Multitouch

10 Magic Keyboard trackpad gestures all iPad Pro owners should memorize right now

iPadOS 13.4 brought the power of Multi-Touch technology to compatible trackpad and mouse devices. It's a new paradigm that gives you another way to use your iPad apart from touch and ink (Apple Pencil). iPadOS supports a few dozen gestures for trackpads and mice, but we've distilled Apple's list down to ten essential gestures for the Magic Keyboard (they work on other trackpads) that all iPad Pro owners should memorize to save time and increase productivity.

Here are all the iPad gestures available with Apple’s Magic Trackpad and Mouse accessories

iPad trackpad support in iPadOS 13.4 opens up whole new ways to use your Apple tablet. iPad trackpad and mouse gestures are supported by Apple's Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro, as well as the company's standalone Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse 2 accessories. Follow along with your favorite blog as we teach you about all of the iPad trackpad gestures that are available with the Magic Trackpad 1 and 2, Magic Mouse 2 and third-party mice.

How to zip and unzip files on iPhone or iPad

iOS 11 goes a long way in turning the iPad into a full-fledged laptop replacement. The operating system handles more complex tasks, improves multitasking, adds Drag and Drop support, and more. Managing compressed files is also easier than ever.

We will observe three different ways to work with zipped files. First, we will see how to view zip files in the Files app, then we'll see how to zip and unzip files using either Share Sheet extensions or Drag and Drop. Aside from an iPad or iPhone running iOS 11, you need one of two applications we tested: Kpressor and Zipped.

Three finger drag gesture via new MacBook Pro’s trackpad acting up for some users

Three finger drag, a productivity-boosting multi-touch trackpad gesture in macOS, isn't working properly for some owners of Apple's new MacBook Pro. Both 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros have larger trackpads than their predecessors, but for many people the gesture doesn't work at all.

For others, three finger drag works only intermittently or performs erroneously when used in one of the sides of the new MacBook Pro's Force Touch trackpad.

Apple launches worldwide “Touch Disease” repair program for iPhone 6 Plus

Apple has finally acknowledged existence of so-called “Touch Disease” following a class action lawsuit regarding the issue. The problem has been plaguing a subset of iPhone 6 Plus owners for quite some time now, manifesting itself in the form of a flickering bar at the top of the display and general multi-touch unresponsiveness.

The firm denied responsibility because under the terms of a new worldwide program it's agreed to fix any affected iPhone 6 Plus devices, but for a $149 service fee.

How to disable natural scrolling on your Mac’s multitouch trackpad

If you're an ex-Windows user, or still use Windows, then you're probably used to the content on the page scrolling in the same direction as your fingers move on the trackpad, but on the Mac it's quite the opposite by default. Fortunately, it's easy to change disable natural scrolling on your Mac trackpad, and in this tutorial, we're going to show you how it's done.

Apple patents technology that would allow iPhones to detect touches while wearing gloves

Did you know that your iPhone's multi-touch display cannot detect touches while you're wearing gloves? That's because the iPhone uses capacitive touchscreen technology that takes human body capacitance as input and gloves block your fingers from touching the screen directly.

A new patent application Apple filed for with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in the summer of 2014 was published this morning.

Titled “Glove Touch Detection”, it seeks to fix this problem via dynamically adjusted threshold values, which would permit the touchscreen to register touch events while the user is wearing regular gloves.

iOS 9 introduces predictive touch technology that should be crucial for rumored Apple stylus

Coincidentally or not, iOS 9 has introduced a trio of notable enhancements in the multi-touch department that could be viewed as laying the groundwork for a rumored Apple-branded stylus thought to arrive later this year alongside a larger twelve-something-inch 'iPad Pro' model.

As one of the WWDC 2015 session videos details, the Cocoa Touch framework in iOS 9 has gained brand new predictive touch capabilities. Not only that, but iOS 9 now has a drawing engine and features vastly improved multi-touch performance, a significant boon for apps that let you draw with your finger or a stylus.

Apple researching hover touch sensing and embedded heart rate monitoring

A pair of patent applications filed with the United States Patent & Trademark Office earlier in the week have hinted that Apple's iPhone could gain a new sensor letting the smartphone detect your cardiac signal when it's picked up. The invention would permit your iPhone to identify you by your heartbeat.

Furthermore, the company appears to be researching hover sensing technology like that found on Samsung's Galaxy S4, which is capable of detecting touch events even when a user's finger is not really in contact with the touchscreen...

Apple working on multitouch gestures for iOS keyboard, patent hints

Although Apple's iOS is known for its gesture-based interface, the iPhone maker is notoriously hesitant about enhancing the virtual keyboard feature. A patent granted Tuesday reveals the company has been considering adopting multitouch keyboard from the moment the iPhone appeared. The patent filing entitled 'Swipe gestures for touch screen keyboards' outlines gestures to handle common keyboard tasks, such as deletion, punctuation and more...

Apple updates touch tech in upcoming iPads

DigiTimes in January wrote Apple's fifth-generation iPad could adopt the iPad mini's thin-film touchscreen technology called GF Ditto, also better known as GF2. NPD DisplaySearch is well-versed in all things concerning mobile screens and yesterday they corroborated the rumor.

Specifically, DisplaySearch notes Apple’s shift toward in-cell display tech for the iPhone 5 and GF2 for the upcoming iPads has resulted in major shifts in the touch-panel industry supply chain. Basically a double-sided ITO film, GF2 has allowed Apple to make the iPad mini much thinner and significantly lighter compared to the bulkier G/G touchscreen tech driving the iPad 3.

As the iPad 5 is widely expected to adopt the iPad mini's thin and light appearance, obviously a major part of that will be Apple's adoption of the advanced GF2 technology...