Apple's Magic Mouse has had mixed reviews over the years with feedback leaning more toward the negative side. "I spent $70 on this magic mouse 2 and it absolutely sucks. How in the hell did this thing make it past User Acceptance Testing?" one Redditor wondered.
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A common thread among disappointed Magic Mouse customers is that the device lacks a comfortable contour for one's palm. According to a new patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, Apple could rectify this issue by upgrading the Magic Mouse into an adaptable, shapeshifting peripheral that can conform to different palm sizes and use cases.
"The curvature may be changed to optimize the ergonomics of the mouse and/or deliver tactile feedback to users," the patent said.
The new technology equips the futuristic mouse with a shape-changing enclosure. Underneath its surface, the mouse could have articulating plates that are attached to an actuator. The actuator allows the user to shape shift the mouse into different forms to fulfill one's preferences.
This will be an eye-catching selling point for mouse users who desire different styles and sizes depending on what they're accomplishing. For some actions, a larger mouse may be the best fit for one's needs, but for other situations, a smaller mouse may be optimal. Instead of purchasing several mice to satisfy one's multifaceted tasks, this technology will transform the Magic Mouse into an adaptable, useful device.
While a shape-shifting mouse sounds pretty sweet, we're hoping Apple tackles a more pressing issue with their Magic Mouse: their awkwardly placed charging port.
Please tell me WHO thought that putting the charging port on the bottom of the @Apple magic mouse was a good idea?? Pretty sure the persona quote was not "I like to be interrupted in the middle of my work unexpectedly and wait for my mouse to charge before I can continue." 🤦🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/g0G4c7KbMMSeptember 24, 2019
A dazzling shape-shifting mouse won't wow potential consumers if they're still faced with an inconveniently positioned port that hinders users from charging and using the Magic Mouse simultaneously.
We're excited to find out how Apple will remedy this peripheral's pitfalls with its future iterations of the Magic Mouse.
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Kimberly Gedeon, holding a Master's degree in International Journalism, launched her career as a journalist for MadameNoire's business beat in 2013. She loved translating stuffy stories about the economy, personal finance and investing into digestible, easy-to-understand, entertaining stories for young women of color. During her time on the business beat, she discovered her passion for tech as she dove into articles about tech entrepreneurship, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the latest tablets. After eight years of freelancing, dabbling in a myriad of beats, she's finally found a home at Laptop Mag that accepts her as the crypto-addicted, virtual reality-loving, investing-focused, tech-fascinated nerd she is. Woot!