Apple has extended an olive branch to Mac users who use Windows. The company recently updated its Boot Camp utility to support Windows Precision touchpad functionality on certain devices, as discovered by Reddit user “ar25nan” this morning.
Windows precision Touchpad drivers offer a variety of gestures that you can use to switch between windows, access the Action Center, and open Cortana, among other things. It also enables basic functions like two-finger scrolling and pinch-to-zoom. Most of these features have a macOS equivalent, many of which use the same gesture.
But so far, Mac owners are running Windows 10 about the Boot camp Utility could not use the Windows Precision touchpad. This has always been a notable omission, especially given that Apple places so much emphasis on touch-based interactions with its devices. Even the company simple mouse was designed with gestures in mind.
That situation has finally been corrected … for some people.
Macs that support Windows precision gestures
Apple said in a support document Windows Precision gesture support is limited to Boot Camp users running macOS Big Sur on an Intel-based Mac that has its. disposes T2 security chip. Anyone with an older version of macOS or a M1-equipped Mac bad luck.
The list of Macs that meet these criteria is pretty short:
- iMac (Retina 5K, 27 inches, 2020)
- iMac Pro
- MacPro (2019)
- Mac Pro (Rack, 2019)
- Mac mini (2018)
- MacBook Air (Retina, 13 inch, 2020)
- MacBook Air (Retina, 13 inch, 2019)
- MacBook Air (Retina, 13 inch, 2018)
- MacBook Pro (13 “, 2020, two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
- MacBook Pro (13 “, 2020, four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
- MacBook Pro (16 “, 2019)
- MacBook Pro (13 “, 2019, two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
- MacBook Pro (15 “, 2019)
- MacBook Pro (13 “, 2019, four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
- MacBook Pro (15 “, 2018)
- MacBook Pro (13 “, 2018, four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
This may seem like a whole bunch of devices, but that’s just because of the way Apple counts them. The actual list is just “Macs released between 2018 and early 2020”. Every other device – and versions of macOS released prior to Big Sur – will be left with the limited tracked options available prior to this update.
Here’s the good news: the limitation on Intel-based Macs almost certainly comes from the fact that Boot Camp doesn’t even support Apple’s custom silicon. Apple said that it’s up to microsoft play it safe Windows 10 on arm runs on its new chips. Hopefully, Windows Precision touchpad support will be there to welcome this.
Either way, this should be a welcome change for the affected subset of Mac owners, and it shows that Apple has not yet completely abandoned its Intel-based Macs.