Unannounced Apple device gets FCC approval

Apple has reportedly managed to gain approval by the FCC for a new trackpad device which could now launch anytime.

Discovered by Engadget, the filing reveals the device -- a Bluetooth trackpad which would allow users to control their desktop using multi-touch gestures -- has now been approved by the FCC. The FCC filing lists the trackpad as a "Bluetooth Device" which can be used by MacBooks, and features a circular bottom where batteries can be placed, and a touch-sensitive surface thought to be capable of multi-touch interactions.

Leaked images by Engadget just hours before the WWDC in June show a similar piece of hardware which has the same model number as the device in the FCC filing, suggesting the images were not in fact fake. These were also backed up by rumors floating around since late 2009 that Apple were testing a multi-touch device, which the FCC filing confirms, with the initial hardware testing occurring on the 7th of October, 2009 according to the documents.

While the name of the device, which is only called "A1339" in the FCC filings, is yet to be revealed, it's likely the device will be called (based on Apple's trademarks) the Magic Trackpad or Magic Slate, and could become available anytime from now on.

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satus said,
There is nothing magic from Apple's products.

+1
Go fix ios andthe iphone 4 and then worry about other devices on the market. Apple is all smoke and mirrors but no bulk.

naap51stang said,
Just DON'T hold it the wrong way or it won't work

I've heard apple have just been told by the FCC that when testing it, holding the device seems to degrade the signal so that the device is unusable but apple have promised the FCC that they've got a firmware update for the trackpad coming soon to fix the false-bluetooth signal strength icon!

n_K said,

I've heard apple have just been told by the FCC that when testing it, holding the device seems to degrade the signal so that the device is unusable but apple have promised the FCC that they've got a firmware update for the trackpad coming soon to fix the false-bluetooth signal strength icon!

Probably a new cover will be given for free

Migra said,
what could be the difference between that and the magic mouse?

You would move the cursor with your finger, like on a trackpad, rather than by moving the whole unit.

what said,

You would move the cursor with your finger, like on a trackpad, rather than by moving the whole unit.

This can be done with the Magic Mouse... The Magic Mouse is a multi-touch mouse that can act like a touchpad (although not very comfortably).

The huge touchpads on the macbook pro's are really a pleasure to use. First touchpad where I didn't bring an extra external mouse along with me just-in-case. These are really nice, actually...hopefully the price is equally as nice (but this IS Apple we are talking about...I suspect $70-$100 for this).

So basically, they're going to release a $100 trackpad.

Get a Wacom Bamboo Pen & touch for $99 and get pen functionality too.

Caleo said,
So basically, they're going to release a $100 trackpad.

Get a Wacom Bamboo Pen & touch for $99 and get pen functionality too.

Ah yeah, I think that's the device I've seen.

Sounds like that one multitouch pad I always see on Neowin's ads at the top of the website. Anyone remember/know the name of that thing?