“If AppleInsider’s reports are to be believed, it appears as though Apple, after nearly more than 20 years of preaching the finer points of key strokes, has caved in to the pressure and is ‘feverishly working on a two-button wireless optical mouse,'” Michael Simon writes for Spymac. “Why now? Two words: Mac mini.”
“I’m guessing sales of the little wonder are far exceeding Apple’s most generous estimates while mouse sales are proportionately lagging. By offering a two-button mouse direct from Apple, all those switchers who just can’t seem to figure out the point of a single button will have an option to complete their aesthetically-pleasing computer with an equally-eye-appealing mouse,” Simon writes. “But rest assured, Apple’s one-button mouse will never be discontinued, and I’m quite certain it will remain the default on all new Macs. But with a two-button option, switching shoppers will likely linger in Apple’s store just a little longer before running home with their new Mac mini. So don’t be offended, and stop preaching all those doomsday prophesies. It’s not the end of the world, nor is it the end of Apple’s trademark one-button mouse. Think of it as nothing more than the start of a new world of Apple-branded options.”
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MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote earlier this week when this endlessly-recycled rumor resurfaced, we’d like an Apple-branded two-button mouse to be available, though not necessarily shipped as standard for Apple’s consumer Mac models. Like many of you, judging by your email from the previous “mouse” article, we currently use the Kensington Studio Mouse (three buttons and a scroll sensor) on our Macs, while the one-button Apple mice that shipped with our Macs sit in their boxes doing nothing.
Related MacDailyNews articles:
RUMOR: Apple may soon debut two-button mouse – March 15, 2005
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