Apple finally adds support for Windows Precision Touchpad drivers on T2 Macs
Microsoft’s Windows and Apple’s macOS, jointly account for approximately 90% of the Desktop Operating System market share worldwide.
While Windows runs on a variety of hardware, Apple’s macOS is a little too closed off, only officially running of Apple-made hardware.
Luckily for Windows users with Apple computers, there has been a way to run Windows on these devices via Bootcamp. However, there have often been trade-offs and glitches here and there.
For instance, support for Windows’ precision trackpad has been spotty, to say the least. As a result, we’ve often seen users resorting to using third-party drivers, just to get Windows trackpad features. Well, that ends soon.
This, as Apple is reportedly adding official support for Windows Precision Touchpad drivers in Bootcamp.
So what does this mean for Mac users who have been using Windows on their computers via Bootcamp? Well, now they can access Windows touchpad gestures such as Tap with a single finger to single-click, Press the lower-right corner of the touchpad to right-click, and Pinch to zoom.
In true Apple fashion, this isn’t available to all Macs. Apple says that these drivers are now available for Macs with the T2 security chip. To check if your Mac supports precision touchpad settings, follow these steps.
– In Windows on your Mac, click the Start menu, then choose Settings.
– In the Settings window, click Devices, then click Touchpad.
– If “Your PC has a precision touchpad” appears at the top of the Touchpad pane, you can set precision touchpad options using Windows.
– If “Your PC has a precision touchpad” doesn’t appear at the top of the Touchpad pane, your Mac either doesn’t support the Microsoft precision touchpad drivers, or you don’t have the latest Boot Camp support software installed. Use Boot Camp Control Panel to set the trackpad options instead.
The list of Macs with the T2 security chip, the ones that can now take advantage of these new Windows Precision touchpad drivers include the:
– iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2020)
– iMac Pro
– Mac Pro (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-inch, 2020, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
– MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
– MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)
– MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
– MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2019)
– MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
– MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018)
– MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
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