Apple’s Magic Mouse 2: Function follows form
Last week Apple presented it’s revamped Magic Mouse and Magic Keyboard, both of which were first introduced back in 2009 and, unlike other peripherals, they have remained exactly the same since then, which is great given what a simple yet versatile products they are.
Working at an advertising agency with thirty iMac computers (and other twenty Macbooks) I can tell you that these little white peripherals have two main flaws that drive me crazy: they tend to hopelessly die and their batteries last nothing. About the first issue we’ll have to wait some time and see how these new versions behave, but at least the second problem is being solved on this iteration and both devices now feature rechargable batteries so you can forget about external chargers for good.
Until here everything is great. They added a key feature yet kept the main design intact, but there is something I just can’t digest: Why is the Magic Mouse’s charging connector (5-pin Lightning connector instead of the C-Type USB currently featured on the MacBook and very likely to be present on the next iPhones) located below the device?
In the past Apple had the Pro Mouse, which followed the company’s computers aesthetics with a transparent design. This design was gorgeous and revolutionary at it’s time but they couldn’t keep denying the necessity for a scroll wheel, so the company finally decided to leave the transparent casing apart in favor of adding a scroll ball.
So, why is Apple now giving up on the function in order to keep the design clean? I know the specs table claims that one minute of charging will power the mouse for an hour (and two minutes on the cord will make the device run for nine hours), but that is still a lazy answer to the port-placing issue, not to mention that the past-gen Magic Mouse’s awful battery duration makes me seriously doubt about those promises.
Apple seems to be taking a lot of bad decisions lately. Hopefully they will wake up before drowning on their own status-quo and becoming the last decade’s Microsoft.