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

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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. – Jim Russell 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." – michaelmichael Aug 2 '11 at 18:36

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