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Boot Camp gains Windows Precision Touchpad support via Apple's latest update

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What you need to know

  • Boot Camp allows Macs to alternate between Windows and macOS.
  • It has lacked Windows Precision Touchpad support until now.
  • Redditors noticed said support was included in the latest Boot Camp update.

Leave it to Reddit to spot the big news: As found by /u/ar25nan over on the Snoo-faced site, it seems Apple has finally added a much-wanted support feature to Boot Camp. That support would be for Windows Precision Touchpad, which allows users to make certain gestures via the touchpad to accomplish tasks more conveniently.

Tap or swipe with multiple fingers to access shortcuts, alternate windows, scroll, and perform a whole host of other useful features. That's the benefit of Windows Precision Touchpad. And while it sounds relatively minor on the surface, it's one of those things that, once you get used to, it's hard to go back from.

That's why there's so much fanfare around this sneaky surprise from Apple. Though it wasn't shouted from the rooftops by Apple itself, it headlined the update notes and caught the attention of web denizens, hence the commotion over on Reddit. Here's to Apple releasing more useful features and learning to love Windows' tools as much as so many others already do.

In related Apple-Windows crossover news, FaceTime is coming to Windows, albeit with a big catch. And in general news loosely involving Apple and Microsoft products, check out the latest scoop regarding Sensel's touchpad technology.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.

9 Comments
  • I use both and like the precision trackpads much better than the Apple trackpad as long as the trackpad is a good size like on the Surface laptops. The first thing I do on a Mac is adjust the behavior to work like windows. For example no need to press to click.
  • Curious. Does anyone ever wish they could put Mac OS on a PC? (Sarcasm intended).
  • Sarcasm acknowledged and perhaps even endorsed (though not by me, of course, as I must remain neutral).
  • Yes, it's called a hackintosh. However as you know you can't have a license to do that. MacOS is not a product that can be sold independently of the hardware.
  • For doing this, you need MacOS (genuine OS) to run via VMware.
  • Looks like WoA is almost here. Can't wait for Windows x86 Software to be optimized for the M1 😂
  • Hurray! /sarcasm. Now will Apple stop dragging their heels with drivers too? I know a few people that solely use Windows via bootcamp... yes... you read that right... They pay a premium to buy a Macbook to run windows with poorly optimised drivers. Fortunately that is now a slim group as there are really good Windows laptops out there now. Prior to the Surface, I understood their logic, macbooks did have decent battery life compared to the uninspiring, plastic heaps of crap OEMs used to churn out YoY. Now? There is seriously no need to buy a Macbook to run solely run Windows via Bootcamp. The only reason to get a MacBook is if you use MacOS and applications like Final Cut Pro etc. Otherwise why bother? Especially, since Linux is gaining traction with game developers and Linux doesn't have the constraints of MacOS.
  • Wondering when Microsoft will finally allow one-finger / edge scrolling on their dang 'Precision Touchpads'?! Many people with disabilities don't have the ability to move their fingers the way these gestures require but can manage to place one point (such as a knuckle) on the touchpad. Not being able to do a simple thing like scroll by moving one point up/down the edge of the touchpad like you could do on a ten-year old laptop on Windows 7 is hugely frustrating!
  • Just in time for Apple to never support Windows on Bootcamp using M1 processors.