The Magic Mouse
|Release date||October 20, 2009|
|Predecessor||Apple Mighty Mouse|
|Related articles||Apple Keyboard
Apple Wireless Keyboard
|Website||Apple - Magic Mouse|
The Magic Mouse is a multi-touch mouse manufactured and sold by Apple. It was first sold on October 20, 2009. The Magic Mouse is the first consumer mouse to have multi-touch capabilities. Taking after the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and multi-touch trackpads, the Magic Mouse allows the use of gestures such as swiping and scrolling across the top surface of the mouse to interact with desktop computers. It connects via Bluetooth and runs on two AA batteries. Apple includes two non-rechargeable batteries in the box. Just like the predecessor, the Mighty Mouse, the Magic Mouse is capable of right-clicking.
The mouse requires minimum Mac OS X 10.5.8. It can be configured as a two-buttoned left-handed or right-handed mouse, but the default is a single button. It uses laser tracking for increased pointer accuracy over previous generation Apple mice. Since its release, it has been included along with a wireless keyboard with the 2009 generation of iMacs, and with a wired keyboard with the 2010 Mac Pro workstations. It can also be purchased separately.
Initial reception to the Magic Mouse was negative, with reactions to its inability to perform simple day-to-day functions such as the ability to middle click (without any additional software), or trigger Exposé, Dashboard, or Spaces, features that had been offered by its predecessor. Many of those features can be enabled on the Magic Mouse with the use of third-party tools.
In 2009 several Mac news sites reported that the Magic Mouse had issues with maintaining a stable connection to Mac Pro workstations.
Not all gestures are supported on all operating systems:
- Two-button click
- Screen zoom
- Screen pan
- Two-finger swipe
- One-finger swipe
- Two-finger double tap
- One-finger double tap
Gestures can be customized and new ones can be added via third-party software. Inertia scrolling is said to be available in Snow Leopard only after installing a software update, but it could also be enabled in Leopard with a terminal command. Despite these new features, the Magic Mouse still cannot left- and right-click together.
Operating system support
- Mac OS X v10.5.8, v10.6.1 or later with Wireless Mouse Software Update 1.0. This update is essential for the Magic Mouse to work.
- Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista using Boot Camp tools under Mac OS X. To work with Windows 7, Mac OS X Lion is required as the latest drivers are available only with a version of Boot Camp that is installable on Mac OS X Lion.
- Extracted from Boot Camp native Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 drivers, 32‑bit and 64‑bit (not supported by Apple).
- Linux as of kernel 2.6.34-rc1
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