Apple finally adds support for Windows Precision Touchpad drivers in its latest Boot Camp update. The new 6.1.15 update includes support for the Windows Precision Touchpad, including single-click to click, bottom-right corner to right-click, down movement to scroll up, and three or four finger gestures.
Various Reddit users noted that the surprise update went live yesterday and it apparently works better than third-party solutions like Trackpad ++ and mac-precision-touchpad that people have had to use for years. “Works much better than both of them with better palm and thumb registration too,”
Microsoft first started introducing the Windows Precision Touchpad with Intel in 2013 in an attempt to solve the infamous PC trackpad problems at the time. It has taken Apple a long time to activate the Windows Precision Touchpad in Boot Camp, but not all MacBooks are supported. An Apple support document notes that only Mac computers with a T2 chip can access the Windows Precision Touchpad, which is the majority of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models as of 2018 (full list here).
The timing of such a significant update to Boot Camp is also surprising and may suggest that Intel-based Macs will co-exist with Apple’s M1-based Macs for a while yet. Apple discontinued Intel-based MacBook Airs last year, but you can still buy a 13-inch MacBook Pro with an Intel CPU so far. Apple has said its “transition to Apple silicon will take about two years to complete.”