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Update: Magic Mouse may be replaced with new model

updated 12:10 am EDT, Fri August 5, 2011

Not discontinued as was claimed earlier

A further follow-up from other sources has produced evidence that Apple may simply be upgrading the Magic Mouse to a newer model rather than discontinuing it as earlier claims had said. A new Magic Mouse model could offer upgraded Bluetooth connectivity (to version 4.0) and better support for Lion-oriented gestures, Cult of Mac is reporting.

The initial reports may have simply been based on incomplete information that showed that the part number for the Magic Mouse had been discontinued -- but Apple traditionally does not discontinue part numbers entirely, and instead revises them (sometimes adding a "/B" or similar to an existing part) to indicate an upgraded revision. Although many Magic Trackpad users have reported that they find themselves abandoning traditional mice -- and the fact that Apple now offers a mouse-less option for new iMacs -- it may have been premature to conclude that Apple was discontinuing the Magic Mouse entirely.

Apple is, however, known to occasionally be overzealous in embracing change -- the decision to sell Lion as a download-only upgrade has met with some resistance from customers, as has the lack of backup media. The company has announced that it will soon release a version of Lion on a USB thumb drive that doesn't require a Snow Leopard install for $69 -- a $39 premium over the upgrade version of Lion -- but has left new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air buyers without any easy way to create or restore a failed hard drive.

Eventually, however, precision pointing devices like mouses could become the domain primarily of gamers and professionals, with trackpads becoming the norm for even desktop consumer machines as the idea of gestures spreads to Windows. Some companies, such as Google with its Chrome browser, have been incorporating and expanding multi-touch gesture support for some time prior to Lion's arrival. [via Source]






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  1. imNat-imadouche

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    I have to say,

    the magic mouse is a beauty to behold but s*** when it comes to real world use

  1. sibir

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Google with its Firefox browser?

    What is the expertise of macnn writers?

  1. chas_m

    Joined:

    +2

    Disagree

    I was highly suspicious of it when I bought it -- nothing wrong with my old mouse, IMO -- but after a day or two I wouldn't trade this Magic Mouse for a hundred free ones. It is a hugely productive device that has really improved my computer work.

    Having said that, from a gamer perspective I could see your point. I had a little trouble with it in InDesign until I turned off the horizontal scrolling control and did that manually. Otherwise, I think you're off-base.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Time for a better Magic Mouse

    I really like the current Magic Mouse, but it's fallen behind the times. The new Lion multi-touch gestures just can't be done with 2 fingers. Even the 3 and 2 finger Leopard / Snow Leopard gestures need to be translated to 2 and 1 finger gestures for the Magic Mouse.

    Time for a bigger magic mouse that can do 3 finger gestures. I suspect that's one reason why Lion doesn't have any L / SL 4 finger gestures. So you will be able to do all Lion gestures on Magic Trackpad as well as Magic Mouse.

  1. vintagegeek

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Love IT!

    I really like my Magic Mouse. 1st Apple Mouse I truly use. The on-service swipe is terrific.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Better design

    The ergonomics of the Magic Mouse could be better, but with no little marble to get gunked up, it works great. I use one at work and with several personal computers.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Gee....

    Guess I'm so far behind the times. Me using my original mouse that came with my PowerMac G5, with it's superior single button. Oh, wait, one button was only superior when Apple didn't do right-click and all.

    Amazing how we heard about how all those multi-function/multi-button mice were just ever confusing and hard for users to use, but somehow the 'magic' mouse (man, can apple be any more immature with it's naming?) with it's non-button right-click and multiple gestures is a no-brainer device. Yea....

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