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Apple debuts multi-touch Magic Mouse

Mighty Mouse given the finger

Apple has given the 2005-vintage Mighty Mouse and its wireless sibling the proverbial finger, replacing them with a new wireless £55 Magic Mouse that features a multi-touch surface on its entire top side.

The new mouse, which ships standard with the new iMac models announced today, does more than let you right- and left-click.

You can use a single finger to scroll around - not just up and down or side to side, either. Within supported apps, such as Preview, you can scroll in any direction.

Apple Magic Mouse

The Magic Mouse also supports swipe gestures, though not the same ones you'll find in Apple's multi-touch trackpads. Swiping left with two fingers in Safari will move you back a page, and in a stack of images in iPhoto, swiping left or right with two fingers will take you to the previous or next photo, respectively.

If you'd prefer to eschew the Bluetooth Magic Mouse, you can still pick up a wired version of the Mighty Mouse - now rebranded the Apple Mouse, after the company lost its rights to use the "Mighty Mouse" trademark earlier this month. In addition, the Magic Mouse uses laser tracking instead of optical tracking to make it usable on different types of surfaces.

The Magic Mouse is powered by two AA batteries, and Apple says they'll power the mouse for approximately four months. The device can detect when it's not in use and manage power appropriately - a power switch on the bottom can turn it on or off.

In addition to being packaged with the new redesigned iMac, the Magic Mouse is available on its own for £55. It requires Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later with Wireless Mouse Software Update 1.0.

Also announced by Apple today: a new range of of iMac all-in-one PCs, replacing the old 20in and 24in models with new 21.5in and supersize 27in models featuring a true widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio and impressive high-end features previously found only in the Mac Pro line, including the first quad-core processor to feature in an iMac.

Also announced by Apple today: Updated unibody Apple MacBook.


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