Without much fanfare, Apple this morning announced the Magic Mouse, “the world’s first multi-touch mouse.” Taking cues from the iPhone and MacBook track pad, the Magic Mouse takes advantage of multi-touch technology to deliver much more control than was possible with buttons and a scroll wheel. Instead the seamless surface reads gestures of one and two fingers to provide functionality. Hold down the control key on your keyboard, and you’ll enable even more multi-touch commands.
From Apple’s website:
The Multi-Touch area covers the top surface of Magic Mouse, and the mouse itself is the button. Scroll in any direction with one finger, swipe through web pages and photos with two, and click and double-click anywhere. Inside Magic Mouse is a chip that tells it exactly what you want to do. Which means Magic Mouse won’t confuse a scroll with a swipe. It even knows when you’re just resting your hand on it.
Very cool stuff. The Magic Mouse also features laser tracking that Apple claims is “… far more sensitive and responsive on more surfaces than traditional optical tracking,” and connects to your iMac or MacBook/Pro via Bluetooth (secure connection of up to 33 feet). The mouse will ship with all new iMacs, but I’m betting a lot of MacBook owners will picking one up separately. I use an external keyboard with my MacBook at my desk, and I hate losing the multi-touch functionality of the track pad. The ability to get some of that back with the mouse will be awesome.
Via system preferences, you’ll be able to disable whatever commands you don’t like, and as with all recent Apple mouse devices, the Magic Mouse has 100% ambidextrous design. Lefties are just as welcome to the magic as are righties.
The Magic Mouse requires a Bluetooth-enabled Mac computer, Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later with Wireless Mouse Software Update 1.0, and existing keyboard and mouse for setup. It’s available now online for $69 with a shipping estimate of 5 to 7 business days. We’ll have a hands-on up at Appletell very soon, so be sure to check back with us.
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