As first predicted by AppleInsider in March, Apple today introduced Mighty Mouse, its next generation mouse with multiple buttons and a scroll ball.
âWith Mighty Mouse, weâve simply built a better mouse,â said David Moody, Appleâs vice president of Worldwide Mac Product Marketing. âWith its innovative Scroll Ball and unique integration of multiple buttons, Mighty Mouse adds functionality while retaining the elegant, easy-to-use Apple design.â
Mighty Mouse is the first multi-button mouse that retains the simplicity of a single-button mouse, and can be used as a single- or multi-button mouse depending on the userâs preference. Mighty Mouse features a single seamless enclosure with programmable touch sensors that act as primary or secondary buttons. With a simple click on the upper right or left side of the mouse, users can instantly access features such as contextual menus found in Mac OS X and other applications. Mighty Mouseâs two other buttons are activated by pressing its Scroll Ball and squeezing its sides, and can be easily programmed to give users one-click access to Mac OS X version 10.4.2 âTigerâ features such as Spotlight , Dashboard and ExposÃ©, or to launch any application such as Safari or iChat.
Mighty Mouse features an easy-to-use design that comfortably fits the left or right hand and an optical tracking engine for responsive and accurate cursor movement on almost any type of surface. With up to four programmable buttons, Mighty Mouse makes it easy to access key features of Tiger with the side buttons and Scroll Ball providing quick, one-click access to Spotlight, Dashboard and ExposÃ©.
Pricing & Availability
Mighty Mouse is available immediately through the Apple Store, at Appleâs retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $49 (US). Mighty Mouse requires Mac OS X, Windows 2000 or Windows XP and easily connects to Mac and Windows systems; Mac OS X version 10.4.2 âTigerâ is required to customize buttons for one-click access to Spotlight, Dashboard and ExposÃ© or to launch applications. Mighty Mouse is compatible with either USB 1.1 or USB 2.0 ports.
The first Photos of the mouse have been posted on AppleInsider.