Apple recently announced that some macOS Monterey features will not come to Intel Macs, indicating that the company might phase out Intel Mac support sooner than usual. However a brand new, surprise update now adds Windows Precision Touchpad service to Boot Camp–a tool just located on x86 Macs.
Windows Precision Touchpad support arrives to Boot Camp through a surprise software update. First noticed by users on the r/MacOS subreddit and reported by The Verge, the Precision Touchpad service works much better than the 3rd party workarounds that Boot Camp users have relied on for almost a decade.
Those who are utilized to using Windows may be surprised how many trackpad features rely upon Precision Trackpad support. Functions such as tap-to-click, right corner to right-click, and multi-finger gestures are impossible without Precision Trackpad support, which can make running Windows 10 onto a MacBook difficult, given its lack of dedicated trackpad buttons.
Unfortunately, only a few Macs are gaining Windows Precision Trackpad support. An Apple support document states that only Macs using a T2 chip can access the attribute, which excludes all Macs created before 2018. You can find a complete list of Macs using a T2 chip on Apple’s website.
While we’re happy to see Apple continue support for Intel machines, it’s somewhat odd given macOS 12’s focus on M1 machines. Hopefully this can be a indication that Apple will continue to encourage x86 devices for years to come.