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Apple Magic Mouse exploits multi-touch technology

updated 12:50 pm EDT, Tue October 20, 2009

New standard controller for iMacs

Apple has confirmed the existence of the Magic Mouse, a new Mac controller. The device is said to borrow the multi-touch technology used in iPhones and MacBooks, eliminating the need for a scrollwheel, as well as any mechanical buttons. Users instead perform various taps and swiping gestures, which execute configurable controls.

The device correspondingly uses a new, flatter design. It also connects to a computer wirelessly through Bluetooth, with a maximum range of 33 feet. Because it relies on two AA batteries, the mouse switches into a low-power mode whenever it detects inactivity.

The Magic Mouse requires Mac OS X 10.5.8, and is scheduled to ship in late October at a cost of $69. It is also the default controller for Apple's new 21.5- and 27-inch iMacs, replacing the Mighty Mouse.




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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -16

    Wonder

    How well it deals with minor movements and inadvertent taps. Unless I'm the only one who has hyperactive fingers when using a mouse.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +17

    wonder

    why you care. just yesterday you were going on and on about the name. since it bothers you so much i'd assumed you wouldn't be caught dead using one.

    hyperactive fingers eh? use something else then.

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  1. deanmale2001

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -15

    Same Basic Shape

    Hint: Get one that fits in the palm of your hand. For a company so good at design how can they keep missing the boat on a simple mouse?

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  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -14

    voting down

    I'm guessing that the people voting down negative mouse comments are unfamiliar with Apple's lonnnngg history of sucky mice! It seems that a lot of the current Apple fanbois have less hair where it matters than these mice!

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Check it.

    Rumor has it that they actually have a windows driver for this thing. That might be enough to shill out the $70 and use it at work as well. hmmm.

    From what reviews sites are saying it seems to be a pretty nice mouse, with just a little getting used to. The one thing I can't figure out is whether or not the thing actually depresses when you push a button. My only gripe with the Mighty Mouse has been the resistance in that area and slower clicking speeds.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    Re: check it

    From what Apple's site says, it has no physical buttons (because we all know the one bad thing about all mice is the physical buttons). So my guess is that it doesn't go up/down at all.

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -12

    Re: wonder

    why you care. just yesterday you were going on and on about the name. since it bothers you so much i'd assumed you wouldn't be caught dead using one.

    Yes, because a complaint on the name is the one thing that keeps everyone from using anything. (Well, I guess for the fanboys, it does. You know, the people who'll buy a Dell monitor but are so offended at seeing the logo they put black tape over it.).

    But it is a question that many people would like to have an answer to, no? Or, as I say, am I the only one whose fingers are not perfectly still when using a mouse?

    hyperactive fingers eh? use something else then.

    Which I do now (since I don't have one of these) and would do if it were a problem.

    But I love how a question on how it works is taken so nastily by some people.

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +15

    WTF?

    "Apple has confirmed the existence"

    You mean, "Apple has released..."

    Is MacNN a spy network? Your choice of language is baffling.

  1. MiMiC

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Expose?

    Does this Magic Mouse still have Expose functionality?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -8

    Re: Expose

    No expose. And it doesn't look like the gestures are 'programmable' at all, either.

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