Apple Mouse


Conventional ball mechanism

Probably the single most significant element that sets Apple mice aside from all other folks is its single button control interface. It was not until eventually 2005 that Apple released a mouse that includes a scroll ball and 4 programmable uttons.

All mice built by them contained a ball-monitoring control mechanism until eventually 2000, when Apple released optical LED dependent control mechanisms. Apple’s hottest mouse employs laser monitoring.


In 1979, Apple was preparing a small business pc and arranged a take a look at with XEROX Parc investigate heart to view some of their experimental technology. It was there they found out the mouse which experienced been included into the graphical user interface (GUI) utilized on the Xerox Alto. They were being so impressed they scrapped their latest ideas and redesigned anything all-around the mouse and GUI.

A single of the biggest challenges was that the a few button Xerox mouse cost about US$400 to make, which was not useful for a customer-dependent individual pc. Apple commissioned Hovey-Kelley to guide them with the mouse design and style, which not only experienced to be redesigned to cost US$25 instead of US$400, but also necessary to be analyzed with genuine customers exterior a laboratory setting to discover how people were being ready to use it. Hundreds of prototypes later on, Apple settled on a single button mouse, roughly the dimension of a deck of cards. With the design and style complete, the running process was adopted to interface with the single button design and style making use of keystrokes in mixture with button clicks to recreate some of the attributes wanted from the first Xerox 3 button design and style.

With the single button mouse design and style recognized for practically 25 decades, the heritage of the Apple Mouse is in essence a museum of design and style and ergonomics. The first mouse was basically a rectangular block of different beige and gray colour and profile for about a ten years. In 1993 Apple redesigned the bundle to be egg-formed, which was commonly copied during the marketplace.[citation necessary] Nevertheless it was even now a device offered only in company gray or (rarely) black. With the launch of the iMac in 1998 the mouse grew to become offered in an array of translucent colours. Apple also concluded the changeover to a fully round design and style.

Two decades later on, Apple switched back again to a a lot more elliptical form and monochromatic black and white design and style. The rubber ball monitoring mechanism was updated with a sound-point out optical process, and its single button was moved out of sight to the base of the mouse. Trying to keep up with the technological developments Apple went wireless in 2003 and two decades later on, while sustaining its legendary design and style style, broke its most controversial implementation in the mouse idea and for the very first time introduced a a single button mouse with five programmable electrostatic sensors and an integrated scroll ball. Even though the Macintosh aftermarket experienced provided these alternatives to discerning consumers for decades, Apple alone only built them complementary with its choices immediately after the passage of substantially time.


All of Apple’s Bluetooth mice have cross-compatibility with practically every Bluetooth able pc, while they are not supported by Apple for use on PCs.

Apple’s USB mice likewise are suitable with approximately all USB equipped devices.

DE-nine serial connector

Prior to USB, Apple designed the Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) interface. Even though some other companies (Sunlight, HP, Subsequent, and many others) accredited Apple’s technology and ADB mice were being fully interchangeable in between them, the mouse interface IBM released on the PS/2 rapidly arrived to dominate the sector and crushed all competition. ADB-to-PS/2 adapters were being usually terribly unusual, though the early decades of Apple’s changeover to USB brought with it a raft of common USB-to-ADB adapters.

Apple’s very first mice utilized a DE-nine serial connection, specific to Apple devices. As the individual pc was even now in its infancy with no expectations, Apple’s mice could be utilized on any process modified to implement similar protocols in its computer software in mixture with a spliced cable as necessary.[citation necessary]


Lisa Mouse (A9M0050)

Macintosh Mouse (beige & Platinum)

The mouse designed for the Apple Lisa was a single of the really very first commercial mice marketed in the market. Integrated with the Lisa process in 1983, it was dependent on the mouse utilized in the 1970s on the Alto pc at Xerox PARC. Unique to this mouse was the use of a metal ball, instead of the standard rubber discovered in subsequent and modern mice. It linked to the CPU by usually means of a normal DE-nine and one of a kind squeeze-launch connector. Even though produced by Apple, it was essentially made by an exterior company, Hovey-Kelley, who developed hundreds of prototypes and done exhaustive testing with concentration teams in order to build the excellent system. Their perseverance compensated off as not only did they bring the design and style in on time and on budget, but the ensuing system remained nearly unchanged for practically twenty decades. It was this mouse that recognized Apple’s mouse as a a single-button system for about twenty decades. Just about every single aspect of the mouse was investigated and produced, from how many buttons to involve, to how loud the simply click should really be. The first situation design and style was Bill Dresselhaus’s and took on an practically Artwork Deco flavor with its official curving strains to coordinate with the Lisa.

Macintosh Mouse (M0100)

The Macintosh has the distinction of launching the mouse which has become the indispensable computing system we know it as these days.[citation necessary] On the other hand, its mouse was minor improved from the first Lisa version and is fully interchangeable. The situation was a a bit darker brown than Lisa’s beige coloring and it experienced much less official strains, with a thick chamfer all-around its edges to match the Macintosh situation. Mechanically, the Lisa’s metal ball was replaced by a rubber a single, but if not linked with the similar DB-nine connectors, while updated with a sq.-form and normal thumb screws. When the Macintosh In addition debuted in 1986, Apple experienced built slight revisions to the mouse mechanism and throughout all products strains, unified the cable connectors and utilized a a lot more rounded form. The subsequent 12 months, Apple at the time all over again unified its products strains by adopting a uniform “Platinum” gray colour for all goods. In 1987 this mouse experienced its final design and style transform, updating the two its colour to Platinum with contrasting dark gray “Smoke” accents and slight mechanism changes.

Apple Mouse IIc

Apple Mouse (IIc)

(M0100) Four months immediately after the Macintosh debut, the Apple IIc was released with the groundbreaking addition of an optional mouse to manipulate normal 80 column text (a feat in and of alone). The mouse was comparable to the Macintosh mouse, while it was in a creamy-beige colour that co-ordinated with the IIc’s shiny off-white situation and experienced a a bit modified design and style which was sleeker than the Macintosh’s blockier form. It also was uniformly the similar colour, reducing the Mac & Lisa’s contrasting taupe accents on the mouse button and cable. Compared with the Macintosh, the IIc Mouse shared a twin purpose port with gaming gadgets like joysticks. In order for the IIc to know what was plugged into it, its mouse experienced to deliver the proper signal. Regardless of these differences, it carried the correct similar product amount as the Macintosh version.

(A2M4015) An Apple Mouse packaged for the IIc, it coincided with a slight transform in the mouse mechanism and connector style.

(A2M4035) In 1988 it took on the similar bodily look and coloring as the Platinum gray Macintosh Mouse. Compared with its predecessors, the United states made variations of the Platinum Macintosh/Apple IIe mouse will do the job on the IIc as well.[citation necessary] All variations of the IIc Mouse will do the job with any Macintosh or Apple II card.[citation necessary] As a final result, Apple briefly marketed the intermediate product as the Apple Mouse optionally for use throughout all platforms.

AppleMouse II (M0100/A2M2050)

By mid 1984 Apple’s dedication to bringing the mouse to its complete products line resulted in the launch of the Apple II Mouse Interface peripheral card.[citation necessary] Considering that this was a focused mouse port, Apple only re-packaged the Macintosh mouse, but with the similar creamy-beige cable and connector utilized on the IIc mouse and bundled it alongside with specific computer software called MousePaint for use with the Apple II, II In addition, and IIe pcs. Like the first IIc mouse, it utilized the similar product amount as the Macintosh. Compared with the Mouse IIc, having said that, it can be interchanged with the Macintosh version, but cannot be utilized on the IIc. Because of to the recognition of the Macintosh and lack of mice, Apple later on repackaged the first Apple Mouse IIc in this bundle as effectively because it was cross-platform suitable.[citation necessary] The AppleMouse II and its successors were being in no way involved as normal devices on any pc.

Apple Mouse (A2M4015)

ADB Mouse

Considering that the first Apple Mouse IIc was suitable throughout all platforms, Apple renamed the mouse in 1985 and presented it as an optional purchase for all pcs and separate from the Apple II interface card. It showcased an updated mechanism and the new uniform rounded cable connector. Apple would briefly reuse this identify later on for a re-badged Apple Pro Mouse.

Apple Mouse IIe (A2M2070)

By 1986 Apple experienced updated its products strains with new cable connectors. With the Apple IIe already 3 decades aged, the AppleMouse II was re-badged for the IIe by yourself and basically utilized a repackaged Macintosh Mouse with no modifications. Later it would also use the Platinum Macintosh version. The US made version of the Platinum mouse is also interchangeable with the similar looking IIc mouse. this was the very first apple mouse to have a ps/2 suitable connection

Apple Desktop Bus Mouse (G5431/A9M0331)

The black ADB Mouse II

In September 1986 Apple ongoing a 12 months of key transform by converting its mice and keyboards to the Apple Desktop Bus (ADB). Newly redesigned, this mouse retained the blocky footprint of its predecessor, but experienced a reduced, triangular profile. The very first formal Snow White design and style language mouse (the Apple Mouse IIc was technically the very first), it was a uniform Platinum gray colour, including the single button, with only the cables and connectors retaining the contrasting darker gray “Smoke” colour. It was released on the Apple IIGS pc and later on grew to become the normal involved mouse with all Macintosh desktop pcs for the subsequent six decades.

Apple Desktop Bus Mouse II (M2706)

In only its third key redesign in 10 decades, the Apple mouse get rid of its blocky exterior for rounded curves. The so called tear-drop mouse, was basically the similar as its predecessor but with a new situation subsequently held as the excellent form of mice[citation necessary]. In fact the essential design and style has persevered into latest types, as effectively as becoming commonly copied by other mouse companies. It was involved with all Macintosh desktop pcs from 1993 until eventually 1998. It was also the very first mouse developed by Apple in black to match the Macintosh Tv set as effectively as the Performa 5420 marketed exterior the US.

Apple USB Mouse (M4848)

Major article: Apple USB Mouse

Apple USB Mouse

Introduced with the iMac in 1998 and involved with all successive desktop Macs for the subsequent 2 decades, the spherical “Hockey puck” USB mouse is commonly deemed a single of Apple’s worst faults. Marking the switch from ADB, the vibrant translucent mouse was a radical departure from its predecessors, down to a ball whose two-tone surface area fluttered past the user’s eyes as it spun beneath the mouse’s translucent housing.

On the other hand classy, the mouse’s spherical form is commonly deemed clumsy, due to its smaller dimension and inclination to rotate in use. This was a key lead to for the success of the Griffin iMate ADB to USB adapters, as they allowed for the use of the older, a lot more comfortable ADB Mouse II to be utilized with those iMacs. Later revisions involved a shallow indentation on the entrance of the button, but this was not plenty of to stop a flood of third-get together goods like the iCatch, a shell that attached to the USB mouse to give it the ADB mouse’s elliptical form.

Another flaw released in the Apple USB Mouse, shared throughout all of Apple’s USB choices, is the atypically quick twine. Even though meant for use by the integrated hub in Apple’s keyboards, Apple’s changeover to USB coincided with the relocation of ports on their laptops from the heart to the remaining edge. As none of Apple’s USB mice have cords extended than two feet, they are impractical for most correct-handed consumers.

Apple Pro Mouse (M5769)

Major article: Apple Pro Mouse

Apple Pro Mouse

In a move absent from the bold colours of the iMac and in a return to the styling of the traditional mouse design and style, in 2000 Apple discontinued the USB mouse and released the monochromatic Pro Mouse. A comparable design and style to the ADB II mouse, but this time in black, was surrounded by a obvious plastic shell. Immediately after getting decades of criticism for their continuation of the 1-button mouse, Apple successfully flipped the design and style of a ormal mouse upside-down, with the sleekly featureless look that resulted inspiring its jocular appellation as he very first -button mouse. This was the very first Apple mouse to use an LED for entirely sound-point out optical monitoring instead of a rubber ball. It was involved as the normal mouse with all delivery desktop Macs. Later, it underwent a slight redesign, switched from black to white, and dropped Pro from its identify.

Apple Mouse Like many earlier goods (see SuperDrive) Apple re-utilized the identify briefly. Compared with the modern Apple Keyboard types, having said that, Apple did not continue on to use the Apple Mouse identify for its subsequent product releases.

Apple Wireless Mouse (A1015)

Major article: Apple Wireless Mouse

Apple wireless Mighty Mouse

An optional Bluetooth-dependent cordless version of the Apple Mouse in white, introduced in 2003 alongside with a matching wireless keyboard, was Apple’s very first cordless mouse. Mixed with internal Bluetooth interfaces in new Macs, this bypassed their wired relatives’ aberrantly truncated cords to at the time all over again make Apple’s mice usable for correct-handed laptop computer owners.

Apple Mighty Mouse

Major article: Apple Mighty Mouse

Previously involved with all new Macintosh desktop types, it was a key departure from Apple’s a single-button philosophy integrated in its design and style because the Lisa.

(A1152) Under expanding tension to market a generic two button mouse with a scroll wheel, Apple surprised the marketplace in 2005 by instead creating a mouse which eschewed buttons for touchpad-like capacitive controls, and showcased a small integrated trackball in lieu of a scrollwheel.

(A1197) A 12 months later on, an optional wireless version was introduced with the similar identify as its wired counterpart. It is also Apple’s very first laser mouse.

Apple Magic Mouse

Major article: Apple Magic Mouse

Apple Magic Mouse

Released on Oct twenty, 2009 as a substitute to the Wireless Mighty Mouse. The Magic Mouse attributes multi-touch gesture controls comparable to those discovered on the Apple iphone and the MacBook’s trackpads, wireless Bluetooth capabilities and laser-monitoring. The Magic Mouse is involved with the new iMac having said that the wired Mighty Mouse (now renamed “Apple Mouse”) is even now offered as an alternative when getting.

Mouse derivatives


Apple Joystick IIe/IIc Essentially a gaming system all-around lengthy just before the mouse, the joystick could be utilized for many of the similar capabilities. This and the Apple Graphics Pill were being the only non-mouse pointing gadgets Apple at any time introduced and only for the Apple II series of pcs.


Apple Graphics Pill The Apple Graphics Pill was a massive flat surface area covered with a grid and experienced an attached stylus. Introduced for the Apple II In addition and later on a modified version for the Apple IIe.

Pippin Keyboard An optional keyboard accent was provided for the Pippin, which experienced a massive graphics tablet and stylus on the prime fifty percent of its notebook-like hinged overall body.


PowerBook trackball

Macintosh Portable The Macintosh Portable involved the very first trackball, basically a massive palm-sized, upside-down mouse.

PowerBook The PowerBook line scaled down the trackball to be thumb-sized and involved a single in every moveable from 1991 to 1995 when it was phased out in favor of the trackpad.

Pippin controller The Pippin, produced by Apple, experienced a gamepad with a developed-in trackball. Versions were being built which linked via the Pippin’s AppleJack childproof ADB connector, infrared, and regular ADB.


PowerBook/iBook/MacBook The developed-in ouse of decision on all Apple portables because 1995.[neutrality is disputed] The trackpad has been modified to match the colour of the situation, ordinarily black, it turned white with the iBook and MacBook and aluminum with the PowerBook G4 and MacBook Pro. The MacBook Air released a multi-touch trackpad with gesture help, which has because unfold to the rest of Apple’s moveable goods. Like Apple’s single-button mice, all of their trackpads have no a lot more than a single button (while some early PowerBooks experienced a second bodily button, it was electrically the similar as the principal button) also like Apple’s new mice, their hottest trackpadseginning with the unibody MacBooks and MacBookliminated bodily buttons.

Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh The only desktop Macintosh not to involve a mouse apart from the Mac Mini. The Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh instead experienced a trackpad which could lock into the palm rest of its keyboard.

iPod Starting off with the iPod 2G, the mechanical scroll wheel was replaced with a wheel-formed trackpad. Starting off from the iPod 3G, this prolonged to the substitute of all buttons.


Newton/eMate In 1993 the Apple Newton utilized a precision touchscreen which needed a rigid and reasonably sharp item for enter, such as a fingernail or its involved stylus. The Newton’s touchscreen interaction was equivalent to a simple graphics tablet, and was utilized to have an affect on what ultimately grew to become the most commonly lauded handwriting recognition process on the sector. This technology ultimately discovered its way onto the Macintosh in the variety of 10.2’s Inkwell element, sparking wild rumors of a Newton revival.

iPad/Apple iphone/iPod touch The iPad, Apple iphone and iPod touch include multi-touch touch screens for the Apple iphone OS’s gesture-dependent interfaces.

See also

Apple keyboard

Timeline of Apple goods


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