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Apple is awarded a patent for iconic trackpad design

By Shawn Knight ยท 16 replies
Jan 16, 2013
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  1. Apple was recently awarded a design patent – US D674,382 – covering their infamous trackpad found on their entire line of notebooks. The patent specifically covers how the trackpad looks when housed on a portable computer; it has nothing to...

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  2. ShadowDeath

    ShadowDeath TS Booster Posts: 109   +36

    Really... they decide to file a patent for a stupid track pad that's been on every laptop since Nineteen dickity two?... Patton troll much Apple?
    avoidz likes this.
  3. Just what Apple needs, another bogus patent so they can sue rather than compete.
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  4. Jos

    Jos TS Evangelist Posts: 3,073   +97

    They didn't patent trackpad technology itself, only their specific design. That's not to defend Apple or the patent system, which could use a reform to stop companies abusing it, but truth be told I've never used a Windows laptop with a trackpad that even comes close to Apple's in terms of quality, responsiveness and feel.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,285

    And I've never used an Apple laptop that even comes close to any Windows model in terms of quality, responsiveness feel & price.
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  6. Jos

    Jos TS Evangelist Posts: 3,073   +97

    Skidmarksdeluxe good for you! It's a free market so obviously you can choose whatever suits your needs. I was referring to the trackpad specifically since that's what the story is about.
  7. ..and I'll say that if it wasn't for Apple constantly pushing better tech in their products, we wouldn't have that "...Windows model in terms of quality, responsiveness feel & price."

    Having that that..I hate apple for personal reasons and at this point, I don't use any of their products.
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  8. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,381   +940

    Good. I hate how the left (and right, if you like your life easier) buttons aren't dedicated.
    And can you even tap-to-click with those? Last time I used one, I had to click and didn't bother checking......
  9. Blue Falcon

    Blue Falcon TS Addict Posts: 161   +51

    I've never used a trackpad that didn't make me angry and want to throw a laptop into the trash can when doing serious work on the laptop. Mouse + short-cut keys >>>> trackpad for people who use their computer for real work. Trackpad is for casuals.
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  10. Pan Wah

    Pan Wah TS Enthusiast Posts: 122   +27

    Too right, squire! ;)
  11. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,151   +1,411

    I like the casual defense of Apple in the story... 'it?s important to understand that Apple didn?t get a patent for all glass trackpads' and 'I guess if you are filing a patent, it?s best to cover as many bases as possible which is what Apple has seemingly done in that department. Even still, it?s relatively easy to get around a specific patent with just a tiny bit of creativity."

    It's almost like the author knows posting this story is like dropping live bait into a piranha tank. Either that or the TS office uses Apple. :)

    Since we're taking a survey, the trackpad on my work laptop (Dell) is pretty much only useful for giving you the illusion that you can control your PC with it. However, the trackpad on my old eee PC Asus Netbook was perfect. You could scroll and use gestures on it, and I never had to plug in a mouse.
  12. spectrenad

    spectrenad TS Enthusiast Posts: 98   +18

    My Asus RoG trackpad is way better than anything apple has. :)
  13. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +627

    Right-clicking on Apple trackpads turns me into the hulk.
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  14. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +59

    Here we go again.
  15. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,285

    I have to admit (even though it galls me) the the Apple trackpad is is a lot better than some of the trackpads used by other manufacturers.

    I couldn't agree more, especially with your last paragraph.
  16. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,546   +430

    How do you right click? I used a Powerbook for years which was before Apple had figured out gestures and multitouch, and the only way to right click was to 'Option+Click'. On the 'clickpads' though you just push down with 2 fingers rather than 1 (Option+Click still works if you must), in the transition it took me about 10 seconds to 'get used to it'. Is it just the clicking by depressing the trackpad that is the problem for you?
  17. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +627

    Yeah, I was referring to the two finger gesture. This, coupled with the mechanical action, is what gets me I guess.

    Also I find that it freaks out if I leave one finger on the bottom of the pad to act as a 'clicker' and navigate with the other finger. Pointer stops moving, as it thinks I'm zooming etc.

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