Does Magic Trackpad 2 work with Mac without Bluetooth?

Does Magic Trackpad 2 works with Mac without Bluetooth?


Is it possible to connect it through the USB to Lightning cable, to a computer that doesn’t have Bluetooth?


Or does the cable work just for charging, and the communication is Bluetooth-only?

The communication can be done over cable, just like how a wired keyboard or a Trackpad would work.

This Apple Support document sheds more light:

Connect a Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 or Magic Trackpad 2 with your Mac

When you connect your keyboard, mouse or trackpad to your Mac, it automatically connects with the Mac using Bluetooth.

  • Connect one end of a Lightning to USB Cable to your Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 or Magic Trackpad 2 and the other end to the USB port on your Mac. Depending on your Mac, you may need an adapter, which is available from an Apple Store or on

You can use your Magic Keyboard or Magic Trackpad 2 while it’s connected to your Mac. You can’t use your Magic Mouse 2 while it’s connected.

A Magic Mouse can’t be used as the Lighting port is located at the bottom of the mouse making it impractical to use it with the cable connected.

Quoted text added for context. Emphasis on the italicised part.

Force bluetooth usb adapter Mac Catalina

I’m having trouble forcing my mac to stay connected to my external USB Bluetooth adapter on reboot/restart.

I’ve read quite a few posts and have found this command

sudo nvram bluetoothHostControllerSwitchBehavior=always

I was able to use Bluetooth Explorer and I switched it to the new bluetooth USB dongle but it will still not remain connected after reboot. Instead it remains disconnected and I have to reconnect it every time I restart my computer.

Is there another command that I can use that will keep it connected after reboot?

mac – MacOS Dock disappears and background black when connecting monitor

My dock disappears as soon as I connect my display. The Dock process is killed. When I disconnect, the Dock process becomes available.

➜  ~ killall Dock
No matching processes belonging to you were found

Looks similar problem to this question, although for them it is happening with their main display. My OS is latest – Catalina 10.15.5 (updated May 26, 2020)

I am also unable to change the background. The settings all work fine, just the background doesn’t show. Before you answer about showing/hiding dock settings, or changing background, this question is something else entirely:

  • my monitor is 4k 60Hz, works fine with my wife’s Macbook (exactly same model), with same usb-c cable, same settings. I just plug the USB-C cable to mine and don’t do anything different
  • there are other monitors I have tested that have the same problem with my mac. Although, it’s random (sometimes they work with no problem). My monitor just always has this problem since last month’s update
  • I have tried deleting the finder plist and dock plist and restarting. But probably those have nothing to do with the problem
  • I tried resetting NVRAM and PRAM. This problem seems to be something screwed in OS settings

I am suspecting this may be a problem in the settings of how my mac handles a display, and I was wondering if there’s a way to reset the detection of monitors or display settings/configurations altogether. Also, how can I force-start the dock with the monitor?

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mac – Error a instalar cualquier OSX en macbook 2010 mid

I have a problem that I have not been able to solve for weeks, and nowhere do I find a solution to this, perhaps someone with more knowledge will help me and help others with this thread, the problem is as follows

I have a 2010 macbook mid, and I had high sierra installed, I want to go to catalina, use the catalina patcher to perform the entire procedure exactly as indicated by others as well

usb botteable utilize 2
format use all
Also try to install it without usb
use OS image from internet downloaded via torrent or download it from the catalina patcher app itself

use also mojave patcher and high sierra patcher

when entering the bootable formatie as apfs guid, and also use the mac os format
I have the same error
after starting the installer after 2 minutes it goes to a screen that shows the error

“MacOS cannot be installed on your computer”
an error occurred while installing macOS, to use apple diagnostics to check your mac’s hardware, turn off the computer, etc, etc

To see the diagnostic error, it does not show anything, only the planet and an exclamation point, nor using the internet cable.

I also changed the DATE to finish changing the date from 2016 to 2021 and I don’t solve it

I think from my point of view that the error is in the image that is downloaded by OSX (although the downloaded megabytes seem the correct size), can it be that you have to use a virgin image? I do not know what to do, if someone can help in this it would be appreciated in a huge way

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macos – using rEFInd to get around lack of boot screen when using unsupported GPU in Mac Pro

I am trying to upgrade a 2012 Mac Pro (model 5,1) to Mojave. I have installed High Sierra and updated bootrom to MP51.0089.B00. I’ve got a Sapphire PULSE Radeon RX 580 graphics card, which unfortunately does not support the Startup Manager. I want access to the Startup Manager, to be able to access recovery partitions and bootable external media.

My plan: rEFInd seems like a good solution to my problem. Before installing the unsupported GPU, if I can get rEFInd to appear as an option in the Startup Manager, I can select it as the default using the control key when selecting the boot option (this does work on my machine). Then once I install the unsupported GPU, the rEFInd main screen will appear on startup and I can select whatever I want, including recovery partitions and external media. (Obviously I must be careful never to change the default in SystemPrefs->StartupDisk, or I’ll have to temporarily re-install the old GPU and change the default back to rEFInd !). Does this sound like a workable plan ?

I’ve installed rEFInd, with default options, and it does not appear in Startup Manager. To get it to appear in Startup Manager, I believe I need to reinstall it with the –usedefault option. How do I reinstall ? Do I need to uninstall first (since I first installed it without the usedefault option) ? Uninstalling looks somewhat problematic. And what argument do I need to use with –usedefault ? I’ve looked at a wiki and a manpage, but am still confused. When I ran ‘mountesp’, I got:

sudo mountesp
The ESP has been identified as /dev/disk0s1; attempting to mount it....
The ESP is mounted at /Volumes/ESP

The only file in that volume is: /Volumes/ESP/EFI/APPLE/EXTENSIONS/Firmware.scap

That’s it. I am out of my depth, and would appreciate help.

What is ‘beaconstore’ and ‘beaconstorekey’ in the Mac keychain?

I noticed that after updating my Mac to the newest version of Catalina last night a new keychain entry titled ‘beaconstore’ has appeared, after inspecting the only other info I could find was that it was associated with something called ‘beaconstorekey’. I have searched everywhere and cannot find much information surrounding this other than the lack of it in the keychain seems to cause issues with MDM software and managed devices. I have not (knowingly) installed any such software. After deleting the log from the keychain nothing seems to have been affected but I would appreciate any info on what this is and where it came from in the first place. Thanks.