As French website Consomac pointed out earlier today, it looks like Apple is prepping a new set of Mac peripherals, which appear to be coming soon. This speculation stems from code discovered in the most recent OS X 10.11.1 beta, located in the Bluetooth input/output section of the source code. 9to5Mac has since gone on to confirm that the references to new Mac hardware cannot be found in editions of OS X prior to 10.11.1.Specifically, as depicted in the below screenshot provided by Consomac, the code refers to a “Magic Trackpad 2, “Magic Mouse 2”, and, perhaps unexpectedly, a “Magic Keyboard.” The subtle references to unannounced hardware may correspond with the 21.5-inch 4K iMac soft launch, which begins next week.Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve caught word that Apple would be releasing a new mouse and keyboard. In fact, back in August, we reported that the company had filed with the FCC designs for a new wireless mouse … [Read more...] about OS X code alludes to Apple Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and new Magic Trackpad
The conventional computer mouse isn’t done evolving — in fact, it may have a role in securing our future computer systems.A network security engineer from Raytheon has found inspiration in smart guns to obtain a patent for a mouse equipped with biometric pressure sensors to authenticate users.Glenn Kaufman was recently awarded patent No. 8,762,734 for a biometric pressure grip, which could be built into various spots on a computer mouse to get a user’s biometric signature in the form of a pressure reading. This kind of reading is harder to crack than facial recognition, retinal scans, or fingerprint recognition, since those forms of physical patterns can all be stolen in one way or another. Kaufman says the neurological pattern gleaned from the way someone holds a mouse is a superior alternative to other forms of security using physical patterns.“It’s not just how much pressure you exert on the mouse itself, but it’s also the x-y coordinates of your … [Read more...] about Biometric smart mouse mimics smart guns to verify computer users
Force Touch can be found on the 12-inch MacBooks, the most recent MacBook Pros, the Magic Trackpad 2, and both iPhone 6s variants (there, it’s called 3D Touch). Though better experienced than explained, it basically uses a haptic feedback motor to generate the feel of a mouse click without actual tactile movement. It also involves pressure sensitivity, so a firmer press can be used to bring up different options than a light touch.The latest rendition of the Magic Mouse, creatively dubbed Magic Mouse 2, sacrificed lithium double-A batteries in favor of an uncomfortably misplaced Lightning connector port. Force Touch, meanwhile, was curiously absent. In the patent, originally reported on by Patently Apple, it appears the Cupertino company is rethinking its mouse’s design for the better. A mouse is typically an input device that can generally be manipulated by a user to provide directional input to an associated electronic device. In some cases, such a mouse may … [Read more...] about A touch of magic: Apple patent shows Magic Mouse with Force Touch
An Apple patent which was revealed today details a hypothetical mouse which vibrates and has sensors built in. Though it was just discovered, the patent was originally filed sometime last year. Related: Why mechanical keyboards aren’t just for geeks anymoreAccording to the patent, the mouse’s sensors would be able to detect how hard a user presses a button. Depending on how hard the button is pressed, the program you’re using might respond with a different action, and that action could differ from one app to the next. The response would be paired with an action acknowledgement in the form of a vibration. Related: Here’s everything you need to know about Mac OS X YosemiteIn one iteration, the patent details a mouse whose sensors split the surface into three zones: left, right, and middle. In the patent, Apple uses the example of a flight simulator and how force sensitivity could be useful when playing such a game. Depending on how hard you press one of … [Read more...] about Apple patent reveals possible future mouse with built-in sensors and vibration
Although smartphone and many other electronics manufacturers would love for us all to throw away our devices every year and upgrade to the latest and greatest version, along with the push for renewable energy and recycling, many people want to make their devices last longer than they have in the past. With that in mind, how easy a device is to fix can really factor in to people’s purchasing decisions.So the fact that Apple’s latest peripherals — Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2 — are not particularly easy to repair could put some people off.To figure out how easy they are to tweak and put back together, iFixit did what it always does: it took them all apart. Unfortunately all of them were found to come with many of the internal components glued to one another or the frame using a strong adhesive. This means that replacing any of those parts requires careful picking and prying to get them loose without damaging them further.It was so bad in the … [Read more...] about Apple’s Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2 are not easy to fix
If Apple has its way, buttons will become a thing of the past. After slowly emaciating the mechanical controls on its wildly popular iPod media players and obliterating them from the touchpads on its notebook computer line, it now wants to purge them from every keyboard jock's favorite rodent.The company's new Magic Mouse, which is standard with all new iMacs or can be purchased separately for US$69, is as sleek as an alien interstellar taxi, its other-worldly appearance fortified by the total absence of buttons. Power of TouchWith Magic Mouse, Apple brings the power of touch found on its iPhone and iPod touch to the desktop vole.Left and right clicks are performed by tapping the left and right side of the peripheral. The device can also be reconfigured for southpaws, so the left side of the unit acts as the right button on a conventional mouse.Scrolling can be activated by moving a finger vertically along the body of the mouse. If you swipe your finger vertically, you can move rapidly … [Read more...] about APPLE WARES Mouse Meets Multi-Touch
Bloomberg.com reported today that Apple’s new iPhone 4G will include a more advanced camera and may have a touch-sensitive casing. The new iPhone details were provided by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analyst Robert Chen, who refused to identify the source of his information. Chen also mentioned the latest iPhone will be released by June of this year and that it features some major hardware and software updates.Bloomberg reported that Chen described the new iPhone as having similar touch-enabled qualities as Apple’s new Magic Mouse which has a touch-sensitive solid plastic shell in replacement of mechanical buttons. The technology may be replicated in the new iPhone to offer touch-sensitive features on the rear of the handset, claims Chen. According to this report the next iPhone will go into production as early as April to be available to consumers by June.As usual, Apple representatives have “no comment.” Editors' Recommendations Apple rumored to ditch Touch ID … [Read more...] about Apple’s iPhone 4G to Have Magic Mouse Features?
If Apple’s Magic Mouse, the touch-based, clickless, wireless mouse had a darker twin cousin, it would be the Manhattan Stealth Touch Mouse. The all-black matte mouse has similar design functionalities as Apple’s original gadget, featuring a pressure-sensitive body that recognizes controls without the click of any button. With technology embracing touchscreen interface, it’s no surprise that even the simplest of gadgets are getting a revamp. But is the buttonless mouse as good as it sounds?Look and feelThe Manhattan Stealth Touch Mouse has a pebble-like design that fits snugly in a palms of one’s hand. Compared to the average mouse, Stealth is definitely a tiny device, measuring just about 2 x 3.5 inches. The sleek matte overlay helps to keep the grease off the mouse, making it perfect for prolonged use, provided you supply it with one functional AAA battery. On the underside of the mouse, you’ll find a USB connector that pops out and connects to your … [Read more...] about Hands-on with Manhattan Stealth Touch Mouse: Magic Mouse’s evil cousin
Included with every new iMac since 2009, Apple’s wireless Magic Mouse certainly has its lovers and haters, with the former comfortable with its low-profile design and array of multi-touch offerings, and the latter having ditched it long ago in favor of a more traditionally styled device from a third-party maker.According to recently published papers [1, 2] filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Cupertino company has designed a new version of its Magic Mouse, likely to be called….wait for it….Magic Mouse 2.A refreshed version of its $69 wireless keyboard also looks to be on its way, though its new name isn’t currently known (wireless keyboard 2, perhaps?).The updated devices were revealed in FCC papers published on Friday, with AppleInsider spotting additional documents stating that the hardware that’s been submitted for testing “represents the final version of the equipment as it will be released to the … [Read more...] about Apple updating Magic Mouse and wireless keyboard, could be coming soon
Since 2009, Apple has packaged its wireless Bluetooth mouse, famously dubbed the Magic Mouse, with its iMac computers, while retailing it separately for users of other Mac computers. Both completely forewent the inclusion of cables and USB dongles, opting for a near-seamless wireless experience for Mac users.It was the premiere of a new era for Mac peripherals, both of which donned iOS support, fit for a world becoming increasingly more mobile. Aside from the keyboard’s slight revision, put into effect in 2011, both the Magic Mouse and the Wireless Keyboard have largely remained free of alteration. That is, while the rest of technology was progressing, Apple’s PC peripheral space was stagnant, and arguably still is — at least for now.Pretty soon, however, Apple will finally attempt to play catch-up with its desktop peripherals. That’s because a recent FCC filing indicates a forthcoming overhaul of both the Magic Mouse and Wireless Keyboard. This … [Read more...] about After six years of the same, what should we expect from Apple’s next mouse and keyboard?