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Bluetooth Mighty Mouse surfaces

updated 05:45 pm EDT, Mon July 24, 2006

Bluetooth Mighty Mouse

FCC documents have surfaced today depicting a Bluetooth version of Apple's Mighty Mouse. The new device is codenamed "M6," and appears to be a regular Mighty Mouse without a cord. Internal photographs reveal the inclusion of two non-rechargeable AA batteries to power the accessory rather than a rechargeable integrated cell or other such solution. The documents also reveal that the mouse will have an off switch much like that found on the current Apple Wireless Mouse, and makes use of software similar to that used to set up the current Mighty Mouse; with the addition of mouse renaming (Bluetooth). The battery level indicator is located in system preferences -- there are no apparent indicators on the physical mouse.





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  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    yep...

    a month after i dump 60 bucks into a logitech bluetooth mouse. D'OH!!

    "The battery level indicator is located in system preferences - there are no apparent indicators on the physical mouse"

    no kidding! my bluetooth keyboard (apple) doesnt have an indicator on it either. and my logitech BT mouse doesnt even show battery life in the System Prefs

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    wishlist:backlit keyboard

    would like one of these puppies more than a wifi irradiating mouse... :)

  1. devilla101

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    yawwwn

    As I said yaaaaaaaaaaawwn

  1. iSkippy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Also intererting to note

    In one of the pictures, http://images.macnn.com/macnn/bluetoothmouse/aapl_2400706_mightymousel13.jpg, the text identifies the mouse as having "laser tracking technology" rather than optical tracking.

  1. gate

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    It's about time ...

    It took Apple way too much time to build it. I don't get it but I will get it. Let's just hope that they will bundle that mouse with a wireless keyboard.

  1. eddd

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    damn silly

    the silliest, most embarrassing side of Apple is revealed in their mice. What an Achilles heel! I have been using a Logitech G7 for the past 9 months, and I can honestly say, after 22 years of computing and everything from trackballs to Wacom tablets to Apple mice, this is by far the most delightful, thought-out pointing device I have ever used (it's designed for gaming, but is incredible for graphics as well).

    One example out of many: it comes with two batteries, and the USB receiver charges the spare. So whenever the battery indicator flashes onscreen, you just reach over, pop out the charged battery, make the exchange, pop the dead battery in the charger and your good to go... maybe 7 seconds total time spent.

    But the accuracy, fluidity, function, form, features (e.g. – two instant settings: gaming or work, right on the mouse)... all of it makes me pleased every time I sit down to work, and especially when gaming. Everything except the $100 price tag. But given Apple's pricing on the Mighty Mouse, at least Logitech is delivering for the money.

    My Apple Bluetooth mouse went bad after about 9 months of use. We disliked it so much we replaced it with something else. Apple's mice are a disgrace.

  1. eddd

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Have to add

    I've been using them (and replacing them) for the full 22 years since the original Mac

  1. psilocybenine

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    portability is the focus

    I have been waiting for a decent bluetooth mouse. I'm sure that G7 is great but I don't want to carry a charger, cables and have some wireless usb adaptor stealing 1 of my 2 total ports!

    Disposable batteries are the only logical choice for a portable mouse. Available everywhere if they die and no charger to carry and you'll be saving an outlet if your using other devices that need them. Bluetooth keeps your precious ports open, imagine having to lug a hub with you?

    As soon as there is room in my bank account and space on a waiting list I'll put my name and card number down for this!

  1. eddd

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I agree

    the USB connection is a drag (for laptops especially), but it's necessary for the ultra-high transmission rates that the G7 has, which gives it its unique feel. I wasn't very enthusiastic about the setup until I had tried it for awhile... I think the moment I was sold was when I first changed the batteries – this was in addition to the other great qualities, but was the moment the light went on.

    But for portability, Bluetooth is ideal (the limited bandwidth makes it less ideal for true high performance). But even there the Mighty Mouse comes up short in its large size. I've had a Kensington mini mouse for some time with my laptop, and the small size really does matter in my gear bag.

    My original point remains... Apple's mice are a weak spot in an incresingly impressive group of wares.

  1. JEB

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    la-zer beam

    I wouldn't let Dr. E-vil get a hold of one of these.

    "...there is reference to the device as a "Class 1 Laser" product..."

    Well, of course, if it's in Government Documentation, then it's a backup Laser for when Godzilla comes back to Tokyo.

    That's all, really, except, uhh -- maybe too bad for Tokyo after all, since the M6 manual is printed in Taiwanese instead.

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