How a misunderstanding with Steve Jobs led to the no-button Apple Pro Mouse

By Justin Kahn ยท 11 replies
Mar 11, 2014
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  1. Apple mouse designs have seen a fair number of iterations over the years, from the controversial "hockey puck" iMac mouse and the single button Pro mouse that followed it, all the way to the multi-touch gesture enabled Magic Mouse we...

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  2. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Always interesting to hear the engineering evolution in firms like Apple. Thanks for the article.
  3. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 955   +515

    Never liked that 1 button mouse. Too easy to get the cord stuck in front of it and prevent clicking...
  4. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TS Guru Posts: 355   +73

    lmike6453 likes this.
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    Which one? I have the Pro mouse that shipped with the G4 Power Mac towers and I don't ever recall having that problem. That mouse did have some issues with the cord fraying right in front of the mouse. It is the sexiest looking mouse, and it seemed to work fine for me, however my favorite mouse of all time is the Logitech LX7 which is not made anymore and goes for insane prices on ebay. The Logitech LX7 fits my hand perfectly, is symmetrical (works for lefties) and has incredible battery life.. so of course they have to discontinue it.
  6. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    Thing is UI designers still made applications for apple with context menus that meant it was faster to right click than head to the main menus at the top of the screen. But you were left holding cmd on the keyboard to right click or use cmd+x/c/v to copy and paste etc if you used an apple mouse. Thats not good design, it's irritating. Even today I use standard and premium Microsoft mice on my macs. And the new one, the multi touch Magic Mouse? I find if you right click it, it risks flipping over onto its side. No thanks.
  7. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 719   +236

    Just amazes me that this guy seems proud of making a buttonless mouse, it's like saying "yay we managed to reduce functionality by 66% (PC mice of the time all had 3 buttons and scroll wheels was still scarce) by only having left click. Thats not something to be proud of at all imo.

    Apple design philosophy seems to be "lets make something we imagine to be good without listening to the users or taking functionality into account" (kinda like windows 8 haha)
    The UI on a mac is such a pain in the butt to use for a windows user because of the "simplicity" where nothing has a rightclick popup where you expect there to be one. Instead if you want to do anything other than launch a program you need to navigate through 75 windows to get to it.[/quote]
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    @lipe123 That isn't entirely true... The right click context menus can be accessed by pressing the command key and then clicking. However, while many Windows things are difficult or near impossible to do without a right click, on a Mac everything is accessible through the pull down menus at the top of the screen. Now, that is not necessary because right click has been incorporated.

    Perhaps the Windows way is superior, but it requires a lot of knowledge, whereas the Mac way, you don't have to know if you can get to it through a right click function or a menu, the answer is the menus will always have it. With Windows, some things you can't access from menus.

    Also, he wasn't bragging about one button, he was bragging about the Pro mouse being LED and not a ball mouse. He was either taken out of context for that comment (by the interviewer) or he was plain wrong, because Microsoft had a laser mouse by then, and I think some other company(s) may have had other options too (Sun).
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2014
  9. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    I'd say a windows program that has something on the context menu that isn't available from the main menus is badly programmed.
  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    Well there are a lot of things just on the Windows desktop that you can't do without right click. Like arrange icons/clean up desktop.
  11. dennis777

    dennis777 TS Enthusiast Posts: 285   +33

    Lol so that wheres the no button was created. great article
  12. DvgVarma

    DvgVarma TS Rookie

    Why two buttons?? Why not a touch mouse without buttons??

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