While news of the Magic Trackpad leaked back in June, and was later confirmed by the FCC, Apple today made things official. The US$69 device might be just the thing for those of you who don't like the Magic Mouse but still crave a little multi-touch action on the desktop.

It's basically the same thing as the trackpad on the MacBook Pro, but nearly 80% bigger, so there's plenty more room for those three- and four-finger gestures. The industrial design fetishists out there will be delighted to discover that it's been engineered to sit perfectly next to the Apple Wireless Keyboard.

Apple are claiming that a set of batteries will last "months at a time", and while we're naturally skeptical about how the real world figure will hold up to that, we haven't forgotten the fact that the iPad happily exceeded Apple's claimed battery life.

For more information, head over to apple.com/magictrackpad.