Today in Apple history: Mighty Mouse goes wireless — with lasers!


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The images Apple submitted to the FCC of its new mouse.
Photo: Federal Communications Commission/Apple

July 24: Today in Apple history: Apple Mighty Mouse goes wireless -- with lasers! July 24, 2006: The world gets it first glimpse of Apple’s new wireless Mighty Mouse, a multibutton Bluetooth device with super-accurate laser tracking.

Photos of the accessory come to light through an Apple filing with the Federal Communications Commission. Apple launches the device the very next day.

Make your Mighty Mouse much more ergonomic [Week’s Newest Deals]


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Upgrade your Magic Mouse's ergonomics, access a massive icon library, and more.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Just in time for the beginning of a new month, a bunch of great new deals just came into the Cult of Mac Store. This week, we’ve got a massively discounted icon library for designers, a combination USB charger and car locator, a cable-free service that lets you keep your favorite cable channels, and a set of foam cushions for your Mighty Mouse to make it a lot more ergonomic.

Apple’s First Multi-Button Mouse Patent Is A Trip Down Memory Lane



We’ve seen a number of classic patents published recently, referring to iconic Apple inventions, and this week is no different.

The recently published “Multi-Button Mouse” patent refers to Apple’s first steps away from the single-button mouse that Steve Jobs had insisted on ever since the days of the Lisa computer in the early 1980s.

The patent describes what would eventually become the Apple Mighty Mouse, which shipped with iMacs from 2005, before being replaced in 2009 by the multi-touch Magic Mouse currently used.

Microsoft Already Has a Multitouch Mouse That’s Compatible With OS X Lion



Can you not wait to start using the multi-touch gestures in OS X Lion? With Lion set to drop tomorrow morning, everyone is thinking about their Mac setup for Apple’s new desktop OS.

If you don’t favor Apple’s own Magic Mouse and yet don’t want to use a trackpad on a day-to-day basis, don’t worry, there’s a new mouse in town from Microsoft. And yes, we did say Microsoft.

Dead Apple Mouse a Real Hang-Up



Ah, the dead mighty mouse. Who hasn’t been there once or twice?

This pic made me smile, my last Apple mouse had too many trackball issues and I’ve used no-name one ever since…

Photo used under Creative Commons license, thanks to riddle on Flickr, who also tagged the photo of the deceased mouse “fifty bucks on a rope.”