So I figure I’d better get this in before everyone besides the Himalayan sherpas blog about it: today Apple finally introduced a multi-button mouse, aptly (and admittedly a bit corny) named Mighty Mouse. Potential copyright infringement aside, the device promises, in typical Apple PR language, to be the mouse that reinvented the wheel. Seriously, though; it looks pretty cool. With a form factor nearly identical to the previous generation pro mouse, mighty mouse apparently has touch-sensitive sensors under the front of the shell that detect where you are clicking, allowing two-button functionality, plus side buttons that are squeezable (and programmable). Perhaps the most intruiging element of the entire thing is a tiny ball positioned on the front. It apparently lets you scroll in 360 degrees, making me think of the red trackpoints on
IBM Lenovo Thinkpads.
UPDATE: Jacqui Cheng of Ars Technica has a good review of the mouse; if I ever get my mitts on one, I promise I’ll give all y’all MY impressions.