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Apple Magic Trackpad Goes Live

Apple Desktop users looking to emulate the magic trackpad which was only available on their Apple laptops can now buy the new Magic Trackpad peripheral which retains the same capabilities as its untethered sibling.

In fact the new Magic Trackpad is nearly twice bigger, offering a "touch friendly" and wear resistant glass surface. And because it shares the same design with Apple's Wireless keyboard, you can put both of them side by side and they sit flush at the same angle and height.

Should Apple one day to combine those two, Apple users will get the best of both worlds even if the Magic Pad costs a cool £59 (here (opens in new tab)) and is compatible only with Mac computers for now.

The device will connect to Mac via Bluetooth (with a 10m range), automatically turns off when not in use and can also be used with another notebook. We're not sure whether you can actually use the Magic trackpad and the built in one on a Macbook Pro simultaneously.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.