Will the Magic Trackpad work with a MacBook Air?

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    It should work on any Apple computer with Snow Leopard 10.6.4 and higher. Without its drivers, only basic features will work.

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  • It should, but you first need to install (1) OS 10.6.4 and (2) a separate trackpad update. To find the crucial trackpad update, go to Support > Downloads, search for "trackpad," then look for the "Magic Trackpad and Multi-Touch Trackpad Update 1.0" download.

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  • Yes, will work. I got mine working.
    Make sure you update 10.6.2 with download Trackpad software.

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  • Michelle, I use a similar set-up as you. For selecting large amount of text, I place the cursor at the beginning of the text, place three fingertips on the pad and (while maintaining contact with all three) I use my index finger to drag across the text. Same functionality for all dragging functions actually.

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  • I'm running Maverick 10.9.1 on my MacBook Air. I set it up with other components as a "dock station" with a larger monitor for my home office. It works the same as the trackpad on the laptop but it is larger. It also fits smartly to either side of the Apple keyboard. I have a bluetooth mouse from another manufacturer and the Apple trackpad does seem to be as responsive as the built in version while the mouse tends to drag a bit. I've come to love the trackpad for most "mouse functions." The one function where I always turn to the mouse though is selecting a large chunk of text. I haven't figured out how to do that on the pad without using both hands.

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