Why won't Apple use a two button mouse at this point?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Storrow, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. Storrow macrumors regular

    May 25, 2006
    I would like to know what people think about Apple switching over to a two button mouse in their laptops. I think this would be a good move especially because it is so easy to run Windows on Macs now. Is this something that Apple is just holding out on or what? I have Windows on my Macbook and I use it a lot and I would love to have a right click option. I think it would be very convenient and it makes a lot of sense at this point to have a two button mouse. What do you guys think?
  2. vincebio macrumors 6502a


    Jun 27, 2005
    erm...mighty mouse?

    doesnt all macs now ship with mighty mouse??
  3. Storrow thread starter macrumors regular

    May 25, 2006
    i know this but im talking really about the laptops having one big button. i dont carry around a mighty mouse with my laptop i just use the one below the trackpad.
  4. bearbo macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    on a macbook (or MBP, or any intel mac for that matter) you can right click with a single button mouse just fine, i'm not even talking about mighty mouse.

    apple has a single buttoned mouse for a reason, even in OS X a "right click" is used, so apple didn't keep single buttoned mouse because it never needed it before.

    what ppl think the reason might be may vary, but i like the simple design, i think the simplicity design is seen in every apple product, and the mouse is certainly one, and it will not go away just because now it can run windows.

    you have many options in terms of achieving the "right click" in windows on a mac, including, not limited to, get a external mouse, use cmd+click, and etc.

    so no, i dont tihkn apple will use 2 button mouse on their laptop, ever.
  5. oceanmonster macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2007
    You can two finger right click. in the mouse pane of system prefs enable two finger right clicking. Then you put you index and middle finger on the track pad and click.
  6. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    I actually prefer two-finger right-click on the MacBooks and MacBook Pros to a second button, mainly because whenever I have to use a PC laptop, I'm always twisting my hand into some weird position to hit the right button (must be how I hold my hand to use the trackpad). I find the two-finger right click much more convenient and comfortable (same with two-finger scroll).

    And, the only time when I need to hit both buttons at once would be during a game, when I'd be using an external mouse anyway, because no one games on a trackpad. So, I don't see why Apple needs to.
  7. Storrow thread starter macrumors regular

    May 25, 2006
    cool i didnt know that, i agree with Apple's simplicity and that's always something i have liked about Apple. I was just thinking maybe at this point practicality would take over. just a thought over this sandwich.
  8. bearbo macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    there's nothing impractical about it though. are you talking about in OS X or in Windows is it inconvenient?
  9. zblaxberg Guest


    Jan 22, 2007
    Just spend $20 on a 2 button mouse that you can plug in through usb or wireless bluetooth...don't get it from the mac store, they rip you off try tigerdirect or newegg
  10. Grakkle macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2006
    The two-finger right-click function on MB/MBP trackpads is far better than a two-button mouse. If for some reason you don't like that, the option>click way is just as easy as a two-button as well.

    I don't really like two-button trackpads myself - it's unnecessary when the two-finger thing works just as well.

    Anyhow, in the next few years I bet we'll be seeing entirely keyless and mouseless interfaces - everything tactile and touchscreen, like Apple's already doing with the iPhone, rendering the whole 1 versus 2 button mouse debate pointless.
  11. brando06 macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2007
    I am going to throw my two cents at ya. I understand your point with the two mouse buttons. I myself like the one mouse button and using two fingers. But my big gripe is WHY are you running windows anyways!!! :rolleyes:
  12. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    ctrl + click
  13. danny_w macrumors 601

    Mar 8, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Pardon my ignorance, since I don't have an Intel Mac, but do ctrl-click and two-finger click work while in Windows? I think that is the main reason for the OP's question.
  14. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    Control + Click does not work in windows (as far as I am aware), but the two finger clicking does.

    I agree with most of the posts in this thread, every time I use a Windows laptop, I find the two-button click thing INCREDIBLY irritating and I find my hand in the weirdest positions on the machine in order to try and bend my fingers round to hit the right button. I love the two finger click thing, it's kinda weird for people who haven't used my MBP before, but they get used to it very quickly...
  15. orangemacapple macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2006
    touchscreen! NO! i can't keep my screen clean as it is now!
    what will happen will be the screen or isight scans where your eyes are looking -- you'll just DOUBLE BLINK!
  16. weg macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2004
    That means I have to lift my finger from the touch pad each time I want to left click. I would definitely need some time to get used to that...
  17. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    With the way I use my touch pad, I'd just be making right clicks non stop. I using my right pointer finger for moving the cursor, and my right thumb for click. If I want to right click, I just put two fingers on the touchpad.

    What are you talking about? You don't have to lift any fingers.

    1 finger moves the mouse, if you click with one finger on or no fingers on, its a left click.

    2 fingers scrolls, if you click with two fingers on, it's a right click.
  18. DaLurker macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2006
    It works when I'm using parallels, not sure if it works through bootcamp though.

    As for why there isn't a second button.. probably because its always been a single click.

    I find ctrl+click or even better, two finger clicking to be much better than than two mice button. I use my thumb to click though so I never have to lift my index finger whether left clicking or right clicking.
  19. Sly macrumors 6502


    Nov 30, 2003
    Airstrip One
    I really hope they don't, two buttons seems pointless to me when one works perfectly, its a much more elegant solution. Whats next, a nubbin on the keyboard eewww.
  20. coffey7 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2006
    I think that the mouse is the biggest issue that windows people have with apple computers. Go to an apple store and just watch people come in and see how they react to the mouse. First of all the apple workers never set the mouse up right so you always have to keep lifting it off the table and this really bugs people. My windows friend came in and tried to work the mouse and after he lifted the mouse 4 times to scroll a 24" imac he was so mad he said I hate apples. I always go in and move the mouse speed over so its faster. That usually does the trick for a newbee. Then you tell them they can run windows(on mac) and use a regular mouse and they say where do I sign. Another thing is the dock is really not a good idea at the bottom of the screen. I always move it over so I can have a larger page. Newbees are not used to this.
  21. Grakkle macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2006
    Whoops. Wrong word - my bad.

    You have to lift your fingers anyway if you're using two finger scrolling on a long doc or web page - and I'd think it's less awkward than moving your thumb to push a mouse button. At least I think it is.
  22. Boxer macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2006
    Overland Park Kansas
    I really like the Apple mouse. It is sleek, smooth, and it does a lot for somthing that looks so plain.
  23. New Mac User macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2007
    Cali Bay Area
    LOL at the posters complaining about two-button PC trackpads.

    You drop your middle finger down to activate the button, no contortion necessary. To us, it's just as natural as your two finger click, or what have you.

    A two-button mouse was my first upgrade to my G4. It's so practical and useful, I don't see why any of you are actually down talking it. I think it would be a great feature and it would get more people like me to switch more easily. It's control+click or two finger click is just an extra step we're not used to, and it seems very inconvenient.

    edit: I just read post #20. That's funny. :)
  24. Skrilla™ macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2007
    I had 3 mouse buttons on my Dell Precision M90 laptop :D

    I don't have that anymore since it was a work computer and I changed jobs. :( Nice machine, but wasn't fun hauling back and forth every day. ;)

    Anyway, from what I gather in this thread, the double touch 'right click' works in Windows when using parallels, is this correct? Does it work in boot camp? If it does, then there is no reason for a second (or third ;) ) mouse button. :apple:
  25. Bibulous macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2005
    I could live with one button, but don't take away my scroll wheel.

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