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Magic Mouse being dropped in favor of Magic Trackpad?

updated 04:45 pm EDT, Thu August 4, 2011

May be sign of Apple pushing OS X toward gestures

Apple is discontinuing the Magic Mouse, throwing its weight behind the Magic Trackpad instead, a retail source claims. In detail the person alleges that Apple Stores are not receiving new Magic Mouse inventory, and that Apple is in fact phasing the peripheral out of its product lines.

While the claim has not been confirmed, Apple has been working toward making gestures a central part of the Mac OS, rather than an extra. In Lion, for instance, users can swipe to switch between programs running in fullscreen mode. The OS as a whole borrows concepts from Apple's touch-based iOS, as evidenced by features like Launchpad and iPad-style native applications.

Analysts and others have been conjecturing that Apple intends to merge iOS with Mac OS. Many obstacles are in the way though, such as the cost of desktop- or notebook-sized touchscreens and the need to retain the flexibility of Macs while offering the simplicity of iOS. The latter platform is currently locked down in many respects for the sake of security and a consistent experience.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -4

    of course

    If users don't like it, they can just get a mouse from somewhere else. I'm sure in 20 years we'll hear how Apple was the lead in throwing out the mouse (like they led the way to the floppy demise).

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +5

    only...

    I have never been able to get my finger to give me the fine control as a mouse when it comes to anything on my ipod touch or mac.

  1. J2-Droid

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2011

    +5

    That's ashame

    It's the most innovative product Apple has come out with since the iPod Touch.

  1. Makosuke

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +3

    Wouldn't be shocking

    I wouldn't be shocked if Apple did indeed decide to focus on touch pads of one sort or another, though I expect 3rd party mice will be supported for the foreseeable future. I personally use both but prefer mice, and trackpads simply aren't a realistic alternative for certain tasks (gaming, some kinds of photo work).

    My money is on some sort of iOS merger in the next five years, as well, and while there are definitely people who won't like this, and will switch to Windows (or maybe Linux)--of whom I might be one, depending--the relative market sizes might well make it an acceptable business decision to make.

    That said, Apple isn't likely to want their devs to use another platform, so they're going to have to keep SOMETHING pro-esque available for developers, even if they decide the Photoshop and Final Cut market isn't worth the costs of a forked OS to hold on to.

  1. chas_m

    Moderator

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +4

    While entirely possible ...

    ... let's remind ourselves that it may not be true. The article refers to the claim as exactly that ... a claim, made by one person. It's notable because it MIGHT be true, not because it is in fact happening. Confirmation or denial will come along in due course.

  1. Atgard

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2010

    +1

    Spin-off

    Maybe Apple should spin off its Mac computer division so it can focus on building computers and a real desktop OS, instead of the company being taken over with touch-centric iOS everything?

    Sorry, the needs of a 3.5" touchscreen smartphone user (playing Angry Birds) and a 27" iMac user using their computer for business and productivity are radically different.

  1. Pixelsmack

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2010

    +7

    Relax. Years later you can still buy a USB floppy.

    And attach it to your Mac.

  1. LunarMoon

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2008

    +2

    don't do that to me!

    the problem is this: MagicTrackpad stinks for multiple monitors. I have bought one and returned it after 3 days. Using a MT with multiple monitors require a lot of lift of fingers and slides, even with the acceleration on the maximum ( and I was using BetterTouchTool to help). It also detects false touches. MagicMouse is the best mouse ever created by a company.

  1. Paul Huang

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Sep 1999

    +3

    Wacom tablet comes to the rescue

    The MagicMouse was anything but magical. It was too flat and too small except for kids whose hands are small enough to use it comfortably.

    I wouldn't miss it. I have not used a mouse for 20 years.

  1. kerryb

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +3

    Poof it's gone like magic

    I can just imagine editing photos with Photoshop on a track pad... guess it's time to stock up on mice.

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