if the Trackpad will work if you get a USB dongle for BT 4.0?
     
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    If you knew me, you'd know that patience is not min my vocabulary. ;-)

    Anyways, I did order the trackpad and a BT dongle so I'll update the thread when I test it.
     
  14. btrach144 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    External or internal?

    You should add an internal 4.0 dongle upgrade like what I'm doing. It'll also give you handoff for your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

    http://www.macrumors.com/2014/10/23/continuity-activation-tool/
     
  15. eyeseeyou macrumors 68000

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    From what I've read this set up is similar to jailbreaking in that with every OS update this workaround breaks?
     
  16. btrach144 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So this tool was created for 10.10. When 10.11 came out a few weeks ago, there were some issues. The creator of the tool had a fully functioning update released just a day or two later so that it worked on 10.11 as well.

    My MBP is over 4 years old and it'll be 5 years old when 10.12 is released. At this point I'm just trying to buy time. If the creator of the project ditches supporting it then I'll just have to look for a new Mac.
     
  17. patseguin macrumors 65816

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    I got my BT 4.0 USB dongle for my early 2011 MBP yesterday. It is supposed to be Mac compatible without any drivers but I can't get it to work. I plugged it in and rebooted but it doesn't work. Do I have to disable the on board BT adapter first? If I do that, does the BT preferences pane just switch to the dongle? I downloaded and ran that continuity app and it got to the part where I was supposed to unplug and re plug the dongle and the app would recognize it but it never did.

    Anyone able to help me getting this BT adapter to work? My trackpad is out for delivery today and I'd love to be able to use it.
     
  18. jermy4 macrumors demi-god

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    You probably need to install a driver for that dongle. If you know the chipset you can google the name of it and look for OS X drivers.
     
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    According to the Comments section on Amazon, a buyer (Titled: Great Upgrade to my existing iMac Bluetooth!, Dated January 25, 2014) had to contact the seller (GHS2) via the Contact Seller button on Amazon in order to get information on how to get it working on his iMac that already had Bluetooth 2.0.

    The Amazon Buyer said;
     
  21. cariacou macrumors 6502a

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    you don't need to buy anything. just leave it wired. then no need of bluetooth, it's been tested
     
  22. eyeseeyou macrumors 68000

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    Is there a link to the article that confirms it will work wired??
     
  23. patseguin macrumors 65816

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    My trackpad was delivered a couple minutes ago so I'll test it wired when I get home in an hour and let you know.
     
  24. patseguin, Oct 16, 2015
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    OK I have my Trackpad hooked up. It DOES work plugged in. I also DOES connect to BT 2.0 on my 2011 MBP. It does NOT allow force touch over BT 2.0. I am still working on getting my USB dongle to work.

    EDIT: Force Touch DOES seem to work on BT 2.0. Not sure why they are saying you need BT 4.0.

    EDIT#2: Been using the Magic Trackpad for about 1/2 an hour and it works perfectly with my MBP 2011 BT 2.0. Force Touch and haptic feedback are all working flawlessly. No need for BT 4.0!
     
  25. eyeseeyou macrumors 68000

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    Which OS are you running?
     

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