Apple finally adds support for Windows Precision Touchpad drivers in the latest Boot Camp update. The new 6.1.15 update includes support for the Windows Precision Touchpad, including single-click to click, lower-right corner to right-click, scroll-down motion, and three or four finger gestures.
Various Reddit users noticed that the surprise update went live yesterday, and it apparently works better than third-party solutions such as Trackpad ++ and mac-precision-touchpad that people have had to use for years. “Works better than both with better palm and thumb detection as well,”
Microsoft first introduced the Windows Precision Touchpad with Intel in 2013, in an attempt to fix the infamous PC trackpad problems of 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 Macs with a T2 chip have access to 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 of 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 for now. Apple has said that “the transition to Apple silicon will take about two years to complete.”