“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 Apple.com]
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?
Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.