Day two of using the Apple Magic Trackpad.
For content producers, those who generate content, code, create – this seems more effective an answer to touch screens.
A touch screen is useful when you consume. When you play, when you read, when you interact passively, more or less. Yes, drawing on a touchscreen looks cool, but resolution is probably an issue.
ANYWAY, the main problem with touch screens when you actually work, is simply lifting your arms. Reaching out. It takes time, removes you from the keyboard (yup, no voice controls yet). That slows you down.
What Apple did with the trackpad is to put that touch capability right next to where your hands are. So yes, it is not that cool or innovative. And unlike touch screens you will have the learning curve of getting all the gestures right. It's worth it. For now, it appears pretty darn practical.