Apple's Magic Trackpad leaked

Images of what appears to be Apple's "Magic Trackpad" have leaked to the Internet today.

Engadget posted several images of the trackpad device that it says Apple may unveil today at its developer conference. The images appear to show a trackpad which would allow Macs to use all the features of a mighty mouse and possibly some of the features of the MacBook Pro trackpad on desktops.

The leak comes hours before Steve Jobs is scheduled to go on stage at Apple's WWDC 2010 conference. The Apple CEO is widely expected to announce the next generation iPhone, rumoured to be named the iPhone HD or iPhone Video. Other rumours for product announcements include Safari 5 and free Mobile Me. See our rumour round-up post for more.

Engadget notes that Apple has previously applied for a trademark under the name of "Magic Trackpad" so it's a safe bet these pictures are genuine. Will Jobs reveal this device later today? Stay tuned to find out, Neowin will be posting up all the latest breaking news from WWDC 2010 later today.

Image Credit: Engadget.com

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i'd buy it if it offers handwriting recognition (and a good one at that)...i got the bamboo touch a while ago and the handwriting recognition on mac was terrible whereas windows was 99% accurate with the crudest of my chicken-scratch...

Arpit said,
i'd buy it if it offers handwriting recognition (and a good one at that)...i got the bamboo touch a while ago and the handwriting recognition on mac was terrible whereas windows was 99% accurate with the crudest of my chicken-scratch...

Hate to break it to you, but OS X and Apple in general does not have a good handwriting recognition technology. The handwriting recognition in OS X is mainly image based post recognition, where Windows use digital ink and because it knows what strokes you make, how fast and the direction, it can figure out the jest of the letters you are making.

If Apple had a good handwriting technology, it would be on the iPad and be a 'magical feature' that would be crazy to NOT have. Since they don't, they dismiss it, just like they did with color in the 80s, 64bit OSes for years, and every other technology it was 'cool' to do without.

i think once it really get use to the magic trackpad could be another story,or did it ever going to be in the market by this year?

Apple is not magical nor made of unicorns. It's this stupid magical pixie fairy crap that they are trying to sell to the soccer moms that make them less and less about real technology and more and more about lame stupid marketing and authoritarian control over the brain washed masses that continue to buy their "MAGICAL" devices.

swanlee said,
Apple is not magical nor made of unicorns. It's this stupid magical pixie fairy crap that they are trying to sell to the soccer moms that make them less and less about real technology and more and more about lame stupid marketing and authoritarian control over the brain washed masses that continue to buy their "MAGICAL" devices.

Very funny. Well I think a Magic Trackpad would suit my Magic Mouse nicely. I hope you've used the Magic Mouse before because it's incredible. I expect the Trackpad to do wonders too. If it doesn't it should have been named something else.

excalpius said,
+1

I got exactly that table... well, the touch and pen one, so at least I still have one more option, and still... I really like my mouse.

Could be great if well done (and I usually trust Apple on that) but might not replace every mice on the plan it. I doubt that's what they intend to do anyway.

After using MacBook for 4 years, I can say that it's very difficult to use touchpad in other laptops. They are just not that sensitive. Remember, this is only from my experience with many laptops I had played. Actually I think all my friends who got Apple laptops not using mouse anymore, it just slows down you.

I am not saying it always the best, but Apple did very amazing job with it.

This is a "beautiful" device that is going to change your life. Considering this is the first time a touch pad has ever been introduced to the market, please try not to choke on the innovation overflow.

zagor said,
On another note, Safari 5 is to be renamed as "Safari Magic"

No, you will go on a Magical Safari through the web now...

Ok, looks okish, but I'm not seeing why this would be nice. Mice still seems a lot better to me, I'm looking forward to some videos of this thing in action and why it should replace a mouse.

Mice are so much more precise to me compared to touch pads....I dont know why but I've always been turned off by touch pads... except Wacom pads with the digital pens....

and "Magic"? is this Apples new marketing scheme? Magical iPad... Magic Touch Pad... Magical iBook next.... Magical Number Processing Chip (CPU)

Not sure what to think of this one to be honest.... I've been looking at replacing my Magic Mouse as I have problems with my hand and the Magic Mouse doesn't seem to be helping.... A trackpad would be better for my hand but I've always preferred a regular mouse...

kraized said,
http://www.imgftw.net/img/592248915t.jpg

http://www.imgftw.net/img/291217747t.jpg

Seems very legit and cool. Imagine you're using your media centre from your couch. No need for a mouse.

Ya so cool Microsoft put one on a keyboard years ago. Are you people serious? Go look up the MS Keyboard 8000 if you want a trackpad on your keyboard for use in your living room.

Maybe we can get iPoop next year, they are just waiting for it to turn white so it will be Apple cool looking.

excalpius said,
I fail to see the point in this device...

A lot failed to see the point of many things Apple does, yet it succeeds.

ObiWanToby said,

A lot failed to see the point of many things Apple does, yet it succeeds.

That's because a lot of people will buy #@$% if you give it a premium price, paint it white, and wrap it in a nice box! /kidding

Panda X said,
So it's a touch based plate that is to be used instead of a mouse? There's no way I could ever use that.

As someone who uses this trackpad daily on my MacBook Pro, I often find myself missing it when I use another computer. Priced right, I'd pick one up.

NeoTrunks said,

As someone who uses this trackpad daily on my MacBook Pro, I often find myself missing it when I use another computer. Priced right, I'd pick one up.

Agreed. It seems strange until you're used to the trackpad and its gestures. When I have my aluminum macbook in clamshell mode hooked up to a keyboard and mouse, things like switching windows via Expose suddenly seem clunky.