Apple’s Magic Mouse gets the absolute perfect upgrade with this ergonomic accessory

The only thing the MouseBase doesn’t do is fix that horrendous charging problem.

For probably over a decade now, Apple’s one overarching design philosophy has been sleekness. Jony Ive famously made design decisions that enforced this, much to the end-consumer’s detriment. MacBooks in 2014-15 used glue instead of screws to hold components together because it made devices thinner. The disastrous butterfly keyboard was the result of a pursuit of sleekness too. The point I’m making is that to an extent, making a product sleek is a great thing. There are times, however, when it’s not… The Apple Magic Mouse is one such product.

Designed to be sleek over ergonomic, the Magic Mouse is ridiculously tough to work with. Its smooth design doesn’t have the curves or grooves you’d need to rest your hand comfortably, and gripping the device isn’t an entirely great experience either. However, one small product hopes to rectify that. Dubbed the MouseBase, this little add-on is designed to fit your Magic Mouse (v2) in it comfortably, giving it a more ergonomic design. It lets you plug the Magic Mouse right in without any moving parts, screws, or adhesives, giving you a much more comfortable right-handed grip that lets you intuitively and effectively grab and maneuver your mouse without triggering your carpal tunnel.

Designer: Smash Engineering

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Made from plastic and weighing just 4.2 ounces (119 grams), the MouseBase fixes the Magic Mouse’s second most annoying problem. The ergonomic design of the MouseBase blends almost perfectly with the Magic Mouse, making it look rather cohesive, and creating a surface flow that welcomes your eyes as well as your hands. The base, however, cleverly also elevates and tilts the mouse ever so slightly, making it more ergonomically sound. It does so, however, without affecting the mouse’s tracking abilities. This is thanks to the MouseBase’s patented mirror technology that retains the Magic Mouse’s usability and precision.

Although it doesn’t solve the Magic Mouse’s charging problem (which remains unsolvable, apparently), it doesn’t inhibit the charging ability either. The MouseBase’s open-bottom design lets you easily plug a lightning cable into the device when not in use. Sure, that solution will always remain the most inelegant UX design direction in history, but at least the MouseBase solves the other big problem with the Magic Mouse’s visually-appealing-yet-tactile-nightmare form factor. My only real complaint? That there’s no left-handed version of this… yet.

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Apple’s BIGGEST design flaw gets (sort of) fixed by this YouTuber’s 3D-printed plastic accessory

For a YouTube channel named Unnecessary Inventions, this might be their most necessary one yet…

If you’ve been on the internet long enough, you’ll have come across Matty Benedetto or one of his hundreds of creations that solve some of the world’s most ridiculous problems, like wanting to eat an Oreo without hands, or wanting your sunglasses and AirPods to exist as one singular device. Benedetto finds ridiculous problems and over-engineers even more absurd solutions, prototyping them and putting them to the test (some are even available on his web store)… although this problem may not be so ridiculous after all. Widely touted as Apple’s biggest design flaw, the company’s Magic Mouse is infamous for needing to be flipped over in order to charge it, making it entirely useless in the process. It’s inelegant, and the only (logical) explanation seems to be the fact that Apple doesn’t want you using the mouse while you charge it, but Benedetto has a clever solution that defies it all… well, sort of.

Designer: Matt Benedetto (Unnecessary Inventions)

Having faced this problem too, Benedetto decided to tackle it head-on, or rather, underside-on, because that’s where the charging port is located on the Apple Magic Mouse. Benedetto’s solution just involved bending the wire and introducing a makeshift trolley that still allows you to slide the mouse around your mousepad/desk WITH the bent wire. Simple, isn’t it?

Made from 2 pieces of 3D-printed plastic, with massive ball-bearings on either side, this unnecessary invention lets you route an L-shaped lightning cable through it and right into the charging port. On the other side of the mouse lies its optical sensor, which Benedetto believes wouldn’t get affected too much, because his invention literally props the Magic Mouse up instead of having it lay flat against the surface. Using the Magic Mouse with this nifty gadget actually proved that his calculations were right, and that the optical sensor could, in fact, still work even when angled ever-so-gently… but that wasn’t where Benedetto’s solution ran into a brick wall.

Much to his chagrin, Benedetto discovered (quite literally the hard way) that no matter what sort of over-engineered solution he would come up with, it was doomed to fail. You see, the evil folk at Apple didn’t just awkwardly place the charging port on the Magic Mouse… they also built a kill-switch into it which would cause the mouse to NOT WORK while charging. Pretty devious, isn’t it? I guess it’s just Tim Cook’s way of telling us all to just buy the Magic Trackpad instead.

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Apple’s Magic Mouse gets its biggest ‘design upgrade’ with this ergonomic, wireless charging concept

The design upgrade makes Apple’s Magic Mouse more comfortable to use, and also gives it a new, highly-needed feature in the form of a wireless charging mousepad!

Created by designer Kevin Clarridge who spent a good 3 months just reviewing the shapes and forms of various ergonomic mice, the Apple Magic Mushroom Mouse (I honestly just love the name) fixes two of the most nagging problems with the mouse’s current design – firstly, the horrendously ill-designed charging system, and secondly, its poor ergonomics. With an elongated wrist-support, and a base that allows you to wirelessly charge the mouse, the Magic Mushroom Mouse positions itself as the ‘Pro’ in the mouse category. After all, the iPhone, iPad, MacBook, and AirPods have Pro variants, so why not the mouse??

“The Magic Mouse has some amazing touch capabilities, but never felt great in the hand, especially if used daily”, said Clarridge who began working on analyzing mouse forms back in September. After hundreds of iterations in the form of CAD models and even a few 1:1 scale test prototypes (you can see the entire process here), Clarridge arrived at the mouse’s ‘mushroom’ form, which he claims offers a solution that no other mouse offers… an elongated wrist support that’s molded from a flexible elastomer that bends to contour to the wrist’s shape, giving you comfort over extended use. The mushroom inspiration also carries forward in the ‘gill-shaped’ details running around the base of the mouse, designed to allow the rim to flex according to the shape of your hand’s contours. The upper part of the mouse, however, retains the extended multi-touch panel that makes the Magic Mouse such a wonderful work-horse.

Clarridge’s design also fixes one of the biggest flaws in Apple’s entire product line (and sort of a lasting detail in Jony Ive’s legacy of odd design decisions)… its charging system. The current Magic Mouse remains infamous for having a charging port located on its base, making it absolutely useless when you need to plug a wire into its underbelly to charge it. The Magic Mushroom Mouse, however, provides the perfect solution in the form of an elegant wireless charging pad that snaps to the base of the mouse using Apple’s MagSafe tech. You can’t really use the mouse while it’s on the charging pad (because the pad doesn’t have the laser tracking system to track cursor movement), but the idea is that the pad serves as a place to rest the mouse when not in use… basically turning dormant time into charging time, so you never really have to worry about ever running out of charge. Cleverly enough, when the charging pad is sitting idle (while you’re using your mouse), you can just use it as a wireless charger for your iPhone or AirPods! Talk about two birds with one stone?!

The Magic Mushroom Mouse exists as just a concept for now, although Clarridge is determined on testing out and validating his design with 3D printed prototypes and even some made out of flexible resin. You can follow his journey and process on his Instagram page and collectively wish and pray that Apple finally fixes its most ill-conceived design decision since #bendgate…

Designer: Kevin Clarridge

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Apple pop-socket with an optical sensor turns your iPhone into a Magic Mouse!

It’s a pretty great idea in theory, and ties well into Apple‘s ecosystem of creating products that support each other and add to the collective experience. It’s also something fresh that would set Apple apart in the hardware space. Meet the Magic Mouse Mini, a concept created by Yongbin Kim who gave the smartphone pop-socket the ultimate upgrade by also fitting an optical sensor into it!

The Magic Mouse Mini looks and feels like your regular pop-socket. It attaches to the back of your phone, giving you a pop-out grip that you can firmly hold onto between your index and middle finger as you use your phone or click selfies. Given how large and slippery smartphones are nowadays (further factoring in the iPhone’s curved edges). However, a switch on the side turns the pop-out grip into something vastly more functional. Switch the device on, and the optical sensor above the Apple logo powers on, turning your iPhone into a magic mouse!

The iPhone and the socket at the back work in tandem to replicate the Magic Mouse experience. The optical sensor on the socket helps with cursor-tracking, while the iPhone’s touchscreen shoulders the responsibility of providing the control surface, allowing you to left-click, right-click, pinch, zoom, scroll, and do a variety of other gestures, just like you would on a Magic Mouse.

I’d surmise the Magic Mouse Mini concept would work remarkably well with iMacs and MacBooks, but would even probably do a pretty good job with iPads too! It’s a small, clever addon that helps your phone (by allowing you to grip it better), and helps your MacOS devices too, by giving you a Magic Mouse experience without having to shell out a hundred bucks for a new Magic Mouse. And yes, the presence of a socket on the back of your phone could give it an uneven surface, causing the mouse to potentially rock back and forth while you’re using it… but think of this less as a practicality and usability issue, and more as a clever way of turning an existing piece of hardware (your iPhone) into something absolutely new! After all, it’s just a concept, no?

Designer: Yongbin Kim

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Ex-Apple Engineer Admits that the Buttonless Mouse Came to Be by Accident

Apple Magic Mouse

Not all the innovative products that we use have been preplanned. Even Apple’s Magic Mouse, the world’s first multi-touch mouse, seems to have been created by accident, according to a former employee that was close to the matter.

Considering that even some songs and scientific breakthroughs came about by chance, it shouldn’t surprise us so much that a butonless, multi-touch mouse was created accidentally. Still, many thought that Apple’s Magic Mouse was the result of years of R&D. After 15 years since the mouse’s design was presented to Steve Jobs and 5 years since its launch, Abraham Farag, the former Apple Senior Mechanical of Product Design, admitted in an interview with that the Magic Mouse was just a happy accident, and nothing really planned ahead.

Farag recalls that “It all started with a model we did not have time to finish. We had made six of these great form models to show Steve. They were fully done, with all the parting lines cut in for buttons and different plastic parts, and all the colors just right.” Besides these, the design team also designed a mouse that was meant to resemble the Topolino model that was sold prior to the one that looked just like a hockey puck.

The former Apple engineer explained that the prototype “looked like a gray blob. We were going to put that model into a box so people wouldn’t see it.” To everyone’s surprise, Steve Jobs didn’t like the five finished models, considering that they don’t bring anything revolutionary to the table. Instead, “Steve looked at the lineup of potential forms and made straight for the unfinished one,” as Farag stated. “That’s genius. We don’t want to have any buttons,” Jobs said, according to Farag.

“[Afterwards], Bart Andre, Brian Huppi and I left the room and huddled outside with each other, [saying] ‘how are we going to do that?’ Because of that unfinished model we had to invent a way to make a mouse with no buttons,” Farag recalls.

Call me skeptical, but it’s pretty easy to put words in someone’s mouth, especially when he is no longer among us. When the Magic Mouse was launched, Jobs was still alive, and I don’t think that anything could hit the market without being previously presented to him, but having him seem supernaturally innovative is a bit far-fetched. Yes, the Magic Mouse shares the simple design of modern Apple products, but I have some doubts about it being made by accident.

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Apple gets patent for universal batteries, edges closer to long-lasting wireless peripherals

Apple gets patent for universal batteries, edges closer to longerlasting mice and keyboards

These days, just about every Apple product is defined by a non-removable battery. It's with no small hint of irony, then, that Apple just received a US patent for a universal removable battery system. As proposed, the technique would let Apple cut batteries from lithium-polymer or similar materials into commonly sized packs that could then be swapped between devices, providing all the benefits of removable, rechargeable batteries with a longer lifespan than an old set of AAs. Batteries could have serviceable cores for when they finally give up the ghost, and computers could even alternate between charging the batteries (when plugged in) or using them to extend the runtime of MacBooks. We'd recommend against basing any purchasing strategy around Apple's filing, though. The Cupertino team originally applied for the patent in 2010, and in turn broke out the technology from a patent it had filed in 2007 -- there's no guarantees Apple is still interested in replacing those disposables, let alone any sealed-in batteries. That won't stop us from yearning for the day when a Magic Mouse lasts for more than a week of heavy use.

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Carbon Fiber Magic Mouse

Carbon Fiber Magic Mouse

As its name suggests, the Carbon Fiber Magic Mouse is actually the Apple Magic Mouse that has been given the carbon fiber treatment. The carbon fiber adds a textured weave to the multitouch surface of your Magic Mouse, allowing your fingers to point, scroll and swipe with ease. Available in Black, Graphite, Silver or White, the Carbon Fiber Magic Mouse retails for $99. You can also send in your Apple Magic Mouse and they will precisely cover it in carbon fiber vinyl for only $29. [Product Page]