RUMOR: Apple’s next-gen MacBook Pros to gain multi-touch trackpad

“The exclusivity of Apple’s new multi-touch trackpad to the company’s MacBook Air family of notebooks won’t last long,” Kasper Jade reports for AppleInsider.

“In very much the same way that iSight video cams have become commonplace on nearly all of Apple’s personal computer systems, the Mac maker will reportedly scale the gesture-based input technology across its notebook lines during the course of the year,” Jade reports.

“The next models to receive the oversized trackpads will be updated 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro models due for an introduction in the next several weeks, people familiar with the company’s 2008 product roadmap say,” Jade reports.

“According to those same people, the new notebooks will also be the first from the Cupertino-based company to employ Penryn-based Core 2 Duo mobile process from Intel Corp., which in their most likely form for the MacBook Pro would range in clock frequency from 2.5GHz to 2.6GHz with 6MB of Level 2 cache,” Jade reports.

More in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It would be nice if Apple added the MacBook Air’s multi-touch capabilities to existing MacBooks and MacBook Pros which already feature two-finger scroll, horizontal scrolling, zooming, and secondary (right) clicking via their Trackpads.

35 Comments

  1. I vote for Jimbo’s idea about a soft or firmware update. A new MacBook Pro is being delivered today. I am delighted about that and will be delighted if Jimbo’s idea is true. MMmmmmm. Get a laptop today and new goodies later. I’d even spend a little more.

  2. I vote for Jimbo’s idea about a soft or firmware update. A new MacBook Pro is being delivered today. I am delighted about that and will be delighted if Jimbo’s idea is true. MMmmmmm. Get a laptop today and new goodies later. I’d even spend a little more.

  3. I vote for Jimbo’s idea about a soft or firmware update. A new MacBook Pro is being delivered today. I am delighted about that and will be delighted if Jimbo’s idea is true. MMmmmmm. Get a laptop today and new goodies later. I’d even spend a little more.

  4. I vote for Jimbo’s idea about a soft or firmware update. A new MacBook Pro is being delivered today. I am delighted about that and will be delighted if Jimbo’s idea is true. MMmmmmm. Get a laptop today and new goodies later. I’d even spend a little more.

  5. I vote for Jimbo’s idea about a soft or firmware update. A new MacBook Pro is being delivered today. I am delighted about that and will be delighted if Jimbo’s idea is true. MMmmmmm. Get a laptop today and new goodies later. I’d even spend a little more.

  6. The MacBook Air is tempting for me despite the really low capacity hard drive. I thought I could get around that issue with a portable drive, but no… there’s no firewire for a self-powered FW drive like myFirelite250gb that I love dearly, and there is only a single USB port which precludes the use of a self-powered USB drive. (unless there is a single plug USB self-powered drive out there? I haven’t seen one.)

    So… what to do?

    I love my PowerBook 12 inch G4, but it is becoming long in tooth and my wife stole it anyway.

    New 15 inch Mac laptop? Maybe…. we’ll see.

    Between business and home I have 5 macs now… starting with the half-moon 15 inch flat screen that I bought in … 2001 I think? and the last was the first G5 iMac

    Time for a new toy… but oh the choices!

  7. Apple’s next-gen MacBook Pros to gain multi-touch trackpad

    Like it really took a lot of deduction to figure that out.

    If it has a asinine glossy screen, they can keep it.

    Glossy screens reflections cause eyestrain, headaches and the premature need for glasses.

    Get a matte screen, I can tell you from 20 years experience using glossy CRT’s. Reflections are BAD FOR YOUR EYES, not right away with your young eyes, but in time it will cause problems!

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