Why is 3-4 finger multitouch support not available (not even listed as trackpad preference options) on my late 2008 white plastic Mac book?


The trackpad in the 2008 white plastic MacBook isn't capable of supporting multitouch gestures. As it's a hardware limitation -- meaning the trackpad hardware can't sense input from 3-4 separate fingers at once -- there aren't any hacks to get around the limitation.

One way to get full multitouch support would be to get a Magic Trackpad. They'll work with any bluetooth-enabled Mac running Mac OS X Snow Leopard v10.6.4 or later.

  • Thanks Micheal, although the apple support line guy (and his supervisor) thought they should work on my MacBook. Since the magic trackpad is described as for desktop macs, I think I'll take my MacBook to the Apple store and see it work before I buy one. Aug 2 '11 at 18:07
  • It's for notebooks too. The copy on the linked page also says "Use it in place of a mouse or in conjunction with one on any Mac computer — even a notebook." Aug 2 '11 at 18:36

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