imoviemacWhile Apple updated iMovie for Mac on March 9 with Photos integration and noted it in the "What's New" section, Apple did not mention it also gained additional support for the new Force Touch Trackpad. The new feature was first found by freelance film editor Alex Gollner (via Wired) and is described in an Apple support document.

When dragging a video clip to its maximum length, you’ll get feedback letting you know you’ve hit the end of the clip. Add a title and you’ll get feedback as the title snaps into position at the beginning or end of a clip. Subtle feedback is also provided with the alignment guides that appear in the Viewer when cropping clips.

Gollner notes that the new feature allowed him to "feel" his way around iMovie's user interface, which means that he could do certain tasks without looking at the screen. He goes on to say that the new feature feels like a sign of the future for Apple devices, with users being able to feel their way through UI elements that he calls "bumpy pixels".

iMovie for Mac [Direct Link] comes free with every new Mac, and this new version of the software is available as a free update for existing owners of the app. iMovie for Mac is otherwise available in the Mac App Store for $14.99.

Tag: iMovie

Top Rated Comments

joshdammit Avatar
117 months ago
This is certainly not a new concept.
Why do people still point out that Apple's new releases aren't new concepts? Apple never really invented anything, nor do they claim to. Even USB-C, which supposedly Apple had a hand in designing, they didn't even go taking credit for.

What Apple does take credit for, is putting technology together in a novel, easy-to-use approach.

Bringing up some obscure piece of tech that nobody ever used, saw or heard about doesn't prove any point besides the company in question (Logitech, in this case) failed at creating and marketing a useful product. No, I'm not going to buy a mouse that I have to configure with every app I use to product haptic feedback. If I have to configure your product to function properly, I should be getting a share of the profits.

PS. Apple didn't invent the smartphone, the tablet computer, the laptop or the GUI either. I know! Mind blown, right?!
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
surfingarbo Avatar
117 months ago
This will...*force*...everyone to upgrade their Macs.

Your joke is 5% funny; but man I really like your sarcastic email signature. That, my good sir, is 100% funny. Well done.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gmcalpin Avatar
117 months ago
This is certainly not a new concept. Does anyone remember the Logitech "iFeel" mouse? It basically did this. There was a little haptic engine inside that could be configured to create different sensations when the user moved over certain user interface elements.
"Basically" doesn't count. "Basically," game controllers had haptic feedback for years before that, too.

Except that this is haptic feedback in a trackpad, directly built into an application (not "configured" by the user), and (likely, eventually, if it isn't already) a native part of the operating system.

So this is actually new. Not shockingly revolutionary by any means. But still new.

The internet is not a race to be the first to piss all over something.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ArtOfWarfare Avatar
117 months ago
Like the rumble strips along a highway. Lets you drive by feel instead of looking.

(I'm kidding, of course. Please, for the love of all that is good, do not actually attempt that.)
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JCrz Avatar
117 months ago
This will...*force*...everyone to upgrade their Macs.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jakewilk Avatar
117 months ago
I actually really like this. Anything to make technology more intimate and alive is good because computers as they are are quite dead masses of circuits. A Mac that touches you back seems to me like a good way to subtly make the Mac experience more enjoyable. I think this technology is greatly under valued, and so far (as is natural) greatly under utilized. Not because it's the next frontier of computing, but because it makes personal computers more personal
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

Beyond iPhone 13 Better Blue Face ID Single Camera Hole

Six Reasons to Wait for Next Year's iPhone 17

Thursday February 22, 2024 4:20 am PST by
Apple's iPhone development roadmap runs several years into the future and the company is continually working with suppliers on several successive iPhone models concurrently, which is why we sometimes get rumored feature leaks so far ahead of launch. The iPhone 17 series is no different, and already we have some idea of what to expect from Apple's 2025 smartphone lineup. If you plan to skip...
iPhone Notch

Apple Explored These Notch and Dynamic Island Designs for iPhones

Friday February 23, 2024 2:05 pm PST by
With the iPhone 14 Pro models in 2022, Apple introduced the Dynamic Island, which can morph and expand to display system alerts, sports scores, and a variety of other information. The feature makes the space surrounding the front camera and Face ID sensors useful compared to the notch on older iPhone models. Apple explored a variety of ideas for the iPhone's notch area over the years before...
General Apps Messages

iOS 17.4 to Add This 'Groundbreaking' New Messaging Feature

Friday February 23, 2024 5:05 am PST by
With iOS 17.4, set to arrive in March 2024, Apple is bringing a new cryptographic security feature to iMessage called PQ3. This "groundbreaking" and "state-of-the-art" protocol provides "extensive defenses against even highly sophisticated quantum attacks," according to Apple. Let's break down what that means. Apple's iMessage service already supports end-to-end encryption, but security...
cracked glass vision pro

Handful of Apple Vision Pro Units Develop Identical Crack in Cover Glass

Friday February 23, 2024 4:46 am PST by
A small number of Apple Vision Pro owners have claimed that their headsets developed a hairline crack down the middle of the front cover glass, despite having never been dropped or mishandled. Photo of hairline crack in Vision Pro front glass (credit: Reddit user Inphenite) The first report was posted in the subreddit /r/VisionPro about 18 days ago, and several more have appeared in the last...
New Macs iPads iOS 17 4

What to Expect at Potential Apple Event in March: iPads, Macs, and More

Friday February 23, 2024 8:35 am PST by
Apple often holds its first media event of the year in March, so the company could be just weeks away from announcing new products. Below, we have outlined what to expect from a potential Apple Event this March. Past Apple Events in March Apple has held five events in March since 2015:Monday, March 9, 2015 Monday, March 21, 2016 Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Monday, March 25, 2019 Tuesday,...
iOS 17

When Will Apple Release iOS 17.4 for iPhones?

Friday February 23, 2024 11:56 am PST by
Apple has been beta testing iOS 17.4 for nearly a month now. Below, we explain when the update is likely to be released to all users. In its press release announcing major App Store changes in the EU, which were implemented in response to new regulations under the EU's Digital Markets Act, Apple confirmed that iOS 17.4 will be released at some point in March:Developers can learn about these...
Next Generation CarPlay Porsche 1

Apple Launching Next-Generation CarPlay This Year With These New Features

Wednesday February 21, 2024 2:03 pm PST by
Apple recently updated its website to confirm that the first vehicle models with next-generation CarPlay support will debut "in 2024." This wording is shown on Apple's regional websites for the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and many other countries. The iOS 17.4 beta includes code-level references to eight new CarPlay apps:Auto Settings: This app will let you manage paired iPhones...