Apple Magic TrackPad 2

How to Know if Apple Magic TrackPad 2 is Compatible with Your Mac

Apple just released Apple Magic Trackpad 2 can be used on any Mac that has El Capitan and Bluetooth 4.  The device features a large surface area that includes built-in rechargeable batteries and supports Force Touch technology.  The latter-mentioned feature enables you to experience a much friendlier interaction with your computer.  For example, you can press the trackpad to choose a word on a certain webpage, applying more pressure onto it opens up a pop-up dictionary that lets you check on the word’s definition.


Apple Magic TrackPad 2
Apple Magic TrackPad 2


Buying Apple Magic Trackpad 2 is quite an investment since it has a price tag of $129.  Now, if you want one for your old buddy, Macbook or iMac, know that the trackpad has compatibility issues.  According to the Apple website, your Mac device should be running El Capitan (OS X v.10.11 and later) and is Bluetooth 4.0 enabled.  Hence, Macbooks and iMac that are older than 3 to 4 years may not be compatible with Magic Trackpad 2.


To help you with, you can also do the following steps to ensure if your Mac device is compatible or not.




  1. Click on the Apple logo located in the menu bar and choose About this Mac.


  1. Check for the version number and if it indicates 10.11, know that you have El Capitan running in your system.


  1. Click on System Report>> Hardware and under Bluetooth, you should be able to find LMP version. Check if it indicates 0x6 which simply means that your Mac is Bluetooth 4.0 enabled.  If you found these two factors within your system, then your Mac is definitely compatible with Magic TrackPad 2.


  1. Alternatively, you can use the command line approach by simply opening terminal on your Mac. Enter the command:  system_profiler -detailLevel full | grep “LMP Version” to know your Bluetooth version.