Apple Magic Mouse

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Apple Magic Mouse
Branding Apple
Buttons 1 (with gesture support)
DPI 1330 DPI
Features Multitouch surface for scrolling and gestures, out-of-band pairing (macOS and iPadOS only)
Wireless? Bluetooth 3.0 only
Sensor Optical with laser
Weight Magic Mouse: 105 g with batteries
Magic Mouse 2: 99 g
Introduced 2009
Price $79 USD

Apple's Magic Mouse line are wireless mice for Apple Macintosh computers.

Description

The mice are very flat, and symmetric. The bottom is anodised aluminium, like contemporary Macintosh computers.

The top surface is touch-sensitive, and also recognises scrolling gestures. When used with Apple computers, they also recognise two-finger gestures. Like the mice with scrolling ball before it, they are clicked by rocking the entire surface forwards, with the right button recognised by there being a touch on the top/right.

The optical sensor is located in the front half next to a on/off switch.

Version history

A1296 MB829LL/A: "Magic Mouse"

It was introduced in 2009 as a replacement of the Wireless Mighty Mouse, which got discontinued after Apple had been sued for trademark infringement.

It uses classic Bluetooth, and runs on 2 AA batteries inside a lid on the bottom.

A1657: "Magic Mouse 2"

Introduced in 2015 together with the Magic Trackpad 2 and the Magic Keyboard. When buying a new desktop Macintosh, customers had to choose between the mouse or the trackpad. It is also available separately.

Known revisions are MLA02LL/A and MRME2LL/A, both apparently available in white/silver and in black/space grey.

It contains a non-replaceable 1986 mAh rechargeable battery, and charges via a Lightning port on the bottom of the mouse — which makes it impossible to use the mouse while charging.

Uses Bluetooth 3.0. Like the Magic Keyboard it uses a proprietary method for secure automatic pairing of Bluetooth credentials over the Lightning/USB cable. Automatic pairing is done by macOS X 10.11 "El Capitan" or higher.

A1657 MK2E3: "Magic Mouse"

When shipped with a colourful 2021 iMac, the bottom is anodised in a matching colour. Only silver-grey is available to buy separately. The mouse comes with a USB C-to-Lightning cable, as newer Macs don't have USB A ports.

Software

MacOS

Upon introduction, the contemporary MacOS version (10.5.8) required a Wireless Software Update 1.0 to work.

Pairing the Magic Mouse 2 is supported by MacOS X 10.11 "El Capitan" or later.

iPad

It has been reported to not work with iPadOS 13.3 even though it did with iPadOS 13.[1] Support was reenabled with iPadOS 13.4, but without scrolling or gesture support.

Windows

  • Under Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, Apple's "Boot Camp" drivers could be used.
  • Magic Mouse Utilities for Windows 10, adds horizontal scrolling and finger gestures to Microsoft Windows. Supports versions 7,8 and 10, both 32-bit and 64-bit.

Linux

Supported is in the Linux kernel since 2.6.23-rc1.

External links

References

  1. MacWorld—Why did Apple drop support for the Magic Mouse 2 on the iPad?. Dated 2020-02-24. Retrieved 2021-05-03