Apple Magic Trackpad is out

Finally Apple unveils the Magic Trackpad for Macs. The new Magic Trackpad is the first Multi-Touch trackpad designed to work with the Mac desktop computer. It uses the same Multi-Touch technology available on the MacBook Pro. This is basically a larger version of the MacBook Pro touchpad and it supports a full set of gestures, allowing for a whole new way to control and interact with what’s on the screen. Swiping through pages online feels just like flipping through pages in a book or magazine.

Apple Magic Trackpad

Apple Magic Trackpad

Some of the main features:

The largest Multi-Touch trackpad

Magic Trackpad is just like the trackpad on the MacBook Pro — but bigger. It’s made with the same advanced touch-friendly and wear-resistant glass surface. But with nearly 80 percent more area, it’s the largest Multi-Touch trackpad made by Apple. So there’s even more room for you to scroll, swipe, pinch, and rotate to your fingers’ content. And since the entire surface is a button that clicks, you can use it in place of a mouse.

It fits in perfectly

Magic Trackpad features the same sculpted aluminum design as the Apple Wireless Keyboard, and side by side the two sit flush at the same angle and height. Go from typing to gesturing in one motion, or do both at the same time. How perfect is that?

Effortless Wireless

Magic Trackpad works using Bluetooth technology, so you don’t have to deal with an annoying cable that dictates where you place it. Once you pair Magic Trackpad with your Bluetooth-enabled Mac, you’ll enjoy a reliable, secure connection up to 33 feet away. Magic Trackpad detects periods of inactivity, and it’s equipped with an on/off switch. Together these features help to conserve battery life, so you can keep gesturing for months at a time.

System Requirements

  • Bluetooth-enabled Mac computer
  • Two AA batteries (included)
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard v10.6.4 and latest software update

Finally the Trackpad will set you back $69. [Apple]

Is Apple Worth More Than Microsoft?

Apple’s stock market capitalization (AAPL) has not yet quite surpassed Microsoft’s (MSFT), but the value of its actual business is now higher.

Apples business is now worth $200 billion, while Microsoft is only worth $197 billion. If I expanded this a bit more, as of 25th May stock market close, Apple had a market capitalization of $223 billion.  Apple has $23 billion of cash and no debt.  Apple’s enterprise value, therefore, is $200 billion. Microsoft, meanwhile, had a market capitalization of $228 billion.  Microsoft has $37 billion of cash and $6 billion of debt (per Yahoo Finance).  Microsoft’s enterprise value, therefore, is $197 billion.

Well according to this, apple certainly is worth more than Microsoft. A few years back the thought that Apples would come close to being worth as Microsoft would have been unthinkable. The gap between the two companies has closed thanks to an amazing array of products delivered to the market by Apple during the recent years.

One thing to note though, this valuation is based on simple calculation of enterprise value. It should be noted that Apple has an unusual method of accounting for some of its cash on hand. This is further explained on yahoo finance. This indicates that Apple is still behind Microsoft, but for how long?

The Apple tablet is here !!

Apple has unveiled its iPad tablet. Hmm .. now is this device a computer or a mobile device? Check the review at `ZDNet` on what it can do and what it cant.