Is it us, or does everything and anything Apple touches become gold? Take their mouse for instance – the Mighty Mouse doesn’t really have anything worth writing home about and it sucks as a gaming peripheral, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t functional. This time round, the Mighty Mouse has been usurped by the new Apple Magic Mouse which is powered by pixie dust. I jest – the Magic Mouse will be the first mouse in the world that boasts Apple’s revolutionary Multi-Touch technology which has already seen action on the iPhone, iPod touch and Mac notebook trackpads to date. With a mouse that boasts Multi-Touch capability, customers are able to navigate using intuitive finger gestures in place of mechanical buttons and scroll wheels while eliminating the need for scroll balls as well. Just for your information, the entire top surface of the Magic Mouse is a seamless Multi-Touch area.
If you are lusting after the Apple Magic Mouse, you will be pleased to know that it comes standard with the new iMac, although you can also purchase it as a standalone Mac accessory for $69. You will be able to use it as a single or multi-button mouse with advanced gesture support thanks to intuitive gestures that would come by as natural for right handed users as well as southpaws. The Apple Magic Mouse will also rely on its laser tracking engine that results in a clean, cable-free desktop. It works great as long as it doesn’t go beyond the 10 meter range that all Bluetooth devices must adhere to, of course. As with any wireless device, battery life could be a potential issue but it is nice to know that Apple has included an advanced power management system which works great with Mac OS X
that will switch to low power modes automatically whenever it detects periods of inactivity.
The Apple Magic Mouse will be powered by a couple of AA batteries and ought to hit the market by the end of this month via a variety of channels including Apple retail stores, the Apple Store and authorized resellers.