Why is Apple’s New Magic Trackpad 2 So expensive?

“I got Apple’s new Magic Trackpad and Magic Keyboard yesterday,” Kirk McElhearn writes for Kirkville. “I like the keyboard a lot, but I really don’t like the trackpad, and I’m planning to return it. It’s too wide, the Force Touch feature is useless, and it’s way too expensive. ($129 in the US; £109 here.)”

“But why, exactly, is it so expensive? What’s so special about it?” McElhearn writes. “Is it the Force Touch technology? If so, then it’s simply wasted. I quickly found that Force Touch gets invoked when I manipulate items in the Finder (Command-click one item, then the next, and drag them; Quick Look pops up). If I were to keep this trackpad, I’d have to turn that feature off, since I often click and drag items in the Finder.”

McElhearn writes, “Unless there’s some hidden feature in the new Magic Trackpad, it’s an overpriced device, poorly designed, which isn’t at all practical.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’re mouse people, generally. Our Magic Trackpads get very little use. Heavy trackpad users, have you tried Apple’s new Magic Trackpad 2, yet?

We do find it difficult to believe that Apple’s Jony Ive would allow Apple to release a “poorly designed” trackpad in 2015.

49 Comments

    1. First, is this is true that Force Touch effectively is spurious input when you’re trying to move things around, it’s alarming. This would be a flawed product.

      Second, Apple really missed the ball here. They should have INTEGRATED the trackpad with the keyboard. This is how things work on a MacBook and it’s better and faster for users. The trackpad is close to their hands, a thumb can be used while one’s hands are still on the keyboard, etc. AND, the keyboard should be backlit. I mean come on, this is a no brainer at this point.

      I am not at all interested in these peripherals. Another Tim Cook era set of products for the books.

    2. MDN: We do find it difficult to believe that Apple’s Jony Ive would allow Apple to release a “poorly designed” trackpad in 2015.

      I don’t find it difficult to believe. He allowed the release of the Mac Pro cylinder, with hard-to-access power button (especially if mounted underneath a desk or in a cabinet) and a ton of thunderbolt ports w/ no securing mechanism, and a general rat’s-nest of an IO panel.

      Terribly impractical design on that thing, the internals aside.

      1. It’s not hard to believe that Jony Ive would allow a poorly designed product to be released. He’s not God. He also designed the only controversial user interfaces for the Mac; the only user interfaces bad enough to cause potential customers to leave the Apple Store without a purchase (according to Apple employees). iOS 7 made people dizzy until Jony added a feature, and Yosemite made it hard to tell that two windows overlapped. Jony Ive release bad design? It happens.

  1. I use the Magic trackpad quite a bit on the iMac. It’s nice for freeing up desk space. If what is being said is true, it would be a shame.

    At $129 though… it IS pricey. After all, when the Magic trackpad came out originally it was just as amazing a device. It’s a fair price at $79, not $129.

    1. I own several trackpads. It’s been my preferred pointer device since I got one for my Power PC 7100 back in the day.

      But it was over-priced at $79. What made it marginally worth it was that it always reconnected with no fuss as opposed to third party devices which had issues with that.

      But $129? No thank you. Too expensive. I didn’t know I needed 3D Touch so I can do without. They did miss the opportunity to make it a small tablet. If it had compatibility with their pencil, then the $129 would be a good deal.

  2. I’ve never got the hang of using a trackpad with my iMac, but conversely on a MacBook I prefer it and never liked plugging a mouse in.

    Personally I love my Microsoft Trackball Explorer (only decent product they ever made in my book) so much so that I got another off eBay years ago in case it ever broke.

  3. I plan to by one specifically because it’s bigger, and specifically for force touch. It’s only expensive if you’re a cheap bastard who is too lazy to read the product description before buying, and too lazy to learn how to use it! I have had a Magic Trackpad since they first shipped. I love it. I never use a mouse unless I’m working on someone else’s computer. To get the full benefits of OS X, you need a trackpad.

  4. I use track pads all the time.

    On my MBP, I don’t bother with the mouse. I find that using the trackpad with multitouch is more fluid than a mouse. Sure I use a mouse too. I have a couple of keyboards and mice, switching out on a regular bases, to break up the monotony and prevent CTS.

    As it is, I have ordered the MT2 and New keyboard. I went to the Apple Store last night, and they had put out the new iMacs, keyboards and mice a couple of hours earlier. They don’t have the MT2 yet. So I can’t say anything for the moment.

    All i know, is Apple’s Trackpad is the “BEST” without reservation, Logitech who is second, can’t come close.

  5. I purchased the original Magic Trackpad and rarely ever use it. The Magic Mouse and Wacom pen are much better tools IMO for graphic designers. Then again, everyone seems to love laptops while I could never imagine having to work on such a small screen.

    My initial gripe with the new Magic Trackpad, besides the cost, is that Apple decided to go with a white surface. Why Apple didn’t choose to model the new keyboard after the ones on their laptops, and make a matching aluminum and black Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad beats me.

    A black surface (or previous silver) surface is less prone to show dirt and is one of the main things I hate about the exiting keyboard. Black keys with LED backlighting would be a blessing for designers, photographers and those who like to work in low-light environments. To top it off, Apple failed to release an Bluetooth EXTENDED keyboard and no longer provides the option of choosing a wired extended keyboard with a new Mac purchase. There’s no reason Apple should force such a limited keyboard on it’s users. Most professionals want the extra programable F-keys, full size key (Control, Option, Command, Arrows) and the numeric keypad.

  6. Trackball’s have been my favorite since my Powerbook 170 days starting in ’92. I now use the Logitech Trackball wireless USB ones. Can’t stand waving my arm around using a regular mouse. I was thinking these new Apple Bluetooth input devices, especially the keyboard, might be nice but then I thought again. I’m happy with what I got and won’t go out of my way to upgrade (or downgrade?). I bought a Trackpad years ago but never could get used to it. Trackballs rule, at least for me.

  7. I have both the new keyboard and touchpad I use a macbook
    and a Mac Pro I replace the old keyboard and trackpad on the mac pro and could not be happier the feel is the same from macbook to mac pro and the force touch on the new trackpad works just like the macbook.

    I love this this and its worth the cash

  8. Never liked trackpads, even on laptops, but to try and compare the price of the original with this is just stupid. The technology in the new one is far more advanced; Force Touch, Taptic Engine, rechargeable battery and it’s larger. The rechargeable battery alone could save you a lot of money over the years.

    But yeah, as others have said and most reviews I’ve read, ForceTouch and 3D Touch, for that matter, is that it takes some getting used to. This guy with his “accidental” invocation of it isn’t very competent – the levels of pressure for each action can be adjusted.

    The last Mac trackpad I used was on my 2001 iBook. That was so long ago I don’t remember the experience. Lately they’ve all been on crappy PCs. I’ve read lots of reviews of Apple’s laptops and the trackpad is almost always raved about.

    With all the new interaction features in the trackpad (and the rechargeable battery) I may actually give this a try. I’m also interested in the ability to use a stylus for sketching – anyone have any experience with this?

  9. Why is it so expensive?
    Because people will pay that.
    Economics 101.

    I have the last model and loved having it on the coffee table for my Mini music/video server. I got rid of the Mini so decided to use it with an Apple TV. No luck. That would be so nice rather than click down, over down, whoops go back…..

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