Apple USB Mouse
Original Bondi Blue Apple USB Mouse
|Predecessor||Apple Desktop Bus Mouse|
|Successor||Apple Pro Mouse|
The Apple USB Mouse, commonly called "Hockey puck" (so called because of its unusual round shape), is a mouse released by Apple Inc. It was first released when it was included with the Bondi Blue iMac G3 in 1998 and included with all successive desktop Macs for the next two years. It was the first commercially released Apple mouse to use the USB connection format and not the Apple Desktop Bus (ADB). It is widely considered one of Apple's worst mistakes.
Design and criticism
Unlike the Mouse II that preceded it, the "hockey puck" mouse used a circular shape; it has a single mouse button located at the top, like previous Apple Mice. The mouse's round shape is widely considered clumsy, due to its small size and tendency to rotate in use. This was a major cause for the success of the Griffin iMate ADB to USB adapters, as they allowed the older, more comfortable ADB Mouse II to be used with those iMacs. Later revisions included a shallow indentation on the front of the button, but this was not enough to prevent a flood of third-party products like the iCatch, a shell that attached to the USB mouse to give it the ADB mouse's elliptical shape.
Another flaw introduced in the Apple USB Mouse, shared across all of Apple's USB offerings, is the atypically short cord. Though intended for use through the integrated hub in Apple's keyboards, Apple's transition to USB coincided with the relocation of ports on their notebooks from the center to the left edge.
In 2000, the Apple USB Mouse was replaced with the Apple Pro Mouse.
|Bondi Blue||iMac G3|
|Blueberry||iMac G3 and Power Mac G3 Blue and White|
|Graphite||iMac G3 Special Edition and Power Mac G4|
- Gardiner, Bryan (January 24, 2008). "Learning From Failure: Apple's Most Notorious Flops". Wired News. Retrieved January 23, 2008.
- Gravley, Nancy Carroll (August 23, 2000). "Review - Still Have An iPuck? iCatch Makes The Round Mouse Usable". MacObserver.com. The Mac Observer. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
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