“In what must be the most amazing event for the ‘most innovative company in the world,’ Apple invents the multi-button mouse with a scroll ball. OK, every company can have a bad day and Apple is entitled but what the heck took so long with this one? We have had multi-button mice for years,” Rob Enderle writes for Technology Pundits. “While Apple mice have a high attach with Apple machines, they are bundled after all, unlike the iPod, they have had virtually no play on the Windows side even though they functioned just fine. This is because they were crippled lacking the right button Windows users have grown to depend upon.”
MacDailyNews Take: Windows users have grown to depend on multiple-button mice because Windows usability standards are virtually nonexistent and too many Windows developers put functions into contextual menus that left poor Windows users with no other option by which to access said functions. This is simply another reason why Windows usability pales in comparison to Apple’s Mac platform. And Enderle thinks Apple Mac users were crippled before the Mighty Mouse’s debut? Sheesh. Enderle’s right about one thing, we have had multi-button mice for years. Apple Mac OS X users have always been able plug in just about any USB mouse from any company (not just Logitech – see below) and use them with Mac OS X. Our multi-button, scroll pad Kensington StudioMouse mice have been working beautifully with Mac OS X for years.
Enderle continues, “At least Apple users could, and often did, buy Logitech multi-button mice but this one button mentality was a real problem for Apple notebook users which were stuck with the less productive single button solution with their touch pad while Windows users got up to three buttons and sliders depending on configuration.”
MacDailyNews Take: Enderle lucks out and hits a point here. What happens to Apple portables? Will Apple leave them as they currently are or split the click bar into left and right buttons on iBooks and PowerBooks? Remember, one reason that Apple stuck with the one-button mouse for so long (and why the new Mighty Mouse functions perfectly well as a one-button mouse) was to force developers to make everything accessible with a one-button mouse and not screw up Mac usability by creating functions that were only accessible via a right click of the mouse. The new Mighty Mouse solves both issues by still requiring that developers adhere to standards and make everything accessible with one click and also provides Mac power users the additional mouse inputs should they so wish to utilize them. Apple portables need not necessarily change – just hook up a Mighty Mouse if you want multiple-buttons and a scroll ball. The genius of the Apple Mighty Mouse is that it provides scrolling and multiple-button features, but can still be used just like the one-click original Apple mice.
Enderle continues, “I often expect a lot from Apple, they do generally lead in design and this just does not feel like a market leader, but then they had a long way to come and maybe the next version will step up to their own standards more aggressively.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Leave it to Rob Enderle would write about how something feels without having actually felt it first. Picking apart these Enderle messes sometimes makes us feel bad; it’s like taunting the retarded. Still, it must be done for as long as “writers” call him for technology quotes and people read his tripe. Enderle also thinks the Apple Mighty Mouse is a rip-off of the Optical Mouse Microsoft had Starck design in 2004. You know, the mouse that didn’t have the Mighty Mouse’s side squeeze buttons that act as one input or the 360-degree scroll ball or the built-in speakers to provide audio click and scrolling feedback for users or the programmable touch sensors that act as primary or secondary buttons. In short, the mouse that’s absolutely nothing like the Apple Mighty Mouse unless you’re unfortunate enough to actually be Rob Enderle. The good news? Because Enderle thinks so little of the Mighty Mouse, it’s guaranteed to be great for users and a lock to become a surefire hit!
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Apple’s new ‘Mighty Mouse’ provides audio feedback for clicking and scrolling – August 02, 2005
Apple’s mythical two-button mouse – March 19, 2005
RUMOR: Apple may soon debut two-button mouse – March 15, 2005
Apple’s Pro Mouse is truly a joy to use… for about five minutes – May 29, 2004
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