More 2 button mouse rumors!!!

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  1. Macmaniac macrumors 68040

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    Spymac strikes again:
    Multi-button mouse soon
    By The Director on Jul 11, 02 | 11:03 am |

    Although initially expected at Macworld San Francisco later this year, an Apple branded multi-button mouse is just around the corner, one source reports.

    Currently scheduled for an early Fall release, the majority of the prototypes are not wireless, nor do they feature any outlandish design elements.

    "It's just a white multi-button mouse, plain and simple," says our insider.

    Of question, the mouse is never referred to as having two-buttons (it's simply multi-buttoned), leaving the door open for further speculation.

    Apple is said to have initially planned on releasing the new mouse at Macworld Tokyo 2002, but delayed the announcement for unknown reasons.

    Several users have commented that the announcement of a two-button mouse may be strategically tied in with Apple's 'Switch' advertisement campaign.

    Maybe just the usual Spymac BS, but who knows I do like the idea(Love to get rid of my M$ intelli mouse)
     
  2. teabgs macrumors 68030

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    hmmm.....I dont know... :rolleyes:

    it's believeable, but I don't think so....

    Hopefully I'm wrong...butI feel like they wouldnt do it now, cause they are using the switch campaign and its working. WITHOUT a multibutton mouse.

    Why give in and admit that a multibutton mouse IS a good idea?


    I want one though...then I wont have to get one from Logitech when I get one of the new towers :D
     
  3. FelixDerKater macrumors 68000

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    Apple 2-Button Mouse...

    I would like to think that Apple would finally put out a two-button mouse. The whole CTRL-Click deal is not simpler for new users and definitely not simpler for pro users. If Apple put out a quality mouse with multiple buttons, I would gladly give up my MS IntelliMouse Explorer, but for right now, no other mouse comes close, even if it is a M$ product.

    The multi-button idea is an excellent idea. Program it to do what you want for the applications you want it to do it in. You set the buttons to do what you want... It has a forward/back button for use in IE, then for PhotoShop, undo/redo. The list goes on and on.

    Maybe Apple doesn't need to put out a "multi-button" mouse, but at least put on two buttons and a scroll wheel. Come on Apple... You goofed on the mouse. Admit that the one-button mouse is not the best. Fix it and move on! :cool:
     
  4. SilvorX macrumors 68000

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    my M$ mouse is actually the best mouse ive ever used (dont flame), for $60 CDN, its worked PERFECTLY on win 98/XP ever since the day i got it, and if i dont like the mac mouse when i get my mac, i'll probably use my M$ mouse since the scroll button is sweet (if it'll even work)
     
  5. FelixDerKater macrumors 68000

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    Buttons and Wheels

    Yes, the MS mouse will work on a Mac if it is USB... All of the other buttons work as well. :cool:
     
  6. Hemingray macrumors 68030

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    Re: Buttons and Wheels

    Provided you install the driver, of course. :)
     
  7. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    MS mice work with OS X now that MS has released drivers...:D

    I'm partial to them myself...but for Apple to break away from the "ease-of-use" aspect of the single-button mouse is going to take an act of Steve-like proportions.;)
     
  8. FelixDerKater macrumors 68000

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    What "EASE OF USE"? Having to tell a new user they have to hit CTRL-Click to get a contextual menu is not easy. They wonder why in the world they can't just click the right button, but hey, it doesn't exist! :rolleyes:

    Apple is still saying that it is "easy" to save face. They don't want to admit their mistake...:eek: :cool: :rolleyes:
     
  9. FelixDerKater macrumors 68000

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    Re: Re: Buttons and Wheels

    The left button, right button, and scroll wheel will work without the driver since OS X has the right-click and scroll wheel support built-in. You'll need the driver only to use the side buttons and for custom button function programming. :cool:
     
  10. Durandal7 macrumors 68040

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    The problem is a new computer user who gets a mac won't have much need for contextual menus. It's people like us complaining about them who really use them a lot.
     
  11. billiam0878 macrumors 6502

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    Good point, Apple is pretty stuborn and the one-button has been around since the Lisa. I'm hoping we'll see a wireless one-button, similar to the current one, but white with a blue laser. That'd be sooo sweet. :)

    Bill
     
  12. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    To play the Devil's Advocate:
    Why do we need contextual menus at all? A brand new user doesn't know these things exist, or even how/when to use them.


    For someone learning how to use a computer multiple buttons are confusing. For those of us who are more experienced they unlock a wealth of shortcuts and added features.

    And holding the control key is not that difficult to learn.

    However, I do feel that a scroll wheel is an absolute must these days.

    PC weenies point to the one-button mouse as a flaw...Apple pioneered mouse based computer interaction in the first place. It's easy. Get over it.:)
     
  13. FelixDerKater macrumors 68000

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    XEROX...

    Off topic a bit... XEROX used a two-button mouse design... ;) They also used no "mouse balls". I know because I have a really old XEROX mouse in a drawer somewhere... On the bottom it has three little "eyes". Many years later everyone decides to adopt the ball-less design. :cool:
     
  14. rEd Eye macrumors regular

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    IMO,anything that has less than three buttons and a scrollwheel isn't worth calling a mouse at all.
    Maybe a Gerbil,but definately not a mouse!
    I can't believe Apple still forces you to pay good money for a one button"Gerbil".After both my Mac purchases so far,I promptly ran out and bought a real mouse.One that does things!
    anyhows,the point is,is that even if Apple decides to join in the revolution and disign a "Oooooh!" two button mouse,I'll still never use the damn thing because it won't have a clickable scrollwheel.
    What a waste of pretty plastic!
     
  15. iGav macrumors G3

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    Well I still love my Pro Mouse...... no buttons and a control click do fine just for me..... although when I'm really on it.... you can't beat a Wacom....... :)

    So that's what I'd like to see........ an Apple graphics tablet..... as I thnk they'll need it when they start releasing all the Post production software they've been buying up for the last half a year........ :) A tablet kicks a mouses arse when it comes to post packages........ :D
     
  16. Macmaniac thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Actutally My M$ mouse lost functions when I got the OS X drivers.
    Now when I right click on the desktop no menu comes up:( I could do it with the original drivers. Gotta love what M$ does:(
     
  17. FelixDerKater macrumors 68000

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    Buttons & Wheels

    Just open up the MS IntelliMouse settings in SystemPreferences. Then go to where the button settings are and set them to what you want. :cool:
     
  18. SilvorX macrumors 68000

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    Re: Re: Buttons and Wheels

    yep i know, one of the first things i'll be doing after i get on the net with my mac (if i get it) is going to the mactopia site n download the driver (and go to another site to download some call manager thingy)

    ya, if the new mouse apple is releasing (if it turns out the rumors true) is any good, i might use one on vpc and one for everything else or something but i'm thinking if the new mac mouse has a scroll wheel, i might just leave my ms mouse at this puter for when i need to play dvds

    nice :D, when i got my ms mouse i thought i was gonna use the back and forward buttons ALOT for ie, at first i did but now i just do it manually like i used to
     

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