Apple prides itself on a long history of innovation, but it’s heartening to see that it isn’t too proud to copy sometimes, too. And we’re not talking about the recent move to Intel chips – we’re talking about embracing the right click.
Having produced its first multi-button mouse last year, the company that rightfully claims to have ‘ignited the personal revolution in the 1970s’ has now woken up to the controller revolution of the Naughties, and cut the cable.
Like its wired brother, the new Bluetooth Mighty Mouse appears to have no buttons at all, but its touch-sensitive shell allows right and left clicks, plus a clickable scrollball and a slightly less useful squeezeable midriff that acts as a fourth button. To add to the fun, the new mouse also features a laser sensor, which is apparently more accurate than the standard optical sensor in the previous Mighty Mouse.
Bluetooth will allow the mouse to work up to 30m away from any Bluetooth-enabled computer, and Apple intriguingly claims it can be powered by ‘one or two’ AA batteries. Sadly, the batteries that accompany the Bluetooth Mighty Mouse are disposable rather than rechargeable – which doesn’t seem to be in keeping with Apple’s bold website claim that it is ‘continually striving to reduce the environmental impact of the work we do and the products we create.’
Still, you can always buy your own charger – if you have any change left over after stumping up £50 for the Bluetooth Mighty Mouse.