Goodbye mouse - Apple reveals 'magic trackpad'

Apple's Magic Trackpad has made the jump from laptop to desktop. Photo / Supplied
Apple's Magic Trackpad has made the jump from laptop to desktop. Photo / Supplied

WASHINGTON - Apple has unveiled the "Magic Trackpad," a touchpad which allows a user to operate a desktop computer with finger gestures, eliminating the need for a mouse.

The Magic Trackpad costs NZ$119 in the online Apple Store.

The battery-powered device, which looks a bit like a notepad made out of glass and aluminium, connects to Apple's Mac desktop computers using Bluetooth wireless technology.

It allows users to operate their machines using the tapping, swiping and pinching finger gestures well known to owners of iPhones or iPads.

Apple said it works from as far as 10 metres away from the computer.

The touchpad technology has already featured in Apple's MacBook Pro notebook computers.

Apple also unveiled new iMac desktop computers featuring more powerful processors, 21.5-inch and 27-inch screens and price tags between $1999 and $3499.

- AFP

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