Apple's new Magic Mouse - a contradiction in terms?
So Apple is making more money than God right now, and to celebrate they're going to try squeezing even more out of you. There's a new widescreen iMac, a new white MacBook that really should be dropping in price around now, and a new mouse - the Magic Mouse. If only Apple had offered an apology for the old version, it might have softened the blow of asking £55 for the new one.
It gives me no pleasure to say their previous effort was perhaps the worst product Apple ever produced. It was meant to be a sleek, ergonomic design that fitted the natural curves of your fingers. Unless you had a claw for a hand or it was withered like Jeremy Beadle's child paw, that wasn't going to happen - using the mouse meant locking your hand like a crab around it. The physical buttons on either side were placed so as to be inaccessible, clicking the front of the mouse may or may not have provided the left or right-click options you desired.
And then there's the roller ball on top. It filled up with dirt quicker than a hen night in Hull, and was soon rendered unusable. There was no easy way to clean it because the ball couldn't be removed. Oh, and it was wireless so I could enjoy having to re-establish the connection with my Mac several times a week when it disappeared for no good reason. Cheers. All in all, then - shite. I thank sweet baby Jesus mine was a present and I didn't pay £50 for it.
The new Magic Mouse combines iPhone's touch screen technology - allowing gestures and swipes across the top of the mouse without clicking - with the allure of more shiny white plastic no buttons. The kicker is it costs even more than the previous paperweight they sold you. Apple continuously refused to acknowledge there was any fault with the previous model when it clearly was far poorer than other products costing a fraction of the price - there wasn't a product with a lower rating on their own website. So far, I don't know anybody who's prepared to take the gamble on the Magic Mouse this time round.