RUMOR: Apple may soon debut two-button mouse

With an oldie, but a goodie, AppleInsider dishes the dirt on Apple’s “jaw-dropping” new two-button mouse.

“According to sources who have so far filed accurate reports on Apple’s future hardware plans, the company is feverishly working on a two-button wireless optical mouse that it intends to release,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider. “Apple enthusiasts have longed for an Apple-branded two-button mouse for over a decade, but their requests have gone unanswered. So what has changed? According to sources, ‘it’s the company.’ With Apple now profiting from low-priced consumer electronics as it makes a push to reclaim market share from Windows, a two-button mouse is ‘almost an essential,’ sources said. It’s unclear when the computer maker plans to introduce the mouse. Insiders warned that anticipation may continue to build for months as the company perfects the product.”

Marsal also reports on rumors of new Apple AirPort wireless base stations in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Question one has to be, is this finally going to happen this time? Question two would be, how “feverishly” long does Apple have to work to “perfect” a two-button mouse? Question three has to be, of course, is there any Mac-related rumor older than the one regarding a two-button Apple mouse? For the record, we’d like an Apple-branded two-button mouse to be available, though not necessarily shipped as standard for Apple’s consumer Mac models. BTW, we currently use the Kensington Studio Mouse (three buttons and a scroll sensor) on all of our Macs.

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Why Apple ships a one-button mouse even though Mac OS X supports multi-button mice – January 29, 2005
Macworld Poll: 34 percent say Apple Mac one-button mouse a mistake – April 07, 2004
Why no Apple two-button mouse? – September 17, 2003
The time has come for Apple to ship a two-button scroll mouse standard – June 09, 2003
Should Apple reconsider the one-button mouse? – October 23, 2002


  1. About bloody time! I’ve been using a Logitech mouse with my iBook for a year now. It’s absolutely mandatory. I hope the Apple one will have some sort of scroll wheel, too.

  2. Yea, that’s pretty funny to say they are feverishly working on a two button mouse, as if they just got wind of the demand over the weekend, and as MDN points out, how can the design wizards of the Mac MIni, iMac, and iPod need years to come up with an Apple-branded mouse feauturing not one -but two – buttons.

  3. WOW. They are so innovative. Two button mice are so, like, 1995. What really ticks me off, is that the new trackpads dont allow for clicking using the pad like the older PowerBooks…Weak.

  4. I guarantee the Apple two button will be the sweetest two button on the market. I bet the scroll wheel wo’t be a wheel at all, but a something you just slide your fingers over to scroll, using the same tech on the iPod…

  5. my two cents…

    I’ll bet it’s not a two button mouse but a no moveable parts mouse with a strip of tracpad arc-ing around the front 1/3rd that can be programmed for tapping/scrolling or up to 8 different zones for clicking.

    That way apple can make a multi-button mouse without making a two button mouse.

    magic word finally… as in blah, blah, blah..

  6. Apple should no longer sell any of their own input devices. They used to make really solid, industry leading keyboards and mice, but no more. Apple favors form over function too much.

  7. Two buttons, shmoo buttons! I’m perfactly content with a one button mouse. I’ve used a two button mouse with my Mac before and, frankly, I just don’t see any need for it. Follow Thoreau’s advice and “simplify, simplify, simplify”.

  8. I’ll bet it’s a hot-diggety, souped-up, sensor-laden, nuclear-powered, pinstripe-bearing, four-button-on-the-floor, leather steering wheel, double-barrel carb, dual-exhaust, pimp-rockin, jam-daddy, sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet mother of a ride!

    Gimme a break. Apple and two-button mice go together like Michael Jackson and other people’s kids.

    Of course, if it’s from Apple, you know it’s gonna be cool, daddy-o’s!

  9. kernalpanic:

    you said: “new trackpads dont allow for clicking using the pad like the older PowerBooks…”

    You are kidding me right? My white iBook does. It’s under system preferences. Are you sure? You are kidding me right? I was looking to get a new Powerbook or iBook.

    I am going to try it before I buy it. If the iBooks do it I am getting that instead.

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