Slew of products said to be launched Tuesday
Daring Fireball blogger John Gruber and "Fake Steve Jobs" blogger Dan Lyons both suggest Apple is ready to launch new products tomorrow. Lyons claims there is "something brewing" for a news announcement tomorrow, although he declined to provide specific details on the products.
Apple may have to change mouse name
Years after having taken both Apple and CBS to court, Man & Machine has announced that it has at last been awarded registration of the "Mighty Mouse" trademark. The small accessory maker previously filed a 14-page complaint, claiming it had developed a desktop waterproof mouse under the same name over a year prior to the debut of Apple's product. The company also accused Apple of intentionally buying up search keywords for the phrase "Mighty Mouse," which further diverted people from finding their Mighty Mouse model or its website.
Could arrive as soon as 2009
The Mighty Mouse could receive "significant" changes in the near future, possibly by the end of the year in order to coincide with new iMacs, a report claims. Authors cite sources saying the current version of the mouse is on a two-week backorder through at least one of Apple's direct fulfillment channels. The situation is unusual, given otherwise uninterrupted supply over the course of the past two years.
DealNN deals MacMini
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Apple deals MacBook
Reconditioned MacBooks in multiple configurations are now available at Apple's online store. Two models in white with similar specifications are $949, they both have 1GB of memory and 120GB hard drives, one has a 2.1GHz processor and a Combo drive and the other has a 2.16GHz processor with 8x SuperDrive. A black 2.4GHz option can also be found with 2GB of memory and 250GB hard drive for $1,299. All MacBooks have 13 inch widescreen displays and include built-in iSight webcam, wireless, and Bluetooth.
Apple mice w/optical pads?
Future mice from Apple may incorporate optical scrollwheels, a new patent application suggests. Simply entitled Mouse having an optically-based scrolling feature, the application depicts a mouse similar to Apple's current Mighty Mouse, but with an oval trackpad in place of the current mechanical ball unit. According to Apple this is not only more aesthetically pleasing, but more intuitive, as it requires no force to scroll or click, and it becomes obvious that people can scroll both horizontally and vertically.
Apple 'Mighty Mouse' suit
Apple is facing a new lawsuit over its Mighty Mouse peripheral, reports say. The case was filed in Greenbelt, Maryland by a company called Man & Machine, which is accusing Apple of violating a trademark associated with its own Mighty Mouse device, an optical mouse designed to be waterproof and chemical-resistant for use in environments such as labs and hospitals. Crucially, M&M began selling its product in 2004, over a year before Apple's device went on the market.