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PC users get drivers for Magic Trackpad via Boot Camp hack

updated 04:35 pm EDT, Tue August 3, 2010

WaterField releases two Magic Trackpad cases

UNEASYsilence has hacked Apple's Boot Camp update, extracting a Magic Trackpad driver, allowing any Windows user to take advantage of the new controller. Released last week, the Magic Trackpad employs the same surface-as-a-button design as the trackpad on a MacBook, but with an 80 percent larger surface. Multi-touch gestures carry over, including rotations, scrolling and special three- and four-finger swipes.

The hack extracts 32- and 64-bit drivers, which can then be installed on most PCs. A download of the drivers is available on the UNEASYsilence website free of charge. The code works on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

In other Magic Trackpad news, WaterField is shipping two new cases this week: the Trackpad Socket and the Trackpad Slip. The Slip is a black ballistic nylon case with a padded interior. It has a color-trimmed edge, with six color options.

The Trackpad Socket is a soft, scratch-free material pouch shipping in black. It will cost $12, while the Trackpad Slip will be $25. Both are due to begin shipping on Thursday.


Magic Trackpad



Trackpad Slip



Trackpad Socket





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  1. jdsonice@gmail.com

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Apple Should Release PC Drivers

    I think Apple should release PC drivers. After all if the poor folks using brain dead machines want to pay and use good quality peripherals then why stop them.

    JDS

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: Apple should

    After all if the poor folks using brain dead machines

    The problem is that, for many people, Apple's machines either are too expensive or they do not include what the customer is looking for.

    For example, I'm in the market to replace my aging 5+ year old G5 tower and 3+ year old MacBookPro.

    However, one of my needs is eSATA. But I just can't justify spending $3000 on a MacPro (a $1500 dual-core Mac semi-pro would be perfect, though). Same with the MBP. I would have probably got a new one with the latest refresh, but Apple decided that the 15" model didn't need an expansion slot anymore. So rather than get a $2000 laptop (which is still high on the price scale), I'd need to spend $3000.

    Oh, so I guess that also puts me in the "My Macs last forever" camp. Then again, they last me forever because I cannot afford to upgrade them, or I can upgrade and end up with less computer than I need/want. So they better last me forever!

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