Apple’s new Multi-Touch™ ‘Magic Mouse’ Mac-only; Windows sufferers need not apply

“Apple’s new ‘Magic Mouse’ [comes] without any physical buttons,” Stephen Williams reports for The New York Times. “The input device—now available for $69—is itself the button, Apple says. Using technology employed on the iPhone and iPod Touch, the top of Magic Mouse is a sensor that reads touch gestures to scroll, pan, swipe and click on documents and in applications.”

“The new device is Bluetooth-enabled for wireless use, and Apple says its equally friendly to either left or right hands,” Williams reports. “But it will work only with Macs running Leopard version 10.5.8 or later; Windows users need not apply.”

Williams reports, “Magic Mouse also ships with a new range of desktop iMacs, announced Tuesday, as was an updated, bottom-of-the-line MacBook for $999.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]

53 Comments

  1. It is interesting to see the white space under the iMac screen slowly getting narrower with every new version. In a couple of years, that 2″ white band will be gone completely and iMacs will look exactly like the Displays Apple sells. You could then literally have your computer hanging from the wall acting both as computer and TV.

  2. @ Maconymous

    > It is interesting to see the white space under the iMac screen slowly getting narrower

    One reason it looks even narrower (although it may be narrower), is because the new screens are 16:9 aspect ratio instead of the previous 16:10. The wide screens are getting even wider. I personally like what was previously the “standard” aspect ratio of 4:3 (or 16:12). I find vertical space to be more useful than horizontal space; I think eyes are better at looking up and down, versus side to side.

  3. Microsoft already has their copy machines running full tilt to copy this Magic Mouse. You watch a few months from now. MS New IntelliTouch Mouse. Brand new, we’ve been working on it for five years now. It’s just pure coincidence that it came to release just as after Apple releases their copy Magic Mouse.

  4. Yeah right!!!!
    Apple is going to ignore the entire widows market just for snob appeal,I don’t think so!
    The same thing happened with the Original IPOD.
    But guess what, They conceded and now firewire is a thing of the past.Long Live USB.
    I suspect that the magic mouse will be available for Microsoft products within the next 6 months once people get a chance to see and play with it.

    I want one but I am not going to buy a Mac just for the mouse.

  5. @NCIceman
    That’s a good point about bootcamp. I’m sure they will have a simple driver for the mouse for Windows. You just can’t do the gestures on Windows or something.

  6. I’m trying to imagine using this new touch-mouse. If I rest my finger on the button area I’m going to register a click, right? I always rest my finger on the button, so what will I do now, hold it up in the air all day?

    Hope someone tells me I’ve got the wrong idea about how this thing is supposed to work.

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