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The Mighty Mouse Apple didn\'t ship

An image depicting an earlier version of Apple\'s multi-button Mighty Mouse has recently surfaced and it may have been hidden in a shipping version of the Mighty Mouse software.

The image below shows a version of Apple\'s Mighty Mouse that never shipped (left) alongside the revised model which Apple released earlier this month.

From the image it can be seen that Apple\'s original Mighty Mouse design featured a slightly different scroll-ball enclosure and also lacked the recessed Apple logo.

As we noted in our review of the Mighty Mouse, it\'s strongly believed that the mouse was originally scheduled to ship as a complement to Mac OS X 10.4 \"Tiger\" during the last week of April.

Due to quality assurance issues sources have said the Mighty Mouse project, which went by the code-name \'Houdini,\' was delayed slightly while revisions to the mouse design and/or software were performed.

Users of Mac OS X 10.4.2 who have installed the Mighty Mouse software install may be able to locate the earlier image of the device by tracing the following Mac OS X filesystem path: /System/Library/PreferencePanes/Keyboard.prefPane/Contents/Resources/type1.gif

Earlier this week, sales of the Mighty Mouse through drove it as high as the No. 13 spot on the retailer\'s top selling electronics list. Currently the mouse sits at No. 21, outselling Apple\'s 60GB iPod model.