We’re going to delve a little deeper into one of Apple’s main selling points on their MacBook Pros, and now on their standard Macbooks: the Multi-Touch Trackpad. Before Apple came along with their multi-touch technology, the trackpad (or touchpad, depending on the laptop) wasn’t really a huge deciding factor in the purchasing of laptops. There were some discrepancies in the material that the touchpad was made out of, some of which was personal preference, and some of which was just ease of use, but other than that, no major differences. Then, Apple came along and changed the playing field.
Apple implemented their multi-touch surface which opened up many doors for different functionality of the touchpad. By using one finger, you can use the normal features of the common touchpad (clicking, moving the mouse). Then, using two fingers will enable you to scroll if held down, and tapping two fingers triggers the right click. Furthermore by using two fingers it’s also possible to zoom and rotate. Next, three fingers will allow you to scroll through pictures, or go back and forth between pages on a website. Finally, the use of four fingers will let you cascade your windows, and show your desktop, allowing you to quickly switch between open windows and applications.
And yes, it is possible to do all of these by clicking different buttons in various programs, so the trackpad doesn’t really give you any additional features when using your laptop. But, it will on the other hand seamlessly combine several of these features, and if you love the efficiency of being able to quickly execute orders in, literally, fractions of a second, then this is a feature you must have. Bluetooth mouse additions have been a popular add-on to several laptops because of peoples’ hatred toward touchpads, but Apple’s trackpad has made several seriously reconsider ever buying another mouse again.