Magic Mouse

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Magic Mouse
Magic Mouse.jpg
The Magic Mouse
Manufacturer Apple
Type Mouse
Release date October 20, 2009 (2009-10-20)
Discontinued October 13, 2015 (2015-10-13)
Connectivity Bluetooth
Power 2 AA
Predecessor Apple Mighty Mouse
Successor Magic Mouse 2
Related articles Apple Keyboard
Apple Wireless Keyboard
Website Apple - Magic Mouse

The Magic Mouse is a multi-touch mouse 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. Just like the predecessor, the Mighty Mouse, the Magic Mouse is capable of right-clicking.[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 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.[5] Many of those features can be enabled on the Magic Mouse with the use of third-party tools.[6]

Underside of the Magic Mouse

In 2009 several Mac news sites reported that the Magic Mouse had issues with maintaining a stable connection to Mac Pro workstations.[7]


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.[6] 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.[8] Despite these new features, the Magic Mouse still cannot left- and right-click together.[9][10][11]

Technical Specifications[edit]


  • Optical: Laser tracking
  • Wireless: Yes
  • 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 x 58 x 22mm
  • Weight: 105g (including batteries), 99g for Magic Mouse 2
  • 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]

  • 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).[13]
  • Linux as of kernel 2.6.34-rc1[14]


The Magic Mouse 2 has come under fire for the location of its charging port as it cannot be used whilst charging. The magic mouse 2 has a non replacable lithium ion battery and is charged via lightning cable.[15]

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 8 October 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. ^ a b "Add More Gestures to Magic Mouse". YouTube. Retrieved February 19, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Bugs & Fixes: Magic Mouse Loses Its Way". 
  8. ^ "Enable Magic Mouse momentum scrolling in Mac OS X 10.5.8". Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "AskDifferent, answers for your Apple questions". Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Apple's Magic Mouse and pressing left and right buttons together?". Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Reddit - Does anyone else find the magic mouse absolutely terrible?". Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Paper documentation included with mouse.
  13. ^ "Get Apple's MultiTouch Magic Mouse To Play Nice on Windows". UNEASYsilence. Retrieved December 1, 2009. 
  14. ^ "HID Changes for 2.6.34 – HID: Add a Device Driver for the Apple Magic Mouse". lkml. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  15. ^ "The Sad Reality of the Magic Mouse 2". Gizmodo. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 


External links[edit]

  1. ^ "The Sad Reality of the Magic Mouse 2". Gizmodo. Retrieved 9 December 2015.