updated 09:50 am EDT, Fri October 2, 2009
Could arrive as soon as 2009
The Mighty Mouse could receive "significant" changes in the near future, possibly by the end of the year in order to coincide with new iMacs, a report claims. Authors cite sources saying the current version of the mouse is on a two-week backorder through at least one of Apple's direct fulfillment channels. The situation is unusual, given otherwise uninterrupted supply over the course of the past two years.
It is also believed that CEO Steve Jobs now wants to apply multi-touch technology to the mouse, primarily as a way to replace the middle scrollball. The ball can quickly accumulate dirt and grime, becoming less and less responsive until it stops working entirely. Rather than replace it with a simple touchpad however, it is though that Apple may use touch-sensitive housing, allowing much if not all of the back surface to be used for gestures.
Though not certain, it is suspected that the mouse may lose its current white plastic, which matches the materials in older Macs but not those of modern aluminum ones. It would also complement a rumored new IR remote for updated iMacs, also made of aluminum. Remotes have not been included by default with iMacs since March of this year.