The Mouse That Roared
I was at the Seattle Apple Store just yesterday scooping up some iMacs, Powerbooks, and Cinema Displays for my new company, and as I was about to pay, Jason — the Apple Store Business Consultant — asked me if I wanted the “wireless versions” of my iMacs.
Me: “You mean with wireless mouse and keyboard?”
Apple Store Jason: “Yes. For $60 more, there is a version with a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard.”
Me: “Well if you guys would finally put out a mouse that was of any use to me, I’d probably take you up on that, but for now, I’ll stick with aftermarket mice.”
Apple Store Jason: You mean you want a multi-button mouse?
Me: Yeah. If you don’t want to give in on the whole “multi-button” thing, how about at least making a mouse that could sense where you push it and act accordingly?
Apple Store Jason: “Yeah, that would be nice.”
Later on that day…
After setting our Macs up at the new office, we were paid a visit from a personal friend of Steve Jobs (or PFOSJ)… a person who is also involved in the formation of our company. Here is the conversation which followed:
PFOSJ: “Alright! You guys are going all Apple!”
Me: “Yeah, totally.”
PFOSJ: “These iMacs are really nice machines, aren’t they?”
Me: “Yes. Can you tell Steve to kill this one-button mouse nonsense already though? It’s getting ridiculous.”
Great day in the mornin’!
Fast-forward about 16 hours to this morning and we now have news of the Mighty Mouse! A multi-function mouse which can sense where you press it and act accordingly! Not only that, but there’s an omni-directional scroll-wheel as well, and pressure-sensitive side buttons.
I know you PC people out there are going to laugh at how happy this makes us Mac people (being that you’ve had multi-button mice for years), but it really is a momentous occasion. The one-button mouse was the last indisputable disadvantage of Apple hardware, and also the last vestige of stubbornness left over from the pre OS X days.
The one-button mouse is dead. Long live the Mighty Mouse!