iFixit Teardown Gives Closer Look at Apple’s New Force Touch Trackpad [PICS]

At Apple’s Spring Forward special event, aside from revealing Apple Watch pricing and the new 12-inch MacBook, the existing 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro and MacBook Airs also got refreshed.

For the 13-inch MacBook Pro, Apple has added its new Force Touch trackpad, along with refreshing its CPU, graphics card and improving battery life.

Yesterday iFixit posted their teardown of the MacBook Air refreshes and now they have detailed the 13-inch MacBook Pro dismantling, giving us a closer look at the new Force Touch trackpad.

iFixit reveals some internal components were slightly rearranged but on the whole, nothing major has changed aside from the addition of the new Force Touch trackpad, whose logic board contains a Broadcom touch digitizer from the iPhone 5s and iPad Air.

Force touch trackpad

Apple already showed us a glimpse of the Force Touch trackpad in the 12-inch MacBook promo video, but here’s a hands-on look from iFixit:

Force touch trackpad 2

Taptic engine

iFixit took the sensor bracket and put it under a microscope to reveal a much more detailed look:

Track pad

Here’s their analysis on these pressure sensors and how they work. The Force Touch trackpad does not move, but the haptic feedback ‘tricks’ your brain to think it does:

Based on the wiggly pattern of traces stuck to the metal tabs, we’re pretty sure the magic pressure sensors in the new Force Touch trackpad are tiny strain gauges. Mounted on flexing metal supports, they detect the amount of flex on each—and based on that, the force from above.

The refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,549 CAD and comes with a 2.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of (soldered) memory and 128GB of flash storage. Anyone going to buy one of these refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pros?

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