Oh My god! Apple have finally bought out a mouse with a scroll wheel – about time
only took 20 years. Being both a PC and Mac user the scroll wheel on a mouse is the
only thing that was missing from the Apple range which made browsing the internet
more enjoyable on a PC. Obviously Apple had to go one step further and not just make
it scrollable up and down but also left, right + 360 degrees it also has touch sensors.
Below is what Apple has to say…
Meet the mouse that reinvented the wheel. The scroll wheel, that is. At just 35 (UK)
/ 55 (Ireland) including VAT, Mighty Mouse features the revolutionary Scroll Ball
that lets you move anywhere inside a document, without lifting a finger. And with
touch-sensitive technology concealed under the seamless top-shell, you get the programability
of a four-button mouse in a single-button design. Click, roll, squeeze and scroll.
This mouse just aced the maze.
Spry and Mighty
In the beginning, there was one button. Then there were two. Then there were clickable
scroll wheels and programmable toggles and solid-state slides. But nobody made a mouse
as easy to use as your Mac. Until now. Mighty Mouse combines the capability of a multibutton
mouse with Apples signature top-shell design for the best of both form and function.
Use it any way you work: stick with single-button simplicity or click with multibutton
Time is round. Space is curved. Why should your mouse be linear? Plenty of applications
require you to do more than scroll up and down. Mighty Mouse offers 360-degree scrolling
capability, thanks to its Scroll Ball, perfectly positioned to roll smoothly under
just one finger. Explore the farthest reaches of your files pan images in iPhoto,
view timelines in iMovie HD and Final Cut Pro, traverse bars in GarageBand and Logic
Pro with one hand tied behind your back (or holding a cup of coffee or typing). Mighty
Mouse gives you lots of room to roam.
Youll Really Click
Touch-sensitive technology under Mighty Mouses seamless top-shell detect where youre
clicking, transforming your sleek, one-button mouse into a two-button wonder. But
the innovation doesnt end there. Apple engineers added force-sensing buttons on either
side of Mighty Mouse that let you squeeze the mouse between your thumb and finger,
activating Mac OS X Tiger Dashboard, Expos or a whole host of other customisable features
The Mouse That Roared
Unlike any other mouse on the market, Mighty Mouse was designed specifically to work
with Mac OS X Tiger. Up-to-the minute information on Dashboard is only a click away.
Viewing, hiding and selecting your windows via Expos is just as simple. And because
Mac OS X Tiger makes Mighty Mouse programmable, you choose where every click takes
As Wired News reported when Apple finally
supported multi-button mice:
“In the world of the Mac zealot, this is huge. Apple’s famous one-button mouse is
as symbolic of the easy-to-use Macintosh interface as the icons and windows. But these
days, it is often derided as a hopelessly outdated anachronism and the debate — one
button or two? — has been raging in Mac circles for a while now.
Those who would do away with the one-button mouse say it prevents easy access to commands
that in other operating systems are available with a simple “right click.” Instead,
Mac users risk their carpal tunnels by constantly scrawling across the screen to menu
bars at the top.
Bruce Tognazzini, founder of Apple’s famous Human Interface Group and a frequent interface
critic, said the move to a two-button mouse is about time.
“The two-button mouse is seven or eight years overdue,” he said. “There’s no point
of harming the efficiency and behavior of the system any more by having a one-button
mouse.” The one-button mouse, introduced in 1984 with the original Macintosh, was
central to the Mac’s ease-of-use philosophy.
The “father of the Macintosh,” Jef Raskin, recalls fighting with other members of
the Mac design team for a single-button mouse. Apple based its mouse on a three-button
model developed at Xerox’s famous PARC research center.
“It was faster and more efficient, and much easier to learn and remember how to use,”
Raskin wrote in a memoir. “I had observed that people (including myself) at PARC often
made wrong-button errors in using the mouse, which was part of my impetus for doing
David Morgenstern, a Mac veteran and former editor of MacWeek, said Raskin didn’t
even want the mouse to “double-click” — he wanted a one-button, one-click device.
“Mac users have always said Windows is so complicated you need another button to get
to all the features,” he said. “But 95 percent of the world uses a two-button mouse.
It certainly is the natural evolution of the Mac’s interface. People like the two-button
mouse, so why should they be denied?”
Third-party developers have added “right click” functions to Mac software for some
time. Users of most Web browsers can bring up “right click” menus by simply holding
down the mouse button.
And mouse manufacturers like Kensington, which makes a line of popular multi-button
mice for the Mac, have developed software that adds “right-click” functions.
Even Apple seems aware of the shortcomings of the one-button mouse.
In recent years, the company has added “contextual menus” to the Macintosh operating
system. But to activate them, users must hold down the control key while pressing
down the mouse button, which more or less defeats the purpose.”