RUMOR: Apple discontinuing Magic Mouse in favor of Magic Trackpad

“We’ve gotten word from a previously reliable source that Apple is discontinuing the Magic Mouse in favor of the Magic Trackpad,” Alex Heath reports for Cult of Mac.

“Our retail source has informed us that Magic Mouse inventory is not being replenished for Apple stores, and that Apple is finally phasing out the Magic Mouse,” Heath reports. “In OS X Lion, Apple focused heavily on gestures. To take full advantage of Lion’s speed and efficiency, a trackpad must be used that works with the intuitive gestures Apple has implemented.”

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Heath reports, “It makes sense that Apple would phase out the Magic Mouse, as OS X is clearly becoming a gesture based OS.”

Read more in the full article here.

UPDATE: August 5, 2011, 8:34am: Please see: Rumors of Apple Magic Mouse death may be greatly exaggerated; new model on the way?

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

55 Comments

  1. i find my hand gets very tired using the track pad. The mouse gives me something to rest it on. I cannot use the trackpad for long periods of time. Anyone else experience that?

    1. Yes! But I much prefer the trackpad. I think if I would learn to just rest the hand on it or if maybe I could put something under my arm to keep from reaching up from the wrist area it would help.

  2. At first, I thought that this would be a bad thing, because it would be good to have both a mouse and a trackpad. But at the same time, Apple isn’t killing support for mice, just their own proprietary mouse. You can still get a third party mouse if you really want one.

  3. Hey, maybe Dvorak was right after all . . . “The Macintosh uses an experimental pointing device called a ‘mouse’. There is no evidence that people want to use these things.”

  4. THERE WILL BE A NEW KEYBOARD ALSO… all touch screen like a virtual key pad COMBINED with a track pad… THE MOUSE IS DEAD – iSlate – a keyboard and track pad TOUCH driven – and who knows – perhaps with memory and wifi and or bluetooth so IT is a basic iPAD.

  5. Having used the mouse for some 30 years, and all the other experimental contraption, I can say for sure that I will always use a mouse with wheel over a trackpad, as it gives me 2 times the speed of control.

    Trust me, u don’t want that cramp of hovering your hand over a trackpad for 10 hours a day.

      1. Actually it was a mouse that gave me RSI type problems a few years ago and for a few years I switched to a track pad. You are correct that you sacrifice some speed at the begging but for me it was a choice between no computer at all or a track pad. After 2-3 years of track pad use I switched to a Logitech trackball and that works for me best. I am thinking of giving an Apple track pad a try but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. After I upgrade my Macs to Lion I might do that.

    1. Serious photo editors tend to use a tablet device – from my experience at least. Intuos or however it’s spelled needs to support Apple gestures rather than reinventing the wheel.

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