Apple is finally adding support for Windows Precision Touchpad drivers in the latest Boot Camp update. The new 6.1.15 update includes support for Windows Precision Touchpad, including single tap to click, bottom right corner to right click, down gesture to scroll up, and three or four finger gestures.
various Reddit users noticed the surprise update went live yesterday, and it apparently works better than third-party solutions like Trackpad++ and mac-precision-touchpad that people have been using for years. “Works much better than both with better palm and thumb detection”, says one Reddit user.
Microsoft first started introducing Windows Precision Touchpad with Intel in 2013 in an effort to fix the then infamous PC trackpad problems. It took Apple a long time to enable Windows Precision Touchpad in Boot Camp, but not every MacBook is supported. A Apple Support Document notes that only Mac computers with a T2 chip can access Windows Precision Touchpad, most MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models as of 2018 (full list here).
The timing of such a major update to Boot Camp is also surprising and could indicate that Intel-based Macs will coexist 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 for now. Apple has said that the “transition to Apple silicon will take about two years.”