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    Default Multi-Touch Display Coming to Apple's Next Magic Mouse?


    On Thursday morning, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple suggesting that multi-touch display may be coming to Apple's next Magic Mouse. The patent application clearly indicates Apple's interest in producing more sophisticated input systems for its line of Macs, a goal that would be served by the arrival of multi-touch display on the Magic Mouse.

    Published this morning by our friends at Patently Apple, one illustration displays one potential application of the aforementioned technology. In one drawing, Apple boasts a virtual number keypad overlaying the mouse, an arrangement that would conceivably provide for easier data entry for users. So advanced is the concept - for a mouse at least - that the display would change based on the tasks being performed by the user at any given moment. The touch screen interface, in short, would adapt the command keys displayed in accordance with the command options available.

    According to the patent summary:

    In an embodiment, an input device, such as a computer mouse, includes an display device to present observable data to a user. In some examples, the observable data may form a portion of an interface to communicate user interactions to a host system. In some desirable configurations, the input devices will include a collimated glass component configured to translate an image from the display device to a surface of the input device, for example, an outer surface.
    Patently Apple notes that the folks in Cupertino would likely use a "collimated optical component" in a future version of the Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad or other input devices to help incorporate the outlined technology. "Collimated glass" refers to an "optical component that includes a plurality of optical fibers, such as glass fibers or other fiber optic fibers, that are fused together in a generally uniform arrangement."

    To learn more about the patent and the multitude of applications made possible by this technology, check out Patently Apple.

    Source: Patently Apple

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    I think it would be weird to have a numeric keyboard in a mouse
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    Context sensitive display on a magic mouse? Sign me up.

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    That is awesome! Definitely a useful mouse.

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    WOW NO, JUST STOP. Magic Mouse sucks so hard, Apple is putting multitouch on literally everything EXCEPT their MacBook screens and it's getting annoying

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Essany View Post
    On Thursday morning, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple suggesting that multi-touch display may be coming to Apple's next Magic Mouse.
    No it does not suggest that a multi-touch display may be coming to Apple's next Magic Mouse.
    It suggests that Apple have published a patent application for an idea. Along with the hundreds of patents we've seen that have never seen the light of day.

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    Do I see a right click?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westerman View Post
    I think it would be weird to have a numeric keyboard in a mouse
    but not in the track pad...

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    I don't think this one will see the light of day. It makes no sense.

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    Was thinking of getting 1 magic mouse.....think I should wait now.....with Apple, u just don't know when is the right time to buy their product...LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
    Do I see a right click?
    Lol. Yes. Go to system preferences > mouse. You'll see the right click.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
    Do I see a right click?
    Right click has been around for a good while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
    Right click has been around for a good while.
    Lol, I just heard that Macs didn't have right click a while ago. Does it bring up a contextual menu or what?

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    Yep. Does what normal right buttons do lol.

    And with bettertouchtools I can do a three finger click as a middle button click too. I do that because the area for the middle click is to narrow.
    Last edited by Cer0; 01-20-2011 at 09:53 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    this would be great, i hate not having the numeric keypad on my keyboard and having it on the mouse would save space
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