The Mighty Mouse and Other Mice [The Rumor Roundup]

Posted: October 17th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: The Rumor Roundup | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Apple, Apple. How you have dominated the news. Fine. Have it your way.

The blogs are talking about the Mighty Mouse.

MacRumors wrote this:

Engadget reports that Apple has filed testing information with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for approval of a new Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. The filings briefly included basic drawings of the forthcoming devices, although they were quickly removed.A new Apple Bluetooth keyboard and mouse have arrived at the FCC, and they’ve got new model numbers of A1314 and A1296 — the current wireless keyboard is A1255 and the Mighty Mouse is A1197. That’s pretty much all we know for now, but these keyboard dimensions are also smaller than the current model, which rules out a return of the numeric keypad — sorry to dash your hopes, Excel jockeys.

Several reports in recent days have suggested that a redesigned Apple mouse has been under development and may be released alongside new iMacs in the very near future.

What about the rumors of a multi-touch mouse? Mashable had that rumor:

According to a new report from AppleInsider though, Apple’s looking to deal with this problem by completely redesigning the mighty mouse. Among the rumored changes: doing away with the track ball, utilizing touch-sensitive technology, and adding multipoint touch detection technology. Oh, and you might see this new Mighty Mouse before the end of this year.

AppleInsider is short on specific details, but refers to recent apple patents that refer to a mouse that translates how you touch and and how you move your hand into movement on the screen. It would also translate into clicks, thus eliminating the need for most buttons or even a track ball. Apple has favored touch interfaces in the last few years, most notably with the iPhone (iPhone), so this is not a huge surprise.

And the future of mice in general. Gizmodo got that story.

What do you think of all of the mice rumors? Let us know in the comments!

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