The Apple Mouse (formerly Apple Mighty Mouse) is a multi-button USB mouse manufactured and sold by Apple Inc.. It was announced and sold for the first time on August 2, 2005, and a Bluetooth version was available from 2006 to 2009. Before the Mighty Mouse, Apple had sold only one-button mouses with its computers, beginning with the Apple Lisa 22 years earlier.
On October 20, 2009, the wireless Mighty Mouse was discontinued and replaced by the multi-touch Magic Mouse. The wired version of the device remains available, but was renamed the "Apple Mouse" as of the same date, due to trademark issues with another manufacturer of a device named "Mighty Mouse".
* 1 About the mouse
* 2 Versions and sell dates
* 3 Technical features
* 4 Criticism
* 5 Name
* 6 See also
* 7 References
* 8 External links
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 capacitive sensor, a right capacitive sensor, a track ball with a pressure sensor and side squeeze sensors. The track ball enables users to scroll a page or document in any direction, including diagonally. Two of the above-mentioned inputs are not physical buttons. Rather, the touch-sensitive topshell (mentioned below) and the pressure sensing trackball allow the mouse to detect which side is being touched or whether the trackball is being held in.
The scroll ball emits a sound when it is being rolled, but this sound is not a product of the actual hardware. The sound is actually played back from a tiny speaker within the mouse itself. Unplugging the mouse will thus mute the scroll ball (although the mouse will, of course, be unusable when unplugged).
Currently, Mac OS X is the only operating system that fully supports the mouse without third party software. When used with Mac OS X, the sensors 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) that provide more functions to users of other platforms such as Windows.
The Mighty Mouse does not report whether the right and left sensors are activated simultaneously. In fact, it reports a right-click only when there is no finger contact on the left side of the mouse. Thus a right-click requires lifting the finger off the mouse, then right-clicking. This also means that the Mighty Mouse cannot support mouse chording, used by CAD software, games, 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 US$49.