Magic Mouse

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Magic Mouse
Magic Mouse.jpg
The Magic Mouse
Release dateOctober 20, 2009; 11 years ago (2009-10-20)
Power2 AA
PredecessorApple Mighty Mouse
SuccessorMagic Mouse 2
Related articlesApple Keyboard
Apple Wireless Keyboard
Apple Battery Charger
WebsiteApple - Magic Mouse

The Magic Mouse is a multi-touch mouse that is manufactured and sold by Apple. [1] It was first sold on October 20, 2009.[2] The Magic Mouse is the first consumer mouse to have multi-touch capabilities.[1] 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. Until 2016, Apple sold a battery charger which could charge two AA batteries, suited for the Magic Mouse. Like its predecessor, the Mighty Mouse, the Magic Mouse is capable of control-clicking without requiring the key combination.[3]

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.[4] 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 trigger Exposé, Dashboard, or Spaces, as its predecessor could, or to middle click.[5] Many of those features can be enabled on the Magic Mouse with the use of third-party tools.[6] Other issues centered on the Magic Mouse's ability to maintain a stable connection to Mac Pro workstations.[7]

Underside, battery compartment of the Magic Mouse


The following are the gestures which can be done using the Magic Mouse. Not all gestures are supported on all operating systems:

  • Click
  • Two-button click
  • 360°-scroll
  • 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.[8] 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.[9] Despite these new features, the Magic Mouse still cannot left- and control-click together.[10][11][12]

Technical specifications[edit]

  • Tracking method: Laser tracking
  • Wireless: Yes
  • Resolution : 1300dpi[13]
  • Mac/PC: Mac & PC
  • Required configuration:
    • Bluetooth-enabled Mac computer
    • Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later with Wireless Mouse Software Update 1.0
  • Size: 115 × 58 × 22 mm
  • Weight: 105 g (including batteries), 99 g for Magic Mouse 2
  • Broadcom BCM2042A4KFBGH bluetooth chip
  • Other information:
    • Multi-touch surface with gesture support
    • Vertical, horizontal, and diagonal 360° scrolling
    • One button ambidextrous & configurable design
    • Laser tracking engine (more versatile—use on almost any surface)
    • Bluetooth connectivity

Operating system support[edit]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Magic Mouse". Apple. Retrieved December 1, 2009.
  2. ^ Topolsky, Joshua (October 20, 2009). "Apple's Magic Mouse: One Button, Multitouch Gestures, Bluetooth, Four-Month Battery Life". Engadget. Retrieved October 25, 2009.
  3. ^ "Apple Magic Mouse review - the cleverest mouse yet?". Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "Magic Mouse". Apple. Retrieved October 25, 2009.
  5. ^ Loyola, Roman (October 21, 2009). "First Look: Apple Magic Mouse". Macworld. Retrieved October 25, 2009.
  6. ^ "Add More Gestures to Magic Mouse". YouTube. Retrieved February 19, 2010.
  7. ^ "Bugs & Fixes: Magic Mouse Loses Its Way".
  8. ^ "Add More Gestures to Magic Mouse". YouTube. Retrieved February 19, 2010.
  9. ^ "Enable Magic Mouse momentum scrolling in Mac OS X 10.5.8". Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  10. ^ "AskDifferent, answers for your Apple questions". Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  11. ^ "Apple's Magic Mouse and pressing left and right buttons together?". Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  12. ^ "Reddit - Does anyone else find the magic mouse absolutely terrible?". Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  13. ^ "Apple Magic Mouse Specifications". Retrieved May 30, 2021.
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Get Apple's MultiTouch Magic Mouse To Play Nice on Windows". UNEASYsilence. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved December 1, 2009.
  16. ^ "HID Changes for 2.6.34 – HID: Add a Device Driver for the Apple Magic Mouse". lkml. Retrieved March 8, 2010.


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