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Apple Releases Multi-Button "Mighty Mouse"

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the now-that-is-freakin'-awesome dept.

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TheRaven64 writes "Hot on the heels of the announcement of x86 Macs, Apple announced a multi-button mouse, known as the Mighty Mouse. It appears that the entire surface is touch-sensitive, allowing the mouse to be programmed as a single-button, multi-button or scrolling device."

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Finally (5, Funny)

RandWalker (903696) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221124)

A zero button mouse from Apple! Truly less is more!

Re:Finally (1)

widget54 (888141) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221249)

Crumbs won't clog my scroll wheel!

Re:Finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13221253)

Buffering Apple-astroturfs ... 5%
Buffering Apple-astroturfs ... 25%
Buffering Apple-astroturfs ... 47%
Buffering Apple-astroturfs ... 64%
Buffering Apple-astroturfs ... 81%
Ok.

Output of 24 Apple-astroturfs below.

Thank you for your interest in Apple-products.
-- taco

Hell... (5, Funny)

jwthompson2 (749521) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221125)

has frozen over and the devil has taken up hockey and ice fishing...

Re:Hell... (1)

iwrasahp (660861) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221179)

It is a sign... the end of the world is at hand. On the bright side, my mac runs much faster with this new mouse installed.

I wonder... (1)

tangledbank (902770) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221127)

...how well Duke Nukem Forever plays on it.

seen it all now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13221128)

multi button mouse for macs?!? after x86?!?!
i have now seen everything, i may rest knowing nirvana. i ca- CARRIER LOST

holy fuck! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13221130)

Innovation!

Retards.

Heeeere I come (1, Funny)

Se7enLC (714730) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221133)

Heeeeere I come, 10 years too laaaaaaate!!

Welcome to the mid 80s with the multi-button mice, apple.

Re:Heeeere I come (1)

macaulay805 (823467) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221270)

Hah, the same thing can also be said for their switch to x86 processors.

Apple Innovates Again (1, Insightful)

fat-latvian (670482) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221135)

It's nice to see that instead of just implementing a typical 2-button mouse with Apple branding, they've actually improved the idea and made a better mouse in the process. Why doesn't this happen in the Windows world?

Re:Apple Innovates Again (1)

Nytewynd (829901) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221177)

You must be kidding us. Apple adds scrolling and an extra button and you think they have innovated? My Logitech mouse at home still blows this one away. It is 11 button, with all of the same stuff and more (except the squeezing).

They made a different mouse, but hardly a better one.

Re:Apple Innovates Again (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13221227)

You stupid idiot! Have you even looked at the mouse? Held it in your hand? Used it?

Shut the fuck up.

Re:Apple Innovates Again (0)

flip-flop (178593) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221269)

You're being sarcastic, right? Why the hell would anyone want to have an 11-button monster pointing device on their desk? More than a few buttons is just silly on a mouse IMHO and in this case "less is more" really does apply.

Re:Apple Innovates Again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13221271)

11 button mouse? Wow I agree with that other guy. You ARE an idiot!

Re:Apple Innovates Again (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13221181)

> Why doesn't this happen in the Windows world?

Don't worry, it will now!

Re:Apple Innovates Again (1)

It doesn't come easy (695416) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221245)

Not sure it is an improvement. I would think that there will be very poor tactile feedback when it comes to clicking a virtual button...

Re:Apple Innovates Again (1)

rokzy (687636) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221267)

maybe that's why it has audible feedback via a small speaker

Welcome to 1986 (2, Insightful)

ChrisF79 (829953) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221136)

It's great that Apple finally came to their senses and created this mouse, but what I thought was really interesting is the fact that they allow you to still program it to use as a one button mouse. They're really holding onto their beliefs that people can only handle one button at a time with this thing. But, if they believe that people want the simplicity of a one button mouse, wouldn't they ship this thing out of the box with only one button functioning? Those people that want the simplicity of a one button mouse surely won't be the ones changing the settings to disable the other buttons. After all, that sounds awfully hard to do!

Re:Welcome to 1986 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13221224)

Note that this mouse does not currently ship with new computers--it has to be purchased separately.

Wow (1)

Work Account (900793) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221137)

First we get announcement of a change to a decent chipset, now multi-function mice, what next, TCP/IP support?! (-;

Heels != Heals (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13221138)

Sure. My story gets rejected, but the one that says "hot on the heals" gets accepted. That's some mighty fine editing.

Gettting cold in here (2, Interesting)

FunWithHeadlines (644929) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221139)

Man, Hell isn't as hot as I was led to believe. Is it getting cold in here or is it just me?

Hey, wait a minute, what will the Apple trolls do? Won't somebody think of the trooooollls?

OK, seriously, I hope this finally ends all the lame "Yeah, but it only got a one-button mouse" idiocy whenever Apple hardware is discussed around here. You always could use a multi-button mouse with OS X. Now you can do it with a shiny new Apple mouse. Let's put these snipes to rest, k?

It isn't touch sensitive, I think (0)

rcs1000 (462363) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221140)

Now, I could be wrong. But RTFA, nowhere does it say touch sensitive. In fact, it's very clear there are a number (four?) of buttons on there, plus it is able to recognise a "rocking" motion.

Nothing too revolutionary, me thinks.

(But hey... this means I can through away my Logitech mouse and use a kewl white one!)

Re:It isn't touch sensitive, I think (4, Informative)

TomHandy (578620) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221160)

When you tell people to RTFA, maybe you might want to do so yourself? Hell, it's in the opening bolded paragraph:

"And with touch-sensitive technology concealed under the seamless top shell, you get the programability of a four-button mouse in a single-button design. "

Re:It isn't touch sensitive, I think (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13221190)

OW! You 0WN3D him!

It's touch-sensitive (1)

pjcreath (513472) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221172)

From the design page [apple.com] :
Thanks to a smooth top shell with touch-sensitive technology beneath, Mighty Mouse allows you to right click without a right button. Capacitive sensors under Mighty Mouse's seamless top shell detect where your fingers are and predict your clicking intentions, so you don't need two buttons -- just two fingers.

Re:It isn't touch sensitive, I think (2, Funny)

Kafka_Canada (106443) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221192)

Maybe you could also start typing with your keyboard instead of your mouse? (Or alternately, buy a mouse with a built-in spellchecker.)

Re:It isn't touch sensitive, I think (1)

ilsie (227381) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221203)

Sorry buddy, but apparently you did not RTFA. From TFA:

"And with touch-sensitive technology concealed under the seamless top shell, you get the programability of a four-button mouse in a single-button design. Click, roll, squeeze and scroll."

Re:It isn't touch sensitive, I think (1)

R.D.Olivaw (826349) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221211)

You are indeed wrong. A quick search through TFA shows that it is touch-sensitive.

"Touch-sensitive technology under Mighty Mouse's seamless top shell detect where you're clicking"

Re:It isn't touch sensitive, I think (1)

Fahrvergnuugen (700293) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221223)

It is touch sensitive.

From Apple's site:

"Thanks to a smooth top shell with touch-sensitive technology beneath, Mighty Mouse allows you to right click without a right button. Capacitive sensors under Mighty Mouse's seamless top shell detect where your fingers are and predict your clicking intentions, so you don't need two buttons -- just two fingers."

plus it is able to recognise a "rocking" motion. (2, Funny)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221236)

plus it is able to recognise a "rocking" motion.
... Apple's FINALLY going where the money is - interactive pr0n!!!

Re:It isn't touch sensitive, I think (1)

conigs (866121) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221244)

From the second page [apple.com] :

Thanks to a smooth top shell with touch-sensitive technology beneath, Mighty Mouse allows you to right click without a right button.

Many times, RTFA-ing might mean clicking beyond the first page.
I don't know about this though... I'm not to keen on having a touch sensitive button, but I'll hold off judgement until I can get my hands on one in an Apple store.

Re:It isn't touch sensitive, I think (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13221247)

>>RTFA, nowhere does it say touch sensitive>>

Uh, www.apple.com. Front page. Third line. First phrase.

Apple owns my soul (1)

imsoclever (901691) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221141)

Do I need one? No. Will I buy one? Oh god yes.

Holy crap!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13221145)

Hell just froze over!!!

First an Intel based Mac and now a multi-buttoned mouse. What's next, OS XI cloning Long Horn???

Maybe I'm just oldschool... (3, Interesting)

pVoid (607584) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221147)

But I hate touch sensitive input devices which provide absolutely no feedback. Apple should know this from their own iPods. Gen 3 was fully touch sensitive, gen 4 has embedded buttons that go "click" to give you feedback that you've actually pressed the thing.

As gentle as it might be, the hand always recognizes the threshold of 'clicking' a button, but I find that it's practically impossible to tell if you've clicked a touch sensitive surface or not.

All of that, IMHO. I wouldn't go gaga over this mouse.

Re:Maybe I'm just oldschool... (1)

QueenOfSwords (179856) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221196)

Its got a speaker, probably much like the iPod one, for click feedback.

Built-in speaker clicks (1)

Judge_Fire (411911) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221204)

"But I hate touch sensitive input devices which provide absolutely no feedback. "

The mouse provides feedback 'clicks' and 'rolls' using a built-in speaker.

They should, of course, add a microphone for speech recognition. 'Computer...'

J

Re:Maybe I'm just oldschool... (1)

MustardMan (52102) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221214)

From the Apple website...
You'll Really Click
Touch-sensitive technology under Mighty Mouse's seamless top shell detect where you're clicking, transforming your sleek, one-button mouse into a two-button wonder. But the innovation doesn't end there. Apple engineers added force-sensing buttons on either side of Mighty Mouse that let you squeeze the mouse between your thumb and finger, activating Mac OS X Tiger Dashboard, Exposé or a whole host of other, customizable features -- instantly.


It sounds to me like the mouse will use the "whole-body" click method, and use the touch sensors to detect which side you pressed down on. I still think the design is kind of agains the apple philosophy, because by making two buttons that LOOK like one button, they are giving an avenue for confusion for the newbie user. Then again, this mouse will probably remain an optional upgrade for "advanced" users

There's a little feedback (4, Informative)

pjcreath (513472) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221225)

It sounds like the clicky noises on the iPod don't do it for you, but they at least did the same thing here. In small print on the side of the design page [apple.com] , it says that "a tiny speaker inside Mighty Mouse produces button-clicking and Scroll Ball-rolling sound effects."

Not quite as good as tactile feedback, but definitely better than none.

Re:Maybe I'm just oldschool... (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221241)

This mouse makes clicking sounds when you press it...much in the way the iPod scroll wheel doesn't move, but still makes clicking sounds.

There is feedback. Sort of. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13221243)

It makes sounds for both "clicking" and scrolling.

But yeah, I agree. I wanted to buy the 3G iPod, but the touch sensitive interface seemed really stupid.

I waited and got a mini instead.

Re:Maybe I'm just oldschool... (1)

mederjo (899667) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221255)

The design page [apple.com] says it has a little speaker to provide audible feedback. How exactly that would compare with tactile feedback I'm not sure.

oh thats brilliant.... (1, Informative)

AviLazar (741826) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221148)

no not really, considering my fingers rest on my mouse (ever so lightly). Now a touch mouse? Bad enough that touchpad on my dell laptop always gets hit by the underside of my thumb.
Just make a freaking normal mouse people.

Re:oh thats brilliant.... (0)

daveschroeder (516195) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221188)

It is not a touch mouse.

As with most stories here, the submission is wrong.

The mouse body rocks, just as Apple's current mouse does. The clicks are audible and tactile, and it is NOT "touch sensitive".

Re:oh thats brilliant.... (1)

Knytefall (7348) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221280)

Sorry, but this is a rare, correct submission.

"Capacitive sensors under Mighty Mouse's seamless top shell detect where your fingers are and predict your clicking intentions, so you don't need two buttons"

http://www.apple.com/mightymouse/design.html [apple.com] - also note the picture of the sensors. The site is filled with references to this thing not having buttons. The audible clicks come from "a tiny speaker inside Mighty Mouse [that] produces button-clicking and Scroll Ball-rolling sound effects."

The scroll-ball effects sound obnoxious, and the interface screenshots show no way to turn them off. Hmm. Soldering-iron?

Mighty Mouse? (1)

Now15 (9715) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221149)

Mighty Mouse? That name sounds too cheesy to be an Apple product, don't you think? No pun intended, of course.

No more trolling... (-1)

wild_berry (448019) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221152)

I hand in my links to Netcraft, jokes about Soviet Russia, lines about how my Pentium II at home is faster copying files and go check my e-mail at OldSouthKorean.net. :-(

surely..... (0, Offtopic)

xao gypsie (641755) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221153)

....it must be a sign of teh apocalypse. RUN! before the Christian rights tells us they told us so!!!

lawsuits!! (1)

StarvingSE (875139) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221157)

Think the creators of this Mighty Mouse will let Apple cash in on their name???

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0161170/ [imdb.com]

Re:lawsuits!! (1)

TylerL82 (617087) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221195)

I think they already did.
At the bottom of http://www.apple.com/mightymouse/ [apple.com] :

Mighty Mouse © Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Re:lawsuits!! (1)

regcrusher (796922) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221210)

At the bottom of TFA, there IS a copyright disclaimer... "Mighty Mouse © Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved."

Re:lawsuits!! (1)

Schlaefer (673275) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221262)

At the bottom of the apple page it says: Mighty Mouse © Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. So I think they are aware of it.

4 horsemen of the apocolypse (1)

shaen (862990) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221158)

1. Apple switches to intel 2. Apple releases 2 button mouse 3. ???? 4. ????

Re:4 horsemen of the apocolypse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13221235)

3. SCO releases a REAL product
4. MS creates linux distro

Re:4 horsemen of the apocolypse (1)

metamatic (202216) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221275)

1. Apple switches to Intel.
2. Apple releases multi-button mouse.
3. Apple releases tablet format computer.
4. Apple releases PDA/phone.

I certainly hope so, anyway.

prior art (1)

iggymanz (596061) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221161)

I think TerryToons [toonopedia.com] should sue Apple's ass off

How much you wanna bet he's already (1)

crovira (10242) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221276)

gotten his lawyers to look into it. (He IS a media mogul already. I'm sure some deal had already been struck if a deal was required)

BEFORE YOU START MAKING THE WRONG COMMENTS (1)

iibbmm (723967) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221162)

The mouse is just like the old Mac mice, the entire shell 'CLICKS' The top is touch sensitive, but only to sense WHAT finger you used to depress the shell. You cannot 'click' by resting your finger on the top of the mouse. The being said, the little wheel looks like it would be a major pain. I'm sure they've figured it out, so I'll be proven wrong, but it would be easy to scroll to the side by accident with a wheel.

OMG!!! (0, Offtopic)

neonenergy (888041) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221164)

...YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!

Marketing (1)

ihatewinXP (638000) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221167)

I think releasing a multi-button Apple styled mouse is going to be good press for them.

Much better press than they recieved yesterday implementing Intels DRM scheme.

Kinda coincidental release - dontcha think?

Re:Marketing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13221248)

Kinda coincidental release - dontcha think?

No, not really.

Things Steve would NEVER do (1)

amdg (614020) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221171)

Scratch that off the list of things Steve Jobs would never do! First they announce they are going to use Intel CPUs [apple.com] , now this. What's next a Video iPod [macrumors.com] ?

Re:Things Steve would NEVER do (1)

hab136 (30884) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221257)

Jobs: Oh noes! The Reality Distortion Field is fading! Scotty, do something quick!

Scotty: Cap'n! She canna take any more!

Jobs: Khaaaaaaaaaan!

What will they do next? (1)

alvinrod (889928) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221176)

First Mac fanatics believed that Apple would never use Intel processors.

Then they said Apple would keep the one button mouse for ever.

It seems like every month now that Apple is turning the world upside down. This certainly seems like something strange and new to me. Does anyone know if anything like this has been done before?

At the rate they're going it makes me wonder what radical type of product or strange new feature they'll come out with next.

Let me be the first (err, second) to say... (0)

NickCatal (865805) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221178)

that hell has officially frozen over.. Not because of the mouse. Rather, because 30 comments on slashdot are about to state that exact fact...

the true mighty mouse (1)

Ostien (893052) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221180)

Here I come to save the day! That means that Mighty Mouse is on the way!

Looks pretty good (1)

dave-tx (684169) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221185)

OK, this is pretty interesting - and about time that Apple came out with a multibutton solution. Provided that it's durable enough to last a few years, this seems like a pretty good product. I wonder how it will feel when clicking on a button that doesn't actually click. I think the tactile feedback is something we've all grown accustomed to.

I'm not thrilled that you need Tiger to get full functionality out of it, but I'm not surprised, either.

I guess my only question is - when is a bluetooth version coming out?

At $49.. (2, Funny)

Ga_101 (755815) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221187)

I'd rather have a Danger Mouse [amazon.com] or two...

Hacks (1)

Now15 (9715) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221197)

I wonder how long till someone does a hack to turn the scroll ball into a fully fledged trackball?

Then you could reserve moving the mouse for... umm... scrolling?

Looks nice (1)

Knome_fan (898727) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221198)

Even though there are a lot of things I don't like about Apple, they sure know how to make hardware that looks stylish.

Anyway, I'm really looking forward to the posts by our resident Apple fans who used to explain us in every discussion that having a one button mouse is the only sensible thing to have when it comes to usability, on exactly why now having five buttons is the only way to go.

But as they have already mastered the switch to Intel and the introduction of DRM so well I'm confident they will succeed again.

Tactile feedback? (1)

coolfrood (459411) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221199)

I wonder if the clicks have tactile feedback? They say that the mouse has a speaker which will create the sound of a click, but without the tactile feedback of clicking, it just won't feel right. The whole sound hack seems as cheesy as digital cameras making the fake shutter sound when taking a photo.

Won't shut the trolls up yet... (1)

phillymjs (234426) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221200)

...because it's not the standard bundled mouse with their desktop systems. I just checked, and it's not even a BTO option to replace the one-button mouse.

I'd bet, however, that once this has been around for a little while, they'll get manufacturing costs down and it will become the standard bundled mouse.

And when they do that, the smart move IMHO would be for new systems to be configured out of the box to still see the mouse as one-button (for the n00bs), and let those who want more functionality enable the features themselves. Or maybe have the Setup Assistant ask you your preference.

~Philly

Mighty Mouse (0)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221201)

Good grief. It's a retarded (but very pretty) trackball. How about making the ball big enough to use, and do away with the need to drag it all over the desk?

Re:Mighty Mouse (1)

TomHandy (578620) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221246)

Huh? No, it isn't. If they wanted to just make it a trackball, they would have done that. The trackball is used for moving the mouse. This, on the other hand, is for scrolling - with more freedom of movement then just vertical or horizontal scrolling.

IBM like nub (1)

acomj (20611) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221205)

My favorite mouse has a nub (pressure sensative Joystick used on thinkpads. They don't make them any more. I liked it for the multi directional scrolling. Glad the idea didn't die completely..

No tactile feedback? (1)

lastchance_000 (847415) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221206)

I have a big problem with the lack of real buttons - I much prefer having the feedback of an actual switch to depress. Touch sensitive devices rarely are the right sensitivity (to me, at least) to reject false 'clicks'.

Hopefully, they've managed to get it right, but I'm doubtful. For a company whose products depend so strongly on the mouse, Apple does seem to have a hard time getting that component right.

Mighty Mouse? (1)

W3BMAST3R101 (904060) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221209)

Nice to see Apple has decided to correct their grammar, instead of calling this the iMouse. ;-)

Apple releases multiple button mouse. (1)

ek_adam (442283) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221212)

Are we sure someone isn't releasing an April Fool's joke a few months late?

First the switch to Intel and now this. What's next, the return of the Newton?

Apple gnomes... (1)

Hackyourmacaroni (718792) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221213)

1. Apple switches to intel 2. Apple releases 2 button mouse 3. ???? 4. Profit!

Stupid Apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13221221)

Only one touch sensitive surface? Laaaame!!

;^)

Monty Burns approves. (1)

gelfling (6534) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221226)

Next up Windows Aqua. A new multimedia flavor of Windows geared to the multimedia afficionado who used to struggle with Apple. Coming from WilliamSoft in 2007.

Ok they are just laughing at us now (1)

thatguywhoiam (524290) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221229)

Anyone else burst out laughing when they saw this?

I mean, I'll reserve judgement until I have actually tried one... but methinks Apple is just mocking us.

You will never get a multibutton mouse!! Never!! You will get a... squeezable... rocking... scroll-locking.... oblong pointer... that folds into.... origami.... white...

Ordered one minutes before this article (1)

rokzy (687636) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221232)

it's a single-button mouse with multi-button functionality, so hell hasn't quite frozen over but the weather reports certainly are confusing.

MMMMMM Gunpowder (1)

Evilhomer2300 (900004) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221233)

This is a good idea, however, some people are still going to want to use the pill mouse, that one button big thing. If they still are going to use it, will it be supported by Apple, or are they going to just have to bite the bullet? More money for apple maybe? Someone gave their three cents earlier, well, I have 26 of em', all in pennies. Here you go apple, take it and RUN!

Hubris, Apple style (1)

ctid (449118) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221234)

So after twenty years of denying the bleedin' obvious, Apple has responded to crticism that one mouse button is not enough by producing a mouse with no buttons at all?! Way to isolate the rest of the world, Apple!

It's at times like this... (1)

alanQuatermain (840239) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221240)

...that I'm really glad my wife works approximately thirty seconds away from the Apple Store at Yorkdale :o)

-Q

PS: Check whether it's in stock at your local Apple store here [apple.com] .

Single clicking shell is a bad idea (1)

vectorian798 (792613) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221242)

Having only a single shell clicking is a bad idea - I mean having a much more clear-cut outline would be more convenient rather than relying on some underlying touch-sensitive detector to figure out where we clicked from.

The mouse may be sleek, it may have the mark of Apple written all over it, but come on to match the functionality of my regular (meaning non-Apple) optical mouse it has to have some clear cut dividers with separate RESPONSE!

hot on the heels? (1)

illtron (722358) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221250)

So "hot on the heels" apparently means "two months later?" Where do you people get your cliches? The Intel announcement was June 6. Today is August 2. Jesus, people. Stop trying to talk like you're some kind of wannabe PR student and submit stories like a normal person. At least you didn't include the obligatory rhetorical Slashdot idiot question? Yeah, that question mark was intentional. While I'm at it, I might as well say that I'm a big Apple fanboy, and I have to let it be known that anybody who buys a mouse for $50 is a god damn idiot, especially when the mouse isn't bluetooth.

Technical specs (1)

dereklam (621517) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221254)

For this crowd, the story should have linked to Apple's technical specs [apple.com] page.

"Click" "Squeeze" "Rolls" "Scroll" (0)

Zemplar (764598) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221256)

Is it just me, or does that button look like another biological button that most men already have trouble with? Especially nerds!

Disclaimer: Most of the nerds here probably don't even know what I'm referring to.

Damn! That pig's flyin' low! (0)

wiredog (43288) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221258)

Blizzards in hell, Dubya announces Iraq War A Mistake and apologies, etc. etc. etc.

Run, don't walk (1)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221259)

to the neared Apple store so that you can buy one of these. Take your old $50 cordless nuclear vibrating Hello Kitty mouse and throw it away. Buy a new mouse, making sure to discard all the plastic packaging in the nearest landfill. Help ensure that the Chinese government stays in the black by consuming the latest trendware. Then, simultaneously, lord it over your friends that you are a fanboy, and vote for someone who will improve the balance of trade with the enemy, who incidentally is a nation of murderous rogues.

As long as hell is freezing over (1)

sl3xd (111641) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221260)

Why chouldn't they mention this when they announced the move to Intel chips?

Would it be compatible with PC? (1)

ID000001 (753578) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221266)

If so I might be interested in a touch sensitive mouse too!

Ok, some corrections (0)

daveschroeder (516195) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221274)

First of all, the scroll ball is not a "nipple" or an IBM ThinkPad-style eraserhead. It's a scroll ball. Its behavior probably has some intelligence such that there is a reasonably high threshold that has to be crossed before it will start scrolling diagonal or sideways when used for conventional vertical scrolling. Anyone arguing for less functionality here (e.g., vertical-only scrolling - which, frankly, you can probably program the damned thing to do - looks foolish). In fact, upon using it, most people will wonder why in the hell it took Apple - AGAIN - to innovate in something as simple as a mouse.

Second, it is NOT "touch sensitive"! There are real, physical microswitches that have an audible and tactile feature when clicked, just like any other mouse. The mouse body rocks when depressed in a particular direction, and the appropriate button is clicked. I haven't used this mouse yet, but knowing Apple's second-to-none engineering and industrial design, and with knowledge of Apple's current similar Pro Mouse, it will be very unlikely that you can "accidentally" click, or click the wrong button. Or, to but it another way: it would be just as likely as it is on any other mouse. And no, it won't accidentally click if you rest your palm on the mouse. The bottom half of the mouse doesn't respond (or, more accurately, the mouse responds less and less to the same pressure as the point the pressure is applied moves further away from the optimal locations).

Third, yes, it's not wireless. Woo. Expect a Bluetooth version soon.

Fourth, if you think it's ugly, don't buy it. Use any of the other extremely numerous USB and Bluetooth mice you've always been able to use.

smoking weed (0)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 9 years ago | (#13221279)

Time is round. Space is curved. Why should your mouse be linear? - I can see it now, Steve Jobs and a bunch of applers are sitting in a circle, passing the bong and having a design discussion.

Jobs: Guys, can you believe it, my hands are ginormous!

Dude-1: dude! You need a big mouse to fill those hands!

Dude-2: yeeeaahh.

Jobs: Oh. Yes. I can speak. Like that guy. On Star Wars. No. Treck Wars. No.

Dude-3: aaaaah.

Jobs: A mouse. With one. Button. Insane.

Dude-1: but I saw a mouse in my dream. It had two buttons.

Jobs: BLASPHEMER! There is no such number as two.

Dude-1: it was a beautiful mouse. White fur and a long tail. I caught it and squeezed it soooo...

Dude-2: wait a moment. IDEA! Make a squeezible mouse.

Jobs: So. We make a mouse with one, (long look at the first dude,) with one button but it is also squeezible. Oh man, that is like Insanely Great!

Dude-2: dude, you are a craaazy genius.

Jobs: I know. I know.

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