The rumors had it right; Apple introduced an intriguing new desktop accessory, today: the Apple Magic Trackpad. Designed to work with Mac desktops only for the time being, the new Bluetooth-enabled trackpad uses multitouch gestures to move, scroll and interact with on-screen content.
The Magic Trackpad is built with the same technology that resides within the Macbook and Macbook Pro laptops. It’s a glass substrate with multitouch tech built in, so like the Macbook touchpads, it feels extremely smooth to the touch. While it’s unknown as yet just how many fingers the Magic Trackpad can support at any given time, the touchpads in Apple’s laptops can go up to at least four, which is a reasonable bottom estimate.
To help charge all of their wireless devices, Apple also introduced the Apple Battery Charger. According to their internal tests, Apple claims that the ABC has the lowest vampire draining effect of any battery charger on the market today. What that means is that once the batteries are fully charged, the battery charger drops its pull on the socket by a significant degree.
The new ABC runs $29.99 but comes with six pre-charged NiMH rechargeable batteries. Apple suggests using two for a keyboard, two for a mouse or trackpad (ha!) and leaving two in the charger so that there’s always a set that’s charged and ready for use. Additionally, the company claims that the batteries are rated for a whopping ten years of use – if that number is even close to correct, the six batteries and charger for $30 isn’t a bad deal at all.
Like the Magic Mouse, Apple’s multitouch-capable wireless mouse, the Magic Trackpad will cost $69. Both it and the Apple Battery Charger are available now.
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