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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Evolution of the Apple Mouse!

Apple’s product design is legendary in the industry for innovation, inspiration and imagination, but it’s often the more glamorous products such as the MacBooks, iPhones andiPods that get all the attention.
With this in mind, we thought we’d take a look at Apple’s input device — the humble mouse — to see how the design has changed from way back in the early 80s right up to today.
The evolution of the Apple mouse makes for an interesting design journey that includes the loss of its tail, moving from a single button to touch, and of course going from beige to multi-colored and back to a monotone.
Click through the gallery below to journey through the mouse’s history and let us know any memories you have (fond or not!) of any of the devices in the comments.













51 comments:

  1. Haha , I still remember those round ones. What a horrible failure that was ! !

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  2. How do you play most video games with only 1 mouse button?

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  3. @ andrew Apple isn't a really computer to game with.. and its old.
    Anyway nice post !

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  4. I had the 3rd one down! oh the memories lololol

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  5. man i had the see through one for my old computer at school, i wanna get another apple computer

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  7. Took them really long to add a second button, though!

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  8. There's no way I can have just one button, but not like the dozens of buttons on those gaming mice.

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  9. I have one of those round ones I took from my school when they were throwing away all their old Macs. Those were so shitty. After all these years, they still haven't grasped right-click technology.

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  10. Wow, what an evolution :P
    I recently bought some wireless mouse, before that i had a racer mouse.

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  11. I've always been a fan of the clean mouse but Apple pushes it pretty far. Very interesting post though.

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  12. macbook trackpad FTW!!


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  13. bottom 1 is a awesome mouse =)

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  14. haha, the bottom one is sweet but how do I right click?!

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  15. The computer mouse has actually come so far!!!

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  16. One of the reasons i prefer not to use apple.

    form > function when it should be function >> form

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  17. My lord, some of these old mices are scary.
    Now whenever I find a ps/2 adapter I laugh, but I guess they are still needed.

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  18. Lool, they really have come a long way

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  19. I hated those mice that came with the first iMacs, they were so ugly and not ergonomic at all!

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  20. I remember those 1 button mouse, all squared.

    Good memories, thanks :)

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  21. Next a vibrator/holoprojector combo.

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  22. Apple can sure make some nice products, I just wish they weren't so darn expensive.

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  23. Ahh the large comfortable block of death at the top. Used to love stealing the balls out of them, for no real reason other than to make teacher annngry.

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  24. I always wonder why those old things are so ugly. A square mouse, lol.

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  25. I probably have at lest one of each of those somewhere in my house, plus one of the new track pads.

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  26. omfg i remember using the old ones ...

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  27. I remember the old ones... But the last one I used was an iMac mouse, back in high school. Man I thought it was awesome at the time, of course I didn't have a proper PC in my house at the time.

    I don't think I could use a Mac mouse anymore, too use to my PC mice!

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  28. eMac mice are so stupid...then again I found on the other day and tried it out for nostalgia's sake.

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  29. is this sex tech? >=(

    smoochies n' poopies! :*

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  30. this is one of my more favorite blog posts from you :)

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  31. they went from being shitty to the most amazing mouse in the worlddddd

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  32. how long till they had 2 buttons...? lol =D and i agree data fox.

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  33. That is actually pretty cool, even though I'll never own a Mac.

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  34. haha apple logo was always the same... I laughed when watching forest gump when he opened the letter and said my friend invested money in some kind of fruit company (apple of course xD)

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  35. I still think I prefer two buttons. Hell, my mouse has 5 and I love it.

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  36. Those round mouses were the shiiiit.

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  37. awesome post. i can only imagine what User Interface we'll be using in 20-30 years.

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