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On the eve of WWDC, a photo showed up on Engadget rumored to be a new Apple product. I wanted for this product to be real. I started dreaming of a $59 price tag and all of the amazingness this product could do for me.

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On the eve of this year’s WWDC, a photo showed up on Engadget rumored to be a new Apple product. I wanted so badly for this product to be real. I started drooling, dreaming of a $59 price tag and all of the amazingness this product could do for me as an end user.

The product was a bluetooth Apple trackpad similar to what is built in to every Apple ntoebook, but would essentially replace the Magic Mouse that currently ships with the Mac mini, Mac Pro and iMac. Some people prefer a mouse but I prefer the trackpad and we all know that Apple makes the best trackpads in the world. If you don’t believe me, visit a Best Buy and try using similar trackpads on currently available PCs and you’ll be amazed at how bad they are.

A Bluetooth trackpad that I’ve eloquently dubbed “MagicPad” (Magic Mouse = Trackpad) would be Apple’s next step into a buttonless world that it so desperately is striving for. The Magic Mouse has fewer buttons than the Mighty Mouse and this would be one button as the entire trackpad is, exactly like we are used to on Apple’s notebooks. It’s a more portable form factor than a mouse and gestures would be standard to the ones that already exist for the today’s trackpad.

I hope this device is real and I hope it ships soon because I really would like a choice between mouse and trackpad and think this small peripheral would be a huge hit. Maybe I’m just dreaming and we’ll never see it because it was a two hour Photoshop job submitted to Engadget the evening before the keynote.

Would you buy a MagicPad? Would it replace your Magic Mouse?

  1. 2 hour Photoshop job? Try 2 minute!

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    1. Adam Jackson Tuesday, July 13, 2010

      Maybe. If you’re a designer, we’d love to see what you can come up with regarding a trackpad concept.

      I’m only mentioning this as it was brought up as credible on the eve of WWDC and now completely forgotten and it’s still a product I’d love to see the light of day. Do you have more thoughts on this image being discredited for poor photoshopping? Would love to hear it.

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      1. No I meant that it could’ve been done in 2 minutes by a proficient designer–not that it was. This would never take 2 hours in that case :)

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  2. Since Macs went USB, I’ve been using the Cirgue “Easy Cat” trackpad.

    Before that on ADB Macs, I used the Alps “Glidepoint” trackpad.

    I can’t stand a mouse. Especially all the desk space it takes up.

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  3. i’m 50/50. i would love using it, but would miss the portability of my magic mouse.

    oh, who am i kidding…i’d get one in a heart beat.

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  4. This would be totally sweet and I would use one, but I would much rather use a mouse on a daily basis with a desktop machine. I can’t stand using the pad on my laptop for long periods of time, so why would I with a desktop? I will agree that Apple’s trackpads are leaps and bounds better than anything else.

    PS, the Mini doesn’t come with a mouse. That used to be a selling point, if I remember correctly. ;-)

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    1. Adam Jackson Tuesday, July 13, 2010

      Cole. You’re correct. While at Apple, we said, “BYOKDM” for Bring your own keyboard, display and mouse.” when selling Mac Minis to customers which was in late 2005.

      It was a mistake to include that in the post and thanks for the change.

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  5. I’ve had an iMac for a couple of years and got on prretty well with the mighty mouse (apart from the dodgy scroll ball). I recently got a MacBook air for university and now find I get inredibly frustrated using my mouse having seen how good apple trackpads are so I would definately buy one.

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  6. Wow what a terrible article. Did anyone even proof read this? Sigh.

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  7. Yes I would buy! You can consider it pre-ordered. Talk about an efficiency booster. I bust my mouse out for games, but that’s it.

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  8. Yes, rumours about that exist since quite some time.
    I would like to see it docked to a bluetooth keyboard. That would be extremely awesome!!!!!!!

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  9. I’d buy it in a minute, but not to replace a mouse. If you need to do precision work, a trackpad just does not cut it. However, I’d use it as a second input device, to the left of my keyboard (the mouse is on the right). Its purpose? Scrolling, zooming – basically all 2,3 or 4-finger mouse gestures. I currently use a Wacom Bamboo touch for that – it’s sufficient, but I’d expect the Apple device to be much more useful…

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  10. The only thing that would replace a Magic Mouse is a Magic Pad that supports pen input, and support for Photoshop. I know that won’t happen, which is why I am not as excited as the rest of you. Who am I kidding, I would still buy it…

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