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.