Friday, June 23, 2006

Where's the Mouse? Where is the wireless Mighty Mouse from Apple?



Here's a simple question:

Where is the wireless Mighty Mouse from Apple?


I don't see how this could be a major feat of engineering. I guess the thing that has always bugged me is why didn't Apple release the Mighty Mouse (wireless) simultaneously with the wired version?

Does the bluetooth circuitry take up a lot of space? No.



I have wanted a bluetooth mouse to use with my PowerBook G4 (and MacBook) but I really just don't like any of the options out there. I'm also one of those "Everything seems to work better if it all has the same logo on it" kinda people.

If I'm correct ... the Apple Mighty Mouse (wireless) would be the ONLY right hand / left hand interchangeable wireless bluetooth mouse distributed on a large scale once it came out. I want a mouse that you don't have to worry about which side of your laptop is free to plug it in, or to have some (two port hogging) dongle protruding out of a USB slot.

Is Apple just waiting for a 1 year anniversary? The Mighty Mouse was released in August of 2005.

Wanna know why The Mighty Mouse is so important? Here's a good article that came out around introduction time from Tom Conrad:

http://tomconrad.blogspot.com/2005/08/why-apples-mighty-mouse-matters.html

Apple products have shipped with bluetooth by default across the entire line for over a year now and many many Mac Users have bluetooth USB adapters ... Apple ... we're ready!

5 comments:

Keith said...

That is something that has puzzled me about Apple since the mid 90's...

Why have they never kept up with mouse technology???...

I remember finding adapters online so we could use Logitech Mice for our Mac artists because apple didn't have a 2-Button one...

Mike Mason said...

Have you seen the BT Mouse from mac mice? I have one and love it. it has two buttons and a scroll and it has the same style as the apple. Minus the apple logo.

http://www.allmouse.com.tw/TMBT.htm

Also they just released BT Mouse II
http://www.allmouse.com.tw/TMBTNew.HTM

Anonymous said...

I guess that they might be struggling with power consumption. I have two BT mice - Kensington and Targus.

The former uses up batteries like you wouldn't believe. One set a day.

The Targus runs for a week.

Functionista said...

There is a good BT mouse solution out there for Macs. I highly recommend any Bluetooth mouse from kensington. This one seems to be their best model right now. I had a Pilotmouse BT Pro for a year and it worked so well with my 12" PB.

fixyourthinking said...

I do realize there are some good bluetooth mice out there and I also realize that there are people that dislike The Mighty Mouse ...

However ... The Mighty Mouse is a very unique ambidextrous mouse ... it can be used in either hand without modification or "getting used to" ... it's also the "Apple made" & "Apple matching" solution that a lot of users want.