- Antonio Villas-Boas, Tech Insider
If you like the way Apple’s pressure-sensitive Force Touch technology feels on the new MacBook, here’s some good news for iMac users – you can now get the same effect on your Apple desktop computer.
Apple just released its new Magic Trackpad 2, which supports Force Touch and is available for $129 through Apple’s online and retail stores.
This means the track pad can actually sense how hard you’re pressing down in addition to where you’re touching it. You can also press down harder to access certain features rather than just tapping and swiping.
The new Magic Trackpad 2 also comes with rechargeable batteries that should last about one month before requiring a recharge. Apple says the revamped track pad is 30% larger than its predecessor, too.
This is the first time Apple has brought Force Touch to the desktop. Previously, Force Touch was built in only to Apple’s 12-inch MacBook, its newest MacBook Pro models, and the Apple Watch.
Force Touch brings a new gesture to Apple’s Mac operating system known as Force Click. To Force Click, simply press the track pad and apply more pressure to create a clicking effect.
Using Force Click on your Mac unlocks a few handy shortcuts, such as the ability to see a Maps preview of a certain location, preview a certain file without opening it, or see more details about a calendar event or a reminder without opening it.
My colleague Steve Kovach tried out the new Magic Trackpad and said he preferred it over the standard mouse, though the price is a little steep.
The Apple Watch was the first device to come with Force Touch, and since then it seems as if Apple has been adding pressure sensitivity to most of its major products, such as the new MacBook and the MacBook Pro. The recently released iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus also have a similar pressure-sensitive feature called 3D Touch, whose features include allowing you to press down on the phone’s screen to preview text messages and access parts of an app without opening it.