Yes, we know Apple is a design and engineering powerhouse, despite that little macOS High Sierra root access bug. It’s fixed already. Move along. Nothing to see here. Yet, similar oversights are still visible.
Apple’s chief design honcho, Jonny Ive, is credited with such affordable luxury baubles as iPhone, iPad, AirPod, Watch, and probably has his finger in every other techno pie that Apple bakes. What we haven’t heard from Apple is who is responsible for the latest design disasters to grace Apple Stores.
A mouse is a personal thing. No, not Mickey from Disney or Remy from Ratatouille. The mouse we use to move the pointer around the Mac’s screen. Yes, eight out of 10 Macs are not sold with a mouse, so we’re really discussing a design that dates back a few decades but does much the same thing. We hold it and move it and use it to point and click. Whatever you think of Apple’s Magic Mouse and how it compares to third party
mouses mices mooses mice, it’s all Apple. Behold the elegance.
Whether you like the Magic Mouse or not isn’t the issue. It’s a mouse. It works. I’ve used them for years and have no issue whatsoever with size or capabilities. It’s just a mouse. Except for one thing. Apple improved Magic Mouse a year or two ago and ditched the dual AA batteries for a rechargeable lithium ion battery.
Improvement, right? How do you charge Magic Mouse? This way.
Flip that little puppy over on it’s back and stick in a Lightning to USB cable to charge. Guess what? You can’t use Magic Mouse while it’s charging.
Really, Apple? Dumb. Was Magic Mouse designed by interns on a Sunday while Jonny Ive was running his Tesla down 101 or visiting with the Queen at Buckingham Palace? Surely J. Ive will not take credit for Magic Mouse and its crazy charging method.
Wait. There’s more!
An iPad Pro works wonderfully with Apple Pencil. It looks like a pencil or drawing pen and graphic designers love it. Except for one thing. To charge Pencil requires you stick it into a Lightning port. Uh huh. Not USB. Plug it into the iPad Pro’s Lightning port and let the iPad charge it while draining its own battery. I found a photo online that is worth a thousand words.
I know, right? Can you use Pencil while it’s charging? Nope. Go to lunch, take siesta, visit a Microsoft Store. Seriously, Apple? Would Steve Jobs have allowed such a design faux pas to see the light of day? If not, why did Jonny Ive allow such a hideous mistake to make it into production?
Yes, Apple’s iPhone X is beautifully designed. But it can still be used while being charged. Ditto for iPads and MacBooks. Not so for AirPods but it’s understandable until someone comes up with truly wireless charging which keeps the little ear clinging devices charged from air.
It’s apparent that Apple’s design shop does not run 24/7, and based on what slips through the cracks from the weekend warriors, even the executives are taking too many vacations; likely sleeping at the wheel as their semi-autonomous self-driving Teslas weave through traffic on the 101 into the city toward another wine tasting event.