updated 09:40 am EDT, Wed October 21, 2009
Imposes definite deadline on update's release
The forthcoming Mac OS X 10.6.2 update will be required for Magic Mouse compatibility in Snow Leopard, an Apple support document reveals. The mouse's user guide -- quietly published on Apple's website yesterday -- mentions that a "full range of features" will not work without v10.6.2. Leopard users must have a combination Mac OS X 10.5.8 and the unreleased Wireless Mouse Software Update 1.0.
The association of the mouse with v10.6.2 implies a definite timeline for the latter's release. The mouse is expected to ship independently in two to four weeks, and come bundled with new iMacs in roughly the same timeframe. The v10.6.2 update is already in its third developer seed however, and is far enough into testing that it could be publicly released as soon as this week.