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Articles: Fabulous Force Touch Trackpad

Touch Technology


Nearly a decade ago (has it really been that long?) when the iPhone was first released, I remember reading a MySpace status ( was that long ago!) by Castle’s Nathan Fillion back when he was best known for Firefly, not Castle.

He wrote:

This iPhone has me pinching, twisting, and squeezing like an overzealous jock on prom night.

Eight years later both his popularity and the iPhone’s have skyrocketed. They’ve both significantly progressed in their respective careers. Those pinches and rotates have evolved into Apple’s amazing Force Click Trackpad available on MacBook Pro with Retina, both 15” and 13”, as well as the Retina MacBook.


New to the 15” MacBook Pro, integrated force sensors coupled with a Taptic Engine conveys haptic feedback in this amazing trackpad technology. Users can not only click anywhere on the trackpad’s uniform interface, but they can also customize pressure settings to fit their individual needs, meaning a light tap could register a click (which saves your joints for heavy users).

Not only does this state-of-the-art technological wonder support all the Apple Multi-Touch gestures you’ve come to know so well, like tap, scroll, pinch, and swipe, but this Force Touch Trackpad now includes a new gestures called “force click” (a click with a continued press) gestures which include actions like renaming labels, previewing files, adding or previewing calendar dates, pressure-sensitive fast forward and zoom, editing contacts, looking up definitions, and many more.


With the Force Click technology, navigating with the touch of just a finger (or two, or three) have never been easier.

  • Look up a webpage or Mail message.
  • Force Click an address to see a map of the location
  • Use it to add events to Calendar
  • Preview a link in Safari or Mail with Force Click
  • Force Click Reminders, Calendar, File Icons & Folders to see more info
  • Drop a pin on a Map
  • And so so so much more! Read all about it on Apple’s Info Page.

So if you’re tired of your old machine and it's antiquated navigation, look into PowerMax’s Trade-In Program and upgrade today!


ChristineChristine is a Technical Support Specialist and Content Writer for PowerMax. Follow her articles as she takes you “Behind the Sasquatch: A Look Inside PowerMax,” an inside look at the day-to-day operations from the perspective of a Woman in Tech. She’ll also post great Tech Tips, helping you get the most of your Mac apps as well as write about some common technical issues and how to fix them. Finally, Christine will periodically post some Tutorials that teach readers how to do things like make podcasts and iPhone apps. Find what you’re looking for in the categories on the right. 

If you have a tech question or issue, please don’t hesitate to contact Christine for help.

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