Thursday, October 09, 2008

Is Apple's glass trackpads true?

I've moved this post over to my new WordPress blog, you can comment on it here.

While looking at the invitational graphic that Apple sent out for the event they're holding on October 14th, I noticed that it would be the correct size for the rumored glass trackpad. So I opened Photoshop and placed the image on top of the "leaked photos" of the new next-gen MacBook Pro. I think the rumors are true. Makes sense that other companies couldn't duplicate what Apple could do because of the patents it holds on multi-touch.

Does this mean that this photo of a LED trackpad is true? I would say yes but the disc slot position differs from the other "leaked" images. Hmmm. Maybe two different models. They both have similar features.

==Update 10/09/08==

Macenstein posted something on my blog post tonight.

==Update 10/10/08== has comment on this post but oddly enough, they contributed it to Macenstein and not me.

I took Steph's suggestion and I think that the top rounded corners of the invite are a subtle clue. I noticed that originally but just focused in on the rectangle in the middle. Be that a lesson to you boys and girls, don't do design work when you're in a hurry.

==Update 10/14/08==

Here's the new glass trackpad.

"The new smooth glass Multi-Touch trackpad on the MacBook and 15-inch MacBook Pro gives users almost 40 percent more tracking area than before, making it even easier to use Multi-Touch gestures like pinch, rotate and swipe. New gestures allow users to activate Exposé® or switch between applications at the touch of a fingertip. The entire trackpad surface is also a button, allowing users to both track and click virtually anywhere on the trackpad. Users can easily enable multiple virtual buttons in software, such as right-clicking."


Brandon Titus said...

What!? Seriously?

There's no question it's the back of a laptop. Sorry, but you're thinking WAY too much into this (like most Apple rumorists). I love Apple but I don't come up with stuff that clearly isn't there to get readers.

Payton said...

Lol. Me a rumorist? Nope. I just mentioned that it reminded me of the trackpad and that it fit the size of the hole in the "leaked" photo.

Get readers? To what, my little semi-abandoned blog? You're funny.

steph said...

Payton, you almost got it right.

Take a look at the upper 2 corners of the invite and how they are curved...there's silver in each corner...try re-doing your mock-up by using the whole photo...the new trackpad (mockup) then has a black bezel or frame around it. If you look at the shape of the empty slot for the trackpad its also curved at the top. Its a perfect fit and probably the same trackpad size as the current MBP.

steph said...

I'd like to revise my statement, there is no border...the image IN the glass trackpad is one of the new notebooks w/ the spotlight BEHIND it. I still maintain your original mockup cropped the glass trackpad to only include the reflection of the notebook. Cheers. =)

Payton said...

I think the image is a double entendre and I agree with the rounded edges.

I am a lover of children's literature said...

We will just have to wait and see if this turns out to be true. I, for one, however, am certainly hoping that it is. A glass, video enabled, track pad would utterly rock. Apple is the first company to use the track pad, not just on a laptop either. It originally incorporated a trackpad on the Aniversary Mac's keyboard. It only makes sense that they would further the cause of the trackpad.