It’s 2022 and the Magic Mouse is still bottom-charging


Apple launched a new Magic Mouse today, March 8, 2022. It’s a sleek black version. It also still has its charging port on the bottom – meaning that six and a half years after its introduction, Apple still seems to think the best way to charge the mouse is to flip it over (render it useless) and plug in a Lightning cable .

Here’s a little secret: I copied and pasted most of that last sentence from an article I wrote about this exact problem almost a year ago, when Apple introduced a whole line of mice colored magic and had the opportunity to change their charging mode, but didn’t. Apple has kept this charging design on the bottom since October 2015.

My old Edge Colleague Nick Statt ridiculed the mouse’s design in December after its introduction, pointing out that Apple requires mouse users to “flip the device on its back like a beetle with its paws up and plug the cable”. I also included part of this quote in my article last year, and I’m mentioning it again here because I still think it’s a good metaphor to show how this all has the silly look.

Most rechargeable wireless mice allow you to plug them in, so you can use them while charging. But for some reason, Apple flatly refuses to put a charging port anywhere other than under the Magic Mouse. The company has shown a willingness to correct many of its other weird design decisions – the new Apple Pencil doesn’t need to pop out of a Lightning port to charge, for example, and the new Apple TV Siri Remote has gutted the old touchpad for a scroll wheel and touchpad.

With the new Mac Studio, Apple even put in some USB-C ports and an SDXC card slot Front instead of pushing them all to the back, reflecting Apple’s recent drive to give people the ports they want in obvious places (see also: the many ports on the new MacBook Pros). But the Magic Mouse’s bottom charging port lives on.

To be fair, Apple claims on its website that the Magic Mouse’s battery “will power your Magic Mouse for about a month or more between charges,” so you won’t have to plug the mouse in every week. But in my past experiences with wireless mice, I used them until their batteries were completely drained, then scrambled to find a charging cable so I could use them wired for a short while while they were charging. were charging. With the Magic Mouse, I wouldn’t be able to do that; I’d have to push it aside while it lay on its back to get some more juice and hopefully have another mouse or trackpad lying around that I can use in the meantime.

If you still want the black Magic Mouse despite its frustrating charging situation, you can order one from Apple’s website right now – but you should know that, like the new black trackpad, it costs $20 more than the White.


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