Decades ago Apple pioneered mass-uptake of the mouse, and now they're out to break new ground with a new type of input device: The Magic Trackpad, announced this morning.
The sleek little rectangle works just like the trackpad on a MacBook(and is made from the same opaque glass), but it's way bigger, giving you more room to maneuver your mitt; as you can see in the photo below, it's about the same size front-to-back as Apple's Bluetooth keyboard. And yes, the surface is both clickable and double-clickable.
The device should appeal strongly to minimalists: There's no wires as it works via Bluetooth, and the sleek, futuristic form is about as pared down as you can get.
I use Expose a lot, and I find even the tiny act of having to move my hand from the mouse to my MacBook's trackpad is enough to break my workflow. The Magic Trackpad will preclude this, as Expose can be invoked directly from the device.
On top of that, something about touch makes manipulating a mouse across a surface seem anachronistic, like pushing a Tonka truck around as a child. Your correspondent, for one, will be ditching his dust-catching mousepad to dive into full-time touch fingers-first.