The Magic Mouse Is Resurrected With A New Part Number… And May Be Better Than Ever

The Magic Mouse Is Resurrected With A New Part Number… And May Be Better Than Ever

Earlier today, we told you that Apple was looking to discontinue the Magic Mouse in favor for the Magic Trackpad. This report was based off an inside source confirming that Apple was phasing out the Magic Mouse’s part number from its inventory.

Our source in Apple inventory has followed up with us, and it appears that Apple has instead discontinued the Magic Mouse’s old part number in favor for a new one. This move may indicate an update to the Magic Mouse, with the most logical prediction being better integration with advanced gestures in OS X Lion.

We apologize for sounding the alarm too early, but it looks as though the Magic Mouse isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. This is good news for the many people that still prefer a physical mouse to Apple’s Magic Trackpad.

It’s a rare occurrence for Apple to totally discontinue a part number for a product, so we can only assume that there’s something different planned for the Magic Mouse. It would be nice to see an updated mouse with support for some of the more complicated gestures in Lion.

Apple offers the Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, and a wired mouse called the Apple Mouse.

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  • Cjb

    HALLELUJAH!!!

  • gmcalpin

    Bluetooth 4 is almost a given. What other changes could it have?

  • QandnotU

    Apple is moving fast, but getting rid of the mouse is wholly premature.

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    Good! As much as the Magic Trackpad was made for Lion, it would be sad to see the Magic Mouse have thus short of a life. IT’S STILL A WITTO BABY!!!!!!! And you can’t kill the baby close to her/his second birthday month (October).

  • AnupR

    I Love the Magic “baby” Mouse !!!! Superb quality ! Had a trackpad but sold it as it was unusable while coding or working on images. the click was too hard !

  • prof_peabody

    Unless they change the design rather significantly, it will never support the gestures in Lion.  It’s difficult to do the two finger swipe from Leopard let alone any of the Lion stuff.  

  • thbthttt

    So, what am I going to do now with the five I just bought?!?

  • djrobsd

    The only thing good that Apple could do with this mouse is re-design it so it looks ergonomic rather then looking sexy… Apples input devices all suck for ergonomics…

  • trifero

    You apologize for the alarm too early. Now all you know is that it has a new part number and…

    “..may be better than ever……”

     Pretty good.

  • Jorge Quintanilla

    Using professional applications with a magic mouse or with a magic trackpad is virtually impossible. I’ll wait until Apple can figure that problem, and then i’ll trust them in that department. Until then I’ll keep using third party mouses

  • Cowicide

    > Apples input devices all suck for ergonomics…

    While I agree with you on this mouse, that’s quite a broad (and wholly inaccurate statement thar).

  • se7endreams

    sell ‘em on amazon or ebay

  • Zulvianes Budiman

    Told you so… :p

  • Craig Clark

    give it a rechargeable battery that can be charged by usb cable to your mac. why have they not done this already? seems so simple.

  • Cyril

    I just recorded your prediction on Beansight.  We will see if you were right in few weeks. http://www.beansight.com/predi

  • gerenm63

    Gee, I do it every day — still photo, audio and video editing.

  • iPhoneA2 ? [ iA2 ]

    we are free.I prefer the trackpad, and I liked the idea.but above all freedom.Apple, let us choose, not take away our freedom.

  • lsla38
  • OS2toMAC

    “third party mouses”

    Don’t you mean “third party meeces”. :)

  • jnjnjn3

    Ergonomically the best mouse by far l have ever used.
    It’s probably the best mouse you can buy. It will be hard – even for Apple – to best this.

    J.

  • LTodd820

    Well, my Photoshop isn’t the professional super-expensive version, but my mouse works great with it.  It took me a bit of practice once I made the switch to Apple and the magic mouse, but now I can hardly remember not using them.

  • Mark Biallas

    I did the same thing, in a panic, I ordered one. I guess Apple will see a surge in purchases

  • DavidWMartin

    People should consider the importance of the mouse. It is especially important for people with some disabilities that for whatever reason cannot handle the magic tragic pad, but are better off with something they can hold firmly in their hand.

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  • kylerotting

    used to work for apple store. part numbers change all the time. sometimes just because of new packaging. this isnt a big deal.

  • lsla38
  • ZephyrSP

    The joys of rumor-based reporting

  • Bob Forsberg

    Researched fact based “reporting” would be a welcome change. What comes out on these pages frequently resembles elementary school girl giggling sessions.

  • Michael Black

    My guess is because they want to eliminate as many buttons, cables, and ports as possible.

  • TechTeich

    Well I personally don’t *want* to do any gestures at all so the magic mouse provides all that I need (scrolling with momentum). Have you tried holding your mouse with your 1st and 5th fingers and swiping with your 2nd and 3rd? WOrks fine for me…

  • Sigivald

    You want it to “look” ergonomic?

    Shouldn’t you be demanding it be ergonomic, instead, and telling us what exactly the problem with it is?

    (Being an all-button touch-surface device, one suspects it might have slightly different ergonomic needs than a device with fixed buttons and a scroll wheel, but that’s just me…)

  • Sigivald

    Considering that any bluetooth or USB mouse in the world (at least, any that use the standard HID profiles) will work with a Mac, I think that even if Apple wasn’t selling a mouse we’d still have an awful lot of freedom…

  • GordunRamsie

    ALEX! Step forward. Why should you stay in Hell’s Kitchen? 

    Alex: Umm…I wrote a story about the Magic Mouse disappearing, only to write a follow up that it’s not. 

    So you CREATED a news story? Take OFF your jacket–and leave Hell’s Kitchen. 

    Dude you just got Fireball’d and are the laughing stock of the tech universe with this BS story, called out by The Loop and Jason Snell. Ouch. 

    WAKE UP!!

  • someToast

    Shhh! You’re blowing the cover of their “inside source” embedded deep in the heart of “Apple inventory!”

  • Greg Robertson

    Replace reporter with retard.

  • Tcrowns

    I’m sure tomorrow this story will change again, and again the following day. Maybe doing some actual proper journalism instead of firing off stories on a whim is in order.

  • studuncan

    Call it a cheap lesson not to believe rumors?

  • ajackson216

    This has to be one of the stupidest rumors I have ever read on the internet. Discontinuing their only mouse? Seriously? I’ll never trust a single other rumor from this site again. How dense are you?

  • wjohn1075

    There must be THOUSANDS of people who have nruro. problems such as Parkinson’s & E.T. who are unable to use a trackpad or Magic Mouse. I have two twobutton/scroll whell mouses, one I use and the other in reserve.
    I hope Steve J. listens to tis one.

  • freediverx

    A light touch on the trackpad is too hard?

  • Mike Bell

    This is why I stopped reading Cult of Mac a year or so ago: Cult Of Mac is ALWAYS wrong and you guys just make shit up.

    If I ever wanted disinformation about Apple, I’ll check out you guys.

  • closetnerd

    better touch tool is a nice little addition that opens up a new world of gestures to the magic mouse

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