There are more than a few major components to our Macs, iPhones, and iPads which catch our collective hair on fire. Keyboards? Yes, the Mac notebook keyboards of recent years were so bad lawsuits were filed and Apple promised to fix them all.
What does that say? Another issue that begs the heartstrings is the mouse. For those of us with a longer history on the Mac, the original iMac’s hockey puck mouse was among the worst. I don’t know who designed that little beast– Steve Jobs or Jonny Ive– but stupidity reigned.
Maybe Apple just wanted to help stimulate the third party accessories market by designing, manufacturing, and shipping a mouse so bad it incentivized others to build a better mouse.
How about the new Magic Mouse?
OK, I use Magic Mouse and it’s decent. No, it doesn’t deliver all the bells and whistles of less expensive third party mice, but it has a good feel.
What’s wrong with it?
Seriously? You have to ask? Look at where the cable used to recharge the wireless Magic Mouse plugs into the mouse. On the bottom. Not the end. The bottom. That means you cannot use Magic Mouse while it is being charged.
That’s as stupid a design as you can get on a halfway decent mouse. Jony Ive must have had the flu the day the mouse was designed and was not fully conscious. Maybe there is a better way. Apple filed a patent on a new mouse.
Ed Hardy explains:
Its proposal is for a round mouse that can sense how the user is holding it, so it always performs as the user expects. And rather than moving the mouse to control the cursor, the user tilts it.
Oh, Lord, please. Not another round mouse. I think Apple should call this one Magic Mouse Pro and stick a hefty price tag on it so mere mortals that used the original Magic Mouse would not be tempted.
Domed orientationless input assembly for controlling an electronic device
Can you remember the name? Domed? Or, Orientationless? I kinda like Input Assembly.
Hardy asks, “Is this even a mouse?” I don’t think so.
Apple’s “domed orientationless and/or ambidextrous input assembly” takes up less room than a mouse, while still providing a somewhat mouse-like experience. Whether people will embrace tilting instead of sliding is anyone’s guess.
We at Mac360 live by certain basic creeds, and one of them is, “Nothing improves without change.” Another is, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The Mac’s current Magic Mouse is broken but easily fixed. Why Apple doesn’t bother to fix it shows the company is arrogant at times.
Apple really needs a new mouse, but it should be one we want to use. You know; like the old keyboard that’s back on the MacBook Pro.