Apple Pro Mouse

Infobox Computer
name = Apple Mouse
developer = Apple Inc.
type = Mouse
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first_release_date = July, 2000
discontinuation_date = August 7, 2005
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The Apple Mouse (formerly Apple Pro Mouse) was originally introduced at the July 2000 Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple Computer was one of the first companies to ship an optical mouse as the standard input device. While the Industrial design of the Pro Mouse was handled entirely by Apple's in-house designers, some of the hardware has been engineered by Sparkfactor Design. [Sparkfactor. [http://www.sparkfactordesign.com/portfolio.html Sparkfactor: Design] . Retrieved on 2007-01-11] The Pro Mouse was included with the Power Mac G4 Cube, also introduced at WWDC 2000. Apple was the first company to use USB mice and keyboards only when they introduced the "hockey-puck" mouse with the original iMac G3 in May of 1998. Like the "hockey-puck" mouse, the Apple Pro Mouse was a USB mouse with a 2-foot cord designed to plug into the Apple Pro Keyboard, Apple Cinema Display, or Apple Studio Display. The Apple Pro Mouse also featured a unique mechanism to allow for 3 click force settings for the required pressure to click the mouse.

The original Pro Mouse was available only in black, which matched the black Apple Pro Keyboard. It wasn't until later that the mouse was available in white with the debut of the iMac G4. Eventually, the mouse and keyboard were both re-designed, though the exterior of the mouse had few noticeable changes. When this occurred, Apple dropped the "Pro" from the name. Along with a color change Apple removed the ability to control the firmness of click in the Apple Mouse. From then on, the Pro Mouse was simply known as "Apple Mouse." This white mouse was later included with Power Mac G4 Mirror Drive Door systems, Power Mac G5 systems, the eMac, and iMac G4.

On August 2, 2005, Apple replaced the Apple Mouse with the Apple Mighty Mouse. The Mighty Mouse featured a 360° scroll ball, touch sensitive buttons, and a pressure sensitive "squeeze" functionality by default set to activate the Exposé feature in Panther, Tiger, and Leopard. Soon afterwards, the Apple Mouse was discontinued completely. On July 25, 2006, Apple introduced a wireless Mighty Mouse which uses Bluetooth.

See also

* Apple Mouse
* Apple Mighty Mouse
* Apple Wireless Mouse
* iMac

References

External links

* [http://www.wap.org/journal/applepromouse/applepromouse.html Apple Pro Mouse Review]
* [http://www.sewardweb.com/applepromouse/ Opening and Repairing the Apple Pro Mouse]


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