Hope You Like Trackpads, Because Apple Is Killing Off The Magic Mouse [Updated]

Hope You Like Trackpads, Because Apple Is Killing Off The Magic Mouse [Updated]

We’ve gotten word from a previously reliable source that Apple is discontinuing the Magic Mouse in favor of the Magic Trackpad. Our retail source has informed us that Magic Mouse inventory is not being replenished for Apple stores, and that Apple is finally phasing out the Magic Mouse.

In OS X Lion, Apple focused heavily on gestures. To take full advantage of Lion’s speed and efficiency, a trackpad must be used that works with the intuitive gestures Apple has implemented.

Hope You Like Trackpads, Because Apple Is Killing Off The Magic Mouse [Updated]

Apple’s MacBooks feature a trackpad capable of 10 finger gestures, and the Magic Trackpad was introduced last year with the same functionality for desktop machines, like the iMac.

It makes sense that Apple would phase out the Magic Mouse, as OS X is clearly becoming a gesture based OS. A recent report predicted that iOS and OS X would merge into one operating system for both mobile and desktop in as early as 2012.

The Magic Trackpad is currently available for $69.00 from Apple.

Update: Our source now informs us that while the Magic Mouse disappeared from inventory earlier today, it has now been resurrected with a new part number, which may imply an upgrade. I’m sure we’re not alone in saying we’re glad the rumors of the Magic Mouse’s demise have proven to be an exaggeration.

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  • Alex Reich

    How odd. I bought a Magic Mouse the other day because I’d been wanting one, turns out I prefer it over the Magic Trackpad.

  • Honey Badger

    I still need a mouse. The trackpad does not give me the fine control that I need in my Adobe Creative Suite apps. I guess I be using a 3rd party mouse then.

  • Peter Zoon

    I don’t mind them killing off the Magic Mouse as it’s too flat for my taste. A trackpad is even worse though. I can’t establish any accuracy with those things. Glad I still have a bulky old Logitech mouse as a backup.

  • Elliot George

    Hmm, I completely understand where they are coming from, but I don’t want to have to use a crappy third-party mouse when i’m using Photoshop or playing an FPS. I love my magic mouse.

  • toddgarvin

    As a designer, the mouse is a must. I actually like the magic mouse. I tried to switch to the pad at home, but the wife was having none of it. She prefers a mouse. So, I can see them not making a new mouse anytime soon, but why kill off something that is selling?

  • toddgarvin

    As a designer, the mouse is a must. I actually like the magic mouse. I tried to switch to the pad at home, but the wife was having none of it. She prefers a mouse. So, I can see them not making a new mouse anytime soon, but why kill off something that is selling?

  • _Escape_Artist

    Copy+Paste what every other designer in the world will say.  We need a mouse.

  • Casper B. Hansen

    That would be utterly stupid. Imagine playing games, like Diablo 3, with a trackpad … It sounds ridiculous, and I certainly hope they’re going to introduce a revision of it rather than just cutting the option for a mouse, especially a touch mouse, since it is a great mouse for working in productivity apps like Photoshop.

  • JeffBenjam

    That’s INSANE. I have both, and I pretty much hate the trackpad. Precision control for editing? Um, no.

  • facebook-602274890

    there’s nothing that says you can’t use a USB mouse or even another bluetooth mouse with your Mac.  I use a USB mouse for playing Eve Online, but for everything else I use my trackpad.  

  • Akula971

    Got a proper mouse for CAD work. Tried a Magic Mouse, thought it was tedious to use. If Apple continues along the course they have taken over the last couple of years, then I can see myself hanging onto old kit (as long as it does the job), or heavens forbid going back to windows. This the third mouse I’ve tried from, one button (fail), wireless mighty mouse, scroll ball kept getting fouled up (fail) and the Magic mouse, which does not feel right in my hand (fail). But they will keep changing things and people will keep buying, to have the latest shiny shiny. Who knows, one day they might get it right?

  • livehappy8

    I love the magic mouse and dislike the flat trackpad

  • AlterThending

    I am mad by this I love my Magic Mouse and don’t plan to get a trackpad. Let’s hope this mouse lasts forever! Plus with Lion the Magic Mouse FINALLY gets some use and now it’s going away. Lame I say! Lame!

  • theguycalledtom

    Can anyone point me to another mouse that allows touch scrolling “sideways”.  As a video editor, I need a mouse that is easier to scroll sideways than tilting a scroll wheel.

  • Abram Lloyd Siegel

    The magic trackpad, imho, is not ergonomically designed well. It practically gave me carpal tunnel in the 5 minutes I tried it out in the store. Not a big fan of this news at all.

  • Mariano Iannuzzi

    I hope this is BS because the Magic Mouse is a great device….

  • Rxcketeer

    i don’t believe this. I think its good to have both.

  • Andrew Korf

    when my magic mouse decides to connect – i cant live it out it. I dont see this working out for apple.

  • LTodd820

    A trackpad sounds intriguing but I need my mouse for Photoshop, as I can’t see how a trackpad could offer me the same sort of precision my mouse does.

  • Cowicide

    Just make a version that actually has a much higher arch to it and increase sales.  Only reason I haven’t bought one, it that the arch of the thing is way, way too low and contributes to strain (at least for me and many others I’ve heard from as well).  For some it’s fine the way it is or they live with strain and think that’s normal.

    Otherwise, yeah… kill it, I don’t care.

  • Cowicide

    Just needs a much, much higher arch to it.  The “slim” look may look stylish, but it’s absolutely stupid ergonomically.

  • John Neumann

    I saw this happening but don’t like it. I have both sitting here beside my design station and the only use I can find for the trackpad ($38 from Ebay, no way was I paying $70!) is web browsing. The Magic Mouse however has a habit of wearing its little pads down to nubs after a wile, even when using a proper surface under it. 

    Lucky for me, I just ordered a new (refurb) iMac that comes with a fresh MM. 

    Trackpad and design work, not happening. I guess in another year or two its back to Logitech for an inelegant but useful input device. 

  • iPhoneA2 ? [ iA2 ]

    We have to be ready for the merge of iOS and OSX, and for this you will have to use the trackpad, i do it for years. The only mouse that is in my house is jerry, when my children watch TV. Mouse = RIP (after writing my comment I read the entire article, totally agree)

  • Cowicide

    Imagine getting a 3rd party mouse.  It’s what I use and I love it.  If Apple wants to make an ergnonomical mouse one of these days that actually has a sufficient arch to it, then I’ll get interested.

  • Cowicide

    Agreed.  But I hope they fix it instead of killing it.  They just need to add a much, much higher arch to the thing and then I’d gladly buy the damn thing.

  • Gheedsgreed

    Your using it (your mac) wrong.

  • Cowicide

    Sales probably are lackluster.  Plenty of people that would buy it if it had an ergonomical arch to it have been alienated.  I think it’s stupid they are discontinuing it when all they have to do is admit they made a mistake and increase the arch.

    But, whatever, I just use a third party mouse instead.

  • Joshua Stockwell

    I think you need to spend more time with it. At first it made my hand sore, but that was because I wasn’t used to the motion. Now I use it all the time. The only thing it stinks at is long drag and drops. I still have the mouse there to do that motion.

  • Daniel Capizzano

    Thats bogus… I love apple and all, i have an iPhone, apple tv, mac, and i LOVE APPLE. But this is almost taking it too far… first the cd drive on a home theater aimed machine and now a MOUSE for a desktop computer… I’m getting pissed

  • Mike Rathjen

    “Hope You Like Trackpads, Because Apple Is Killing Off The Magic Mouse”

    Thank God for this, because my free-falling Logitech stock really needs a boost.

  • Shaunathan Sprocket

    Ray, what’s your character’s name in eve?  I’ll be happy to 1 on 1 you.  You using a mouse and me using the trackpad.  We’ll see who wins!

  • dcj001

    I’ve been using the trackpad for about a month, and I like it a lot. I won’t go back to a mouse. 

    It is important to adapt to the changing environment.

    To those who are panicking about the Magic Mouse possibly being discontinued: If you already have one, don’t worry. Apple is not coming to your home to talk it back.

  • GC

    Oh give me a break, exactly what “previously reliable” info has this source provided you because this is never gonna happen. Trackpads are tedious to use and even with a laptop most people I know use a mouse if they are using it on a desk. I imagine that the vast majority of people who bought the TrackPad either rarely use it or use it as a secondary device next to their primary device which is still a mouse.

    The first signs of this remotely being a possibility would be for Apple to sell the TrackPad as the default pointing device for their desktop systems like iMacs and Mac Pros and that isn’t happening.

  • Marc-André Meloche

    i also like my magic mouse , i have the trackpad but i dont use it , im not used to work on laptops and dont like it at all …. yuck , the move is yet another prison like the app store ….  it forces u , doesnt let u choose …

  • nthnm

    It makes sense since the newer operating systems make so much use of gestures. And it’s not like there isn’t a mouse on the market if you absolutely hate the trackpad.

  • MichaelTheGeek

    Not surprised.

  • prof_peabody

    People keep saying this about the arch, but the higher arch would make most of the multi-touch gestures even more impossible than they are now, which is kind of the reason they are discontinuing it.  Replacing it with a higher arched one wouldn’t solve anything except make plain old scrolling slightly, slightly easier.  That’s not the point.

  • Tom McGrath

    Sad as I am to see the Magic Mouse go (obviously Apple now things that mice are no longer needed), it won’t affect me much. As the only precision work I ever do on a Mac is using Pro/Engineer (Creo Elements/Pro now) or another form of CAD software, I have to use a third party mouse, because you need the scrollwheel for Pro/Engineer.

  • Greg_in_Dallas

    I have been using a 3rd party mouse since day one since Apple thinks we all have hands of a 5 year old.  My guess is this is a mouse refresh.  It will be a flat tile that you roll around on the desk while giving you the track pad feature on top.  

    Hey!  Doesn’t that sound like an iPhone that you use like a mouse?  Hhumm.

  • prof_peabody

    People are over-reacting here.  Where I work we can’t use the wireless gear at all so we have always done a special order for the old wired mighty-mouse.  If they are discontinuing the magic mouse, then they will likely be shipping the mighty mouse or some kind of mighty mouse replacement instead.  Users would still be given a choice of trackpad or mouse when they order the computer.  

  • prof_peabody

    Jeepers, how many times are you going to post to this one thread about how it should be more arched?  Beat a dead horse much?  BTW – your wrong. ;)

  • mrman208

    *You’re* doing it wrong.

  • mrman208

    Or maybe *you’re* wrong.

  • crateish

    Not surprised. My Magic Mouse is gathering dust next to my Magic Trackpad.

    I’m close to annoyed, because when the MM came out, there were plenty of rumors about the MT coming.

  • RicharDeanAreMe

    Dumbest idea ever.  A mouse is the only way to go.  I tried using the trackpad.  The experience was not that great.  Both together sure, but, no mouse at all…..Failure.

  • Don Pope

    No thanks. I’ll keep my trackball.

  • MacGoo

    Really like my MM, and not yet convinced that more and more gestures are a good thing. That being said, I’m willing to be convinced. C’mon Apple, convince me.

  • Kristian Bjornstad

    totally the opposite for me…  I was really suffering before I got the magic mouse…  but since I switched I have been pain free and loving it.  I do think the trackpad will make it even better though when I finally get it. (no plans now)

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    I own both the Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse and have used both with Lion equipped Macs. The verdict: the Magic Mouse sucks. Sure, the Magic Mouse was great for Snow Leopard but that was only because Snow Leopard was a fairly weak touch optimized OS. I mean, it did what it did well, but Lion is a touch based OS. So much so that the Magic mouse is just useless. When I use my magic mouse with my MacBook Pro, I find myself having to use the built in trackpad more than the actual mouse. I eventually just gave up using the Magic mouse because the software for the trackpad is so fine-tuned with the OS using anything else just feels counterproductive.

    Having said all of that, Apple must be really hard headed to discontinue the Magic Mouse. First of  all, the Magic Mouse may not do every gesture based action but it does enough to the point where you know you’re using OS X and not Windows. It can still offer a Lion-essque experience for those who are switching over from PCs and want a mouse. Second, it’s Apple last wireless mouse. Some people don’t want to mess with the touch side of Lion. For those people, they’ll probably want to use a traditional mouse. Okay, so, it’s a touch sensitive mouse, it’s still closer to a traditional mouse than a normal trackpad. Finally, some applications just work better with a mouse. I love Apple trackpads, they are most certainly the best trackpads in the business but at the end of the day, when I play Starcraft 2, I’m not using the trackpad. I can probably benefit more from owning a gaming mouse but I like the Magic Mouse as an idea. I like how it’s a hybrid product. It bridges the gap between traditional PC and Macs. It’s way too early to kill the Magic Mouse. At the very least they can introduce an updated Wireless Mighty Mouse (Apple mouse). I’m more worried that Apple won’t have a wireless mouse for the public to buy.

  • JTIMMONS

    Have they considered the ergonomics? I use an adaptive keyboard and while the one-finger, two-finger stuff is okay that  pinching gesture is going to be murder.

  • lsls67
  • TechTeich

    Ehh, here we go again apple! Screw the magic trackpad, the mouse is much, much better (I own both). The trackpad is counter intuitive on a computer. Better start stocking up on magic mice now :P

  • Wayne_Luke

    Don’t think the trackpad beats the mouse when it comes to top-end gaming. Luckily other manufacturers will continue making mouse and trackball peripherals for Macs, even if Apple doesn’t.

  • Wayne_Luke

    I can scroll left and right with the tilt wheel on my Logitech mouse. Tilt it left, scroll left. Tilt it right, scroll right.

  • lsls67
  • Terrance Joseph

    I just paid $21.87 for an iPaad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://to.ly/aT8h

  • Michael Vlaming

    The day the Magic Mouse dies will be a sad one. Sure the trackpad is fine, but for some uses it just isn’t up to par. Not only that, some of us (me included) strongly prefer the usage of a mouse over the trackpad.

  • wayzom

    I agree, I just ordered a trackpad for my desktop because I miss all the gestures I get to do on my laptop.

  • unusedcrayon

    Wow, i’m kinda amazed how bad most of you are with trackpads. I can play though any game with my MBP’s trackpad. Trackpads are fine for precision work, the only problem is people aren’t used to them.

  • Bill S.

    Could it be that Apple is discontinuing the wired Mighty Mouse and not the more recent Magic Mouse?

  • wayzom

    I don’t play eve, but games are the only place I have struggled some without a mouse. I have learned to just about mouse turn in Wow with a trackpad, but it is very awkward.

  • Megazine

    About time, I can’t stand to use a mouse anymore. If there’s a computer with only a mouse, I won’t touch it.

  • Aaron Brophy

    just set the track speed faster & it’s fine for that.

  • Michael

    I love the trackpad for almost everything I do, but I too have a “bulky old” Logitech mouse as a backup. Sometimes a mouse just feels right.

  • lwdesign1

    I’ve used a Kensington trackball (the TurboMouse and ExpertMouse) for 20 years and swear by it. It’s terrific for Photoshop retouching and creating pen tool clipping paths in Photoshop and drawing in Illustrator. Highly recommend it if you’ll be mouseless in the future. My wife used a mouse for years until hers broke, then temporarily borrowed (under protest) one of my trackballs. I got her another mouse a week later but she wouldn’t give me back the trackball. Once you get used to it, you’ll probably never let it go.

  • bill42

    Boy what a bunch of kids here who fear change. Apple didn’t invent the mouse technically, but they GAVE it to the world, by introducing the world’s first mouse-operated computer, the Macintosh. They also gave us the 3 1/4 inch floppy too, at about the same time. Do you guys miss the floppy drive much? When apple invented the trackpad and put it on a laptop to replace the trackball, did you all cry and scream then too? I bought the trackpad a week ago when I installed Lion and I for one could never go back to a mouse. The trackpad makes everything faster and smoother. Just one pinch to open launchpad and you’ll be hooked. Working with full screen apps and swiping from app to app changes the way you use your computer for the first time since, well, 1984. It is true that the trackpad is not precise enough for photoshop, but a mouse is certainly no better! Ever try signing your name with a mouse? How does your signature look? If you use photoshop, you need a Wacom tablet. Mine now sits forward with the trackpad next to my keyboard. The mouse is in the drawer.

  • Apple_News

    Check out this great apple blog!

    http://applefanboynews.com/

  • Swift2

    I’ve been fighting the Trackpad for a long time. I’m one of the clueless with Macbooks. I’ve never liked pads much. But two things have happened: one, I have a Mac mini tied to my TV, and a Bluetooth trackpad is the bomb; and then there’s Lion, which brings real usefulness of gestures to the desktop.

  • MacAdvisor

    Exactly! Does anyone at Apple ever trying to work Photoshop with a trackpad? Even InDesign is SO much easier with a mouse, than with a trackpad. I think all the people at Belkin are smiling at this news. 

  • lsls67
  • lsls67
  • Paul Shovlin

    My Macbook Pro already has a multi-gesture trackpad. It does not have a mouse (except for the Magic Mouse I use and love).

  • Samuraiartguy

    Well, since I have farily decent sized MAN hands, I found the magic mouse teeny and cramped for gestures and practical mousing. It’s also an something of an ergo disaster, too low and flat, even though I realized that you’re supposed to grip it further back with the fingertips centered in the top half for gesturing.  I found the trackpad a much better input device and take to the new Lion gestures much better with it. The trackpad has the room to maneuver for the sweepy gestures and … um… MAN hands. 

    I kind of prefer a traditional mouse for mousey bits, you know, track, clicky clicky…  But Apple’s never hit it out of the park with me and their mice ever since the iMac “hockey puck.” The oval Apple Pro mouse was better, and decent looking, but the USB
    cables on then were stupid flimsy and no strees relief collars at the
    mouse end. Inexcuasble in an $69 peripheral. The first thing that happens with Apple mice is that they go into the desk drawer of Dead Tech and I nick out to Office Depot and get a decent two button ergonomic Logitech mouse with a scrolll wheel.

    But NEITHER is best for precision graphics work. Graphics tablet, people. Go Wacom. If not for the graphics tablet, I’d have carpal tunnel up to my frakkin ELBOWS.

  • rhinofeed

    Okay, on this point Apple is wrong. When you’re using a DESKTOP computer, you want DESKTOP peripherals  Why are they trying to mold a mobile OS into a desktop OS? They are two separate things.

  • Samuraiartguy

    Logitech loves you, man. But seriously, been using 3rd party mice for years. (See other post) But haven’t you heard? If you’re a professional user, Apple’s just not that into you.

  • Samuraiartguy

    Well,
    since I have farily decent sized MAN hands, I found the magic mouse
    teeny and cramped for gestures and practical mousing. It’s also an
    something of an ergo disaster, too low and flat, even though I realized
    that you’re supposed to grip it further back with the fingertips
    centered in the top half for gesturing.  I found the trackpad a much
    better input device and take to the new Lion gestures much better with
    it. The trackpad has the room to maneuver for the sweepy gestures and
    … um… MAN hands. 

    I kind of prefer a traditional mouse for mousey bits, you know, track,
    clicky clicky…  But Apple’s never hit it out of the park with me and
    their mice ever since the iMac “hockey puck.” The oval Apple Pro mouse
    was better, and decent looking, but the USB
    cables on then were stupid flimsy and no strees relief collars at the
    mouse end. Inexcuasble in an $69 peripheral. The first thing that
    happens with Apple mice is that they go into the desk drawer of Dead
    Tech and I nick out to Office Depot and get a decent two button
    ergonomic Logitech mouse with a scrolll wheel.

    But NEITHER is best for precision graphics work. Graphics tablet,
    people. Go Wacom. If not for the graphics tablet, I’d have carpal tunnel
    up to my frakkin ELBOWS.

     

  • Zulvianes Budiman

    A mouse would still be in its own journey longer than we can expect. Trust me, they wouldn’t do that.

  • Luis Bezanilla

    [URL=http://elitemultimedia.mobi/]Have they considered the ergonomics? [/url] I use an adaptive keyboard and while the one-finger, two-finger stuff is okay that  pinching gesture is going to be murder.

  • Luis Bezanilla

    Just needs a much, much higher arch to it.  The “slim” look may look stylish, but it’s absolutely stupid ergonomically. http://elitemultimedia.mobi/

  • HerbalEd

    I am a fan of cultofmac but you guys should be like real journalists and actually do some fact checking before rushing misinformation to “press.” As in … the Magic Mouse is not being discontinued … at least not anytime soon.

  • TashaG

    IN my experience a Good quality 3rd party mouse is much better than anything Apple has put out. Both in Ergonomics and in the amount of control you have over the mouse. Not to mention better quality, and high resolution

  • facebook-602274890

    typical Eve Trolls are typical.  I never said you can’t use your trackpad to play Eve.  Silly lowsec pirate, 7 year old characters are not the droids you’re looking for.

  • lsla38
  • Elliot George

    In terms of out-of-the-box functionality you are probably right, but with the right software you can take full advantage of the multi-touch surface. I use jitouch. I feel in love with it’s ease of use in five minutes, and could never buy another mouse unless it had it. Looks like i’ll be stuck with the magic mouse for a while then. 

  • Scott Kellum

    Totally agree, I have never used an Apple mouse I really loved, and yes I have used the magic mouse, jitouch looks like a great option if you like the magicmouse but I don’t like the ergonomics or gestural control on a mouse.

  • wakao71
  • snookasnoo

    Posting a hyped article with no facts.  Stay classy COM.  Idiots.

  • mikhailovitch

    Commercial nonsense spam. Please ignore.

  • Ponter Boddit

    It’s obvious that Apple is more interested in aesthetics than in ergonomics, which is why their mice and keyboards and shiny screens are both “cool” and unhealthy to use. Aesthetics sells units, ergonomics only gets you the occasional law suit.

  • James Algie

    the source is a joke.
    What normally happens when stocks of Apple gear get low?
    Something gets updated, der
    LOL @ everyone freaking out

  • GordunRamsie

    Agree. The story should’ve been clarified instead of misleading, then backtracking. It’s the author’s responsibility to WAKE UP!

    IT’S RAWWWWWW!!! WHERE IS THE SNAPPAHHH?

  • Cowicide

    Prof. Peabody, I’ve tested gestures with my mouse with an ergonomic arch to it.  While I practice them on my mouse, the much taller arch supports my metacarpophalyngeal joint where my middle finger meets my palm.  It’s the padded area just above the center of your palm.  That not only supports my hand while my fingers do gestures it also stabilizes them and makes my gestures far more accurate and effortless.  No strain, no pain, fast and furious gestures that’ll make your head spin.

    When I try to same thing with the far too thin, far too flat ridiculous Magic Mouse there’s no support there at all.  For a child and other extremely small person including some more petite women, maybe that’s perfect.  But, not for the average adult hand.

    I’ve tested both this and the Magic Mouse, have you?  And, so you know, I’ve been using gestures extensively before they were ever even a twinkle in Apple’s eye for well over a decade with 3rd party solutions.

    You’re wrong on this.

  • Cowicide

    >Dead horse much?

    People said the exact same thing to me when I was harping on the need for gestures back in the day.  I was proven right and they were proven wrong.

    I’ve answered your errant hypothesis with some actual testing/facts up earlier in this thread if you’re interested.  In a nutshell, the very opposite of what you say is true.  The arch makes gestures incredibly easier to do and I know this because I’ve actually tried it.

    I’d love to get a Magic Mouse with an ergonomic arch.  I hope Apple comes around and uses more common sense in the design, if not, I’ll happily continue to use my third party mouse.

    You might want to actually try something (as I have) next time before you deride it.

  • Rithwik Raghu Ram

    Apple Magic mouse Vs Microsoft Touch mouse  http://morldtechgossips.blogsp

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