Apple goes double: 2-button mice

After the switch from SCSI to IDE, Mac OS 9 to Unix based Mac OS X and PowerPC to Intel, Apple finally switched to two-button mice today. Introducing… The Mighty Mouse!
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s not a bad thing at all. More is not always better, but for us button freaks, it sure is this time, because face it: Apple’s one-button philosophy was already compromised by “ctrl-click” context menu’s. Apple simply realised this, and introduced a two-button mouse of their own and, while they were at it, added a nice two dimensional scroll wheel. I won’t go into details on the hardware itself: It’s just basically an Apple mouse, which makes it different and unique (go see for yourself!).
What’s much more interesting, is what this extra button could mean for the future of the Mac OS. Having only one button kept Apple sharp. Everything should work for users with only one button, so naturally only the extra’s (ambiguous context menu’s anyone?) came with the second button. That motivation is now gone.
How will Apple’s intu├»tive drag & drop do with two buttons? Will they add functionality for copy/move switching to the second button like they do now with the control, command and option buttons? Will we get Windows-style context menu’s as a mandatory way to get things done? I can’t wait to find out :)
Meanwhile, at least we have the scroll wheel.

Written on a Mac, with the “publish” button clicked by a – now old-skool – Mac mouse

One Response to “Apple goes double: 2-button mice”

  1. Ronald says:

    Mjah…. I don’t know if Apple is going to make Mac OS X more Windows-zaelot proof ;) What I mean is, if you make more contextmenu’s, you are making another Windows. WIth the move to intel, they really have to make sure they stay unique, otherwise they are loosing the battle!

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