Adapter could theoretically solve problems with switch to Lightning
Apple was won a pair of new patents through the US Patent and Trademark Office. The more significant of the two may be Wireless adapter for interfacing between an accessory and a device. AppleInsider notes that the patent is actually a continuation of one from 2008 simply called Adapter, but describes a more modern implementation that would let media players connect to accessories through a special wireless receiver, whether attached directly to the accessory or sitting separately. The adapter could even adjust to incompatibilities with protocols such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
Images from five designers use textured paint
Microsoft is expanding its Artist Series collection of mice with five new designs. Following on from its work last year, the designs will appear on the top shell of the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500, and be made available as a limited edition model. Works from graphic artists based in the Americas, the United Kingdom, and Australia have been used for the mice.
Six variants to ship in June for $30
Microsoft has introduced the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Studio Series, a lineup of six new mice featuring artistic patterns. The company commissioned several famous artists to produce the patterns, including Kirra Jamison of Melbourne, Australia; Matt Moore of Portland, Maine; Linn Olofsdotter of Portland, Oregon; Mike Perry of Brooklyn, NY; and and Jonny Wan of Sheffield, UK.
Designed for both left- and right-handed use
Computer accessory maker Genius has added two RF wireless mice to its lineup, the Traveler 6000 Wireless Mouse and the the Traveler 6000 Classic Wireless Mouse [website not yet updated], now available in the US and Canada. The two models are identical with one difference: the Classic model features a styled black top cover design, whereas the regular model sports solid color cover in Diamond Black, Royal Blue or Ruby Rose.
Patent would allow context-specific input
A newly published Apple patent application hints at the possibility of a mouse with a multi-touch display, notes Patently Apple. Titled Computer Input Device Including a Display Device, it depicts a mouse with the display mounted on top. While it could simply be used to show information, it could also be used to provide contextual controls, such as a numeric keypad.
Inexpensive option as backup mouse
MacNN has reviewed the Engage Wired Optical Mouse, a low-cost mouse for Macs and PCs sold by OfficeMax. Ergonomics are said to be strong on the medium-sized controller, even for small and large hands. While sensitivity is estimated to be only 400dpi, the device does have a scrollwheel between the left and right buttons. Three other buttons - one behind the scrollwheel and two on the side -- can be used in Windows, but not on a Mac.
Logitech, Microsoft continue to lead market
Apple doubled its share of US mice sales during the month of November, according to data compiled by the NPD Group. The company achieved a 10 percent marketshare, a first in its history. Sales are said to have been fueled by the introduction Magic Mouse, even when disregarding the units bundled with updated 21.5- and 27-inch iMacs.
Drag and swipe features fail to work
In spite of the relative newness of the Magic Mouse, some complaints have begun emerging on Apple's support forums. Anticipated drag and swipe functions are sometimes said to be failing, leaving only regular click commands available. When the special wireless mouse software is applied, a Mac may still fail to detect a Magic Mouse.
Accessory arrives behind necessary software update
Apple has finally begun shipping its new Magic Mouse wireless controller. The necessary software updates for Leopard and Snow Leopard arrived on Tuesday, enabling the operating systems to recognize the Multi-Touch gestures for scrolling, swiping, clicking and double clicking.
Magic Mouse more significant, says columnist
Apple's new MacBook and iMacs are solid but merely evolutionary products, argues Wall Street Journal columnist Walt Mossberg. The MacBook is praised for incorporating the MacBook Pro's large trackpad, and being "fast and reliable," booting cold in 22 seconds. It is also described as lighter than its predecessor at 4.7 pounds, and armed with a powerful battery, though likely to fall short of Apple's promised seven-hour lifespan in most cases.
Imposes definite deadline on update's release
The forthcoming Mac OS X 10.6.2 update will be required for Magic Mouse compatibility in Snow Leopard, an Apple support document reveals. The mouse's user guide -- quietly published on Apple's website yesterday -- mentions that a "full range of features" will not work without v10.6.2. Leopard users must have a combination Mac OS X 10.5.8 and the unreleased Wireless Mouse Software Update 1.0.
New standard controller for iMacs
Apple has confirmed the existence of the Magic Mouse, a new Mac controller. The device is said to borrow the multi-touch technology used in iPhones and MacBooks, eliminating the need for a scrollwheel, as well as any mechanical buttons. Users instead perform various taps and swiping gestures, which execute configurable controls.
Apple may have to change mouse name
Years after having taken both Apple and CBS to court, Man & Machine has announced that it has at last been awarded registration of the "Mighty Mouse" trademark. The small accessory maker previously filed a 14-page complaint, claiming it had developed a desktop waterproof mouse under the same name over a year prior to the debut of Apple's product. The company also accused Apple of intentionally buying up search keywords for the phrase "Mighty Mouse," which further diverted people from finding their Mighty Mouse model or its website.
Devices simulate buttons, gestures
Microsoft is exploring the concept of multi-touch mice, a new research paper reveals. The paper is being presented today as part of the User Interface Software and Technology conference, and identifies five different prototypes, each based on different sensor technologies. The devices also rely on different ergonomics, and in some cases enable different functions.
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.
Belkin Comfort Mice
Accessory maker Belkin has announced a new line of notebook peripherals, the Comfort Mice. The key model, the Bluetooth Comfort Mouse, is designed to fit both left and right hands, and connects to a Bluetooth-ready computer using the 2.4GHz band. A wheel permits vertical and horizontal scrolling, and tracking is made more precise through the use of a laser sensor. Black and white variants are available.
SpacePilot PRO mouse
3Dconnexion has begun selling the SpacePilot PRO, a mouse the company is considering its newest flagship. The device is designed explicitly with engineering tasks in mind, and revolves around a "cap" controller, which can be tilted, rotated or pushed in order to navigate through 3D environments. Separating the PRO from other 3Dconnexion mice is the LCD Workflow Assistant, a color display that by default lets users browse key assignments for different programs, or view calendars and e-mail from Outlook. The Assistant's software can be customized for varying purposes.
Logitech V450 Nano mouse
Logitech has announced a new mouse for notebooks, the V450 Nano. The mouse uses a laser sensor to achieve greater precision than optical mice, and like other Nanos operates wirelessly, using a tiny 2.4GHz receiver that plugs into a notebook's USB 2.0 port. This receiver can also be stored inside the mouse, in order to prevent it from being knocked out of a notebook during travel. Controls include left and right buttons plus a scrollwheel.