Apple Unveils the Multi-Touch Magic Mouse


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You’ve got to give credit to Apple for keeping internal product development details locked down. It was just the beginning of this month that everyone on the Net became privy to the news that Microsoft had a crop of multi-touch mice in their labs that were going to revolutionize the peripheral as we knew it. Well, what do you know? Apple, who we knew had filed patents related to a multi-touch mouse in the past, announced today the availability of the $69 Magic Mouse and claimed “the world’s first” crown. Product highlights: Bluetooth wireless connectivity, AA battery powered with smart power management, laser tracking, and 5 preset touch gestures (single click, two-button click, 360° scroll, screen zoom, two-finger swipe).

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Apple Introduces Magic Mouse—The World’s First Multi-Touch Mouse

CUPERTINO, California—October 20, 2009—Apple® today introduced the new wireless Magic Mouse, the first mouse to use Apple’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ technology. Pioneered on iPhone®, iPod touch® and Mac® notebook trackpads, Multi-Touch allows customers to navigate using intuitive finger gestures. Instead of mechanical buttons, scroll wheels or scroll balls, the entire top of the Magic Mouse is a seamless Multi-Touch surface. Magic Mouse comes standard with the new iMac® and will be available as a Mac accessory at just $69.

“Apple is the Multi-Touch leader, pioneering the use of this innovative technology in iPhone, iPod touch and Mac notebook trackpads,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Apple’s Multi-Touch technology allows us to offer an easy to use mouse in a simple and elegant design.”

Magic Mouse features a seamless touch-sensitive enclosure that allows it to be a single or multi-button mouse with advanced gesture support. Using intuitive gestures, users can easily scroll through long documents, pan across large images or swipe to move forward or backward through a collection of web pages or photos. Magic Mouse works for left or right handed users and multi-button or gesture commands can be easily configured from within System Preferences.

The Magic Mouse laser tracking engine provides a smooth, consistent experience across more surfaces than a traditional optical tracking system. Magic Mouse uses Bluetooth wireless capabilities to create a clean, cable-free desk top and its secure wireless connection works from up to 10 meters away. To extend battery performance, Magic Mouse includes an advanced power management system that works with Mac OS® X to automatically switch to low power modes during periods of inactivity. The wireless Magic Mouse is powered by two AA batteries which are included.

Pricing & Availability
Magic Mouse comes standard with the new iMac and is available at the end of October through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), at Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $69 (US). Magic Mouse requires Mac OS X Leopard® version 10.5.8 or later.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.




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  • andrewmclaughlin

    Nice peripherals, but I'm more interested in the subtle fact that the new 27″ iMac can actually take an external video input via the DisplayPort. Am I the only one that thinks Apple just unveiled their first All In One HTPC / TV in a box? Hook a CableBox or Tivo HD w/ CableCard and you are in some serious business. Sure it's only 27″ but this is one hell of an upgrade. Very Exciting.

  • RoohBear

    I'm right-handed. With this mouse, my right hand will have even more work to do. My carpal-tunnel problem would probably get worse. My solution is to use my right hand ONLY for moving a regular mouse, and use my left hand to operate the trackpad on a laptop to do all the clicking and gesturing.

    I'm surprised Apple hasn't built a computer with a Video In port yet.

  • RoohBear

    I'm right-handed. With this mouse, my right hand will have even more work to do. My carpal-tunnel problem would probably get worse. My solution is to use my right hand ONLY for moving a regular mouse, and use my left hand to operate the trackpad on a laptop to do all the clicking and gesturing.

    I'm surprised Apple hasn't built a computer with a Video In port yet.