The Mighty Mouse

The Mighty Mouse 1“At $49, 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 programmability of a four-button mouse in a single-button design.” [Via]

A touch-sensitive 2-button mouse?! I’ll have to use it to believe it. Without a clearly defined right and left click button, you might end up with something like MacMice’s awful product called “The Mouse.” I thought this mouse had terrible performance. The right click was stiff and often resulted in a single click. Apple is known for making superior products when it comes to usability however, so I would imagine they worked out the kinks.

The Mighty Mouse is special in several ways. Beyond the technical marvel of creating a multi-button touch-sensitive mouse, this multi-button mouse is a major departure from Apple tradition. A

When Apple first started making computers in the late 1970s, people barely knew what a computer was, let alone how to use a “mouse.” Apple Chief Executive, Steve Jobs, wanted to create a mouse that was as non-threatening as a kitchen toaster. As a result, Apple decided to only produce a one-button mouse – thus eliminating any confusion about which button to push. Although the Mighty Mouse has no visible buttons, just touch-sensitive buttons, it’s still a major departure for the company.

What’s next? The ability to install the Macintosh operating system on a PC?