Magic Mouse
White and silver Magic Mouse
ManufacturerApple Inc.
Foxconn (contract manufacturer)
TypeMulti-touch clear acrylic surface with laser tracking mouse
Release date
  • 1st gen: October 20, 2009; 14 years ago (2009-10-20)
  • 2nd gen: October 13, 2015; 8 years ago (2015-10-13)
Discontinued1st gen: October 13, 2015 (2015-10-13)
  • 2.16 cm × 5.71 cm × 11.35 cm
  • (0.85 in × 2.25 in × 4.47 in)
  • 1st gen: 0.23 lb (105 g; including batteries)
  • 2nd gen: 0.22 lb (99 g)
PredecessorMighty Mouse
RelatedApple Wireless Keyboard
Magic Keyboard
Magic Trackpad 2
WebsiteMagic Mouse

The Magic Mouse is a multi-touch wireless mouse sold by Apple Inc. and manufactured by Foxconn. The first-generation Magic Mouse was released on October 20, 2009, and introduced multi-touch functionality to a computer mouse.[1][2] Taking after the iPhone, iPod Touch, and multi-touch MacBook trackpads, the Magic Mouse allows the use of multi-touch gestures and inertia scrolling across the surface of the mouse, designed for use with macOS.

The second-generation Magic Mouse (initially marketed as Magic Mouse 2) was released on October 13, 2015, removing the use of AA batteries, instead including a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, and a Lightning port for charging and pairing, and was later made fully compatible with iPadOS.[3]


1st generation

The first generation Magic Mouse was released on October 20, 2009, and introduced multi-touch functionality. It connects wirelessly to a Mac computer via Bluetooth.[4] It is powered by two AA batteries, and operates using a solid-state laser tracking sensor like the previous-generation wireless Mighty Mouse. Apple includes two non-rechargeable batteries in the box. Until 2016, Apple sold a battery charger that included two rechargeable NiMH AA batteries, designed for use with Mac peripherals.

Like its predecessor, the Mighty Mouse, the Magic Mouse includes support for secondary click.[5] The Magic Mouse has been included with most desktop Mac computers since its introduction, including the iMac, iMac Pro, and third-generation Mac Pro, as well as being available as a standalone purchase.

The Magic Mouse borrows design elements from the preceding Apple Pro Mouse, notably its seamless "zero-button" design and translucent acrylic surface for 360-degree scrolling, replacing the rubber scroll ball on the Mighty Mouse. The mouse does not support left and right-clicking simultaneously, and also removes the ability to middle click without third-party software workarounds.[6]

2nd generation

The second generation Magic Mouse was introduced in October 2015, alongside the Magic Keyboard and second-generation Magic Trackpad. A space gray color was introduced with the iMac Pro in 2017, and was later made available as a standalone purchase.[7] iPadOS 13.4 introduced mouse support to iPads for the first time, and supports all functionality of the second generation Magic Mouse.

A variety of pastel colors were introduced in 2021 to match the colors of the M1 iMac.[8] Additionally, standalone purchases include a USB-C to Lightning cable, instead of USB-A to Lightning. The space gray color was replaced by a black color with a silver aluminum finish in 2022, which was originally only available bundled with the third-generation Mac Pro.[9] All colors of the second-generation Magic Mouse have been introduced alongside matching colors for various Magic Keyboard models.[7][9]


1st generation

Initial reception to the Magic Mouse was mixed, with reactions to its inability to trigger Exposé, Dashboard, or Spaces, as its predecessor could, or to middle click.[10] Later versions of Mac OS X include gestures to open Mission Control, which incorporates functionality from Exposé, Dashboard, and Spaces. Other issues included the mouse's unstable connection to the first and second-generation Mac Pro models, and its low-profile design being uncomfortable & unergonomic was causing palm-aches, and hand cramping for some users.[11][12]

2nd generation

The Lightning charging port is located on the bottom of the mouse, rendering it unusable while charging. Even with multiple attempts to make the Magic Mouse usable whilst charging (most notably by Unnecessary Inventions), a software lock had disabled it. This was a design choice that was widely criticized by reviewers.[13][14][15] Critics have also noted the omission of Force Touch technology, compared to the second-generation Magic Trackpad.[13][14]


See also



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