Apple Mighty Mouse

Infobox Information appliance
name = Mighty Mouse

caption = The wired Mighty Mouse.
manufacturer = Apple
type = Mouse
releasedate = August 2, 2005
connectivity = USB (Wired)
Bluetooth (Wireless)
power = USB (Wired)
Either 1 or 2 AA (Wireless)
predecessor = Apple Wireless Mouse
related = Apple Keyboard
Apple Wireless Keyboard

The Apple Mighty Mouse is a multi-button USB or Bluetooth mouse manufactured and sold by Apple Inc. It was announced and sold for the first time on August 2, 2005. Before the Mighty Mouse, Apple had sold only one-button mice with its computers, beginning with the Apple Lisa 22 years earlier.

Apple's single button mouse was seen as one of the things that set Apple computers apart from their competition. Therefore, the release of the multi-button "Mighty Mouse" is seen as a significant event in Apple's history.

The name of the mouse is used under license from CBS Operations, owner of the Mighty Mouse cartoon series.

About the mouse

The Mighty Mouse is made of white plastic and has a recessed Apple logo on the mouse's face. The mouse has four functional buttons: a left button, a right button, a clickable scroll ball and side squeeze buttons. The scroll ball enables users to scroll a page or document in every direction by rolling the ball in the desired direction. It should be noted that two of the above-mentioned buttons are not physical "buttons." Rather, the touch-sensitive topshell (mentioned below) allows the mouse to detect which side is being pressed down, and this is technically a three-button mouse.

Currently Mac OS X is the only operating system that fully supports the mouse. When used with Mac OS X the buttons can be set to launch applications or trigger features of the Apple operating system, such as Dashboard and Exposé. If not used with Mac OS X, the mouse behaves as a four button mouse with a vertical and horizontal scroll wheel. There are third-party drivers (XMouse [] , AppleM [ [ AppleM Pro - 横スクロール対応 マイティーマウス(Mighty Mouse)のドライバ ] ] ) that provide more functions to Windows users.

The Mighty Mouse does not report whether the right and left mouse button is pressed simultaneously. This means that the Mighty Mouse cannot support mouse chording, used by CAD software, games, web browsers, and other applications where multiple functions are mapped to the mouse.

Versions and sell dates

* On August 2, 2005, Apple introduced Mighty Mouse, at the suggested retail price of $49 US [ [ Apple Introduces Mighty Mouse ] ] .
* On 12 October 2005, Apple began shipping a Mighty Mouse with every iMac, and on 19 October 2005, with the PowerMac G5 line as well. The user has a choice to upgrade to an Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse.
* On 25 July 2006, Apple released a wireless Mighty Mouse [ [ Apple Debuts Wireless Mighty Mouse ] ] which uses Bluetooth 2.0. The new version uses two AA batteries, but can run on a single AA battery to reduce weight. Wireless Mighty Mouse was priced at $69 US.
* On August 7 2007, Apple slightly updated the Mighty Mouse, changing the color of the side buttons to white. As of August 2007, the wired version of the Mighty Mouse costs US$49, while the wireless version costs US$69.

Technical features

* Touch-sensitive top shell
* 360 degree enabled clickable scroll ball
* Force-sensing side "squeeze" buttons
* Optical tracking in wired version
* Laser tracking in wireless version
* Compatible with Macintosh and PCs
* Programmable functions for the four buttons
* Auditory feedback when "squeezing" and scrolling the mouse produced by a small built-in speaker


Although the Mighty Mouse can sense both right and left clicks, it is not possible to press both buttons simultaneously. In addition, right clicks cannot be made while the user's finger is on the left touch sensor. [ [ Dissecting Mighty Mouse: Page 1 ] ] There have also been complaints from users of the scrollball getting clogged up with dirt and requiring cleaning. [ [ Server Error ] ]


On May 21, 2008 it was announced that Man & Machine Inc., a supplier of keyboards and mice to laboratories and hospitals, sued Apple Inc. for trademark infringement over its use of the name Mighty Mouse. [ [ Man & Machine sues Apple over Mighty Mouse - Washington Business Journal: ] ]


ee also

* Apple Mouse
* Apple Keyboard

External links

* [ Mighty Mouse]
* [ Review] of the mouse by Ars Technica
* [ Apple Mighty Mouse unofficial driver for Windows] (Allen Tang), installation guide for the Windows drivers [ XMouse] and [ AppleM Pro]

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