August 2, 2005 09:08 PM PST
Ok, ok. A post on the Apple Mighty Mouse
for people to discuss. I'll reserve judgement till I see one in action, but my initial thoughts are:
The mini trackball in the mouse seems a little overkill. It's the same carpal tunnel causing motion as the scroll wheel. Why not a toggle/joystick/nubbin type interface that you just hold down?
I'd have to see how the dual button "sensors" work. When I click left or right mouse button, I don't take fingers off the other button, so hopefully it can tell that I'm pressing harder with one finger than another. Seems like it would be possible.
I like the "squeeze" idea. I'd like to apply that to moving the contents of a window. EG, if I squeeze both sides of the mouse, the pointer turns into a grabby hand and I'm dragging the page around. Similar to the action when you click the wheel to get into scroll page mode, but more intuitive. The new mini-trackball might do this already though. Sounds like Apple is aiming this feature at Exposé - you squeeze the mouse and the desktop overview comes up. This acually might be the new desktop management feature we're all looking for. Look forward to trying it out at the Apple store.