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Magic Trackpad teardown shows tight packing of parts

updated 09:40 am EDT, Thu July 29, 2010

User repair generally unlikely

Repair firm iFixit has published a teardown of Apple's Magic Trackpad, which was launched on Tuesday. The controller is said to pack a surprising number of parts into a thin design. Some of these include a Broadcom BCM2042 Bluetooth transmitter, also used in the Magic Mouse, and the Broadcom BCM5974, the same touchscreen chip used in the iPhone, iPod touch and MacBook Air.

Because of the tight design, however, the Trackpad is said to be extremely difficult to repair without breaking it. An inner spacer requires "quasi-non-destructive" prying to remove, and slender ribbon cables are stuck underneath the touchpad. Actually removing the touchpad off of its aluminum chassis requires not only a heat gun to soften the glue, but an assortment of tools to dislodge it.

iFixit comments that as with a lot of Apple products, "'thin and pretty' does not translate well to 'user serviceable.'" Apple is complimented, however, on using highly efficient (but difficult to manufacture) square threads on the battery screw, and for coming up with a unique way to trigger mouse clicks. When pushing down on the Trackpad, the rubber feet near the front edge push up against a plate in the chassis, triggering the button.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Thin and pretty

    Thin and pretty broads are typically not very serviceable, in other words, high maintenance, huh?

  1. kikkoman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    This thing costs $70. How much time would it take a tech to find a problem, locate parts and repair it? If it takes more than an hour it probably easier and cheaper to replace it.

  1. yticolev

    Joined: Dec 1969


    High maintenance?

    Pretty silly comment. Have you ever serviced a trackpad? They almost never fail. And if they did, would you pay $100 plus per hour to service a $69 device? Out of warranty, just replace when it falls into the sink accidentally. The flat fee part replacement is $69.

  1. revco

    Joined: Dec 1969


    power hungry?

    Any new power saving tech in there or can we expect the same pathetic battery life as their Tragic Mouse?

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I want one.

    Even though i only have a pmac dual G4 cpu and a iBook G4. ;)

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