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Not Dead Yet: Apple Adds Windows Precision Touchpad Gestures to Boot Camp

News Apple, MicrosoftApple recently announced that some macOS Monterey features won’t come to Intel Macs, signaling that the company may phase out Intel Mac support sooner than usual. But a new, surprise update now adds Windows Precision Touchpad support to Boot Camp—a tool only found on x86 Macs. Windows Precision Touchpad support comes to Boot…

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Apple recently announced that some macOS Monterey features will not come to Intel Macs, indicating that the company might phase out Intel Mac support sooner than usual. However a brand new, surprise update now adds Windows Precision Touchpad service to Boot Camp–a tool just located on x86 Macs.

Windows Precision Touchpad support arrives to Boot Camp through a surprise software update. First noticed by users on the r/MacOS subreddit and reported by The Verge, the Precision Touchpad service works much better than the 3rd party workarounds that Boot Camp users have relied on for almost a decade.

Those who are utilized to using Windows may be surprised how many trackpad features rely upon Precision Trackpad support. Functions such as tap-to-click, right corner to right-click, and multi-finger gestures are impossible without Precision Trackpad support, which can make running Windows 10 onto a MacBook difficult, given its lack of dedicated trackpad buttons.

Unfortunately, only a few Macs are gaining Windows Precision Trackpad support. An Apple support document states that only Macs using a T2 chip can access the attribute, which excludes all Macs created before 2018. You can find a complete list of Macs using a T2 chip on Apple’s website.

While we’re happy to see Apple continue support for Intel machines, it’s somewhat odd given macOS 12’s focus on M1 machines. Hopefully this can be a indication that Apple will continue to encourage x86 devices for years to come.

Source: r/MacOS via The Verge

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