Click, Swipe, and Scroll – Apple’s Magic Mouse


Apple-Magic MouseApple introduced the Magic Mouse today and besides being magical it is smart and sleek.  The concept of using gestures to interact with a device was made popular in the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Macbook. Now the concept comes to the desktop in the first ever multi-touch external mouse.  The Magic Mouse has a smooth and sleek look with no visible buttons. The entire surface of the Magic Mouse is clickable.  Drag your fingers along the surface of the mouse for scrolling.  Other features include screen zoom and two-finger swipe to browse Safari and iPhoto.  The Magic Mouse uses laser tracking and Bluetooth. It is now included with every iMac purchase and, for the rest of Mac users, it’s $69.

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  • Andy Chen October 21, 2009, 12:13 am

    Order placed! Gotta be an improvement of the Maligned Mighty Mouse!

  • Jackie Cheng October 21, 2009, 10:53 am

    Wonder if it works with a PC?

  • Andy Chen October 21, 2009, 10:56 am

    An excellent question… esp for those of use who use Bootcamp!

  • FubarGuy October 22, 2009, 12:15 am

    From another tech site:

    “So far the Magic Mouse is only compatible with the iMacs that they ship with, but will get broad support soon.”

    So, I can’t pick one up & use it with my aging G5 tower at work? Hmmmmm.

  • Andy Chen October 22, 2009, 3:54 pm

    WAIT A SEC. Where’s the middle button click? I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find it. Unless someone like Steermouse develops a driver and permits a two-fingered click as “middle click”…! Oh no!

  • Anita Z October 22, 2009, 4:50 pm

    According to Magic Mouse System Requirements you need:
    Bluetooth-enabled Mac computer
    Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later with Wireless Mouse Software Update 1.0
    Existing keyboard and mouse for setup

    So, it looks like no PC support. Although if you did plug it in it may move and click but don’t know about the other features.

    Middle mouse button…hmmmm…good question.

  • Nilay Shah October 22, 2009, 5:45 pm

    Went to the Apple store in my neighborhood (5th Avenue, NYC) and saw the mouse “live.” Web pictures do NOT do it justice. It is so sleek and beautiful – the store had none in stock so I went online and had to order one.

    • Julie October 22, 2009, 5:46 pm

      @Nilay I just wonder how easy it is to do the multi-touch on top, without moving the mouse itself in the process…

  • Nilay Shah October 23, 2009, 7:54 am

    @Julie – the store was so crowded that I didn’t get to play too much with the mouse at the time. I’m sure there will be a learning curve associated with it, but as with the multi-touch trackpad on my macbook, once I got used to it, it works really well.

  • muzzi November 2, 2009, 8:58 am

    just got mine and it’s great except can’t get it to scroll.
    Any help?
    Rubbing fingers down and across has no results whatsoever

  • Chili4way November 2, 2009, 11:01 am

    Be sure to run Software Update; there is a driver update that won’t download until you pair your mouse with the Mac. And (sadly), no middle button function…

  • Anita Z November 24, 2009, 11:27 pm

    Havent tried it but use this to enable three-finger middle click:

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