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Magic Mouse Teardown


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We're wondering what's so magical about Apple's Magic Mouse... so we're going to look inside to
find out!
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The Apple Magic Mouse is a multi-touch mouse


manufactured and sold by Apple Inc. It was
announced and sold for the first time on October
20, 2009.

Herramientas

Plastic Opening Tools


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Paso 1 Magic Mouse Teardown

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Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages,


welcome to the Wonderful World of Gadget
Magic Teardown sponsored by iFixit.

We have a special guest tonight in the


audience. From Cupertino, California, it is our
pleasure to introduce the world's first mouse
to use Apple's revolutionary Multi-Touch
technology, the Magic Mouse.

Let us, at iFixit, be the first to welcome you,


Magic Mouse, to the grandest stage of them all,
please just stand there and let us admire you in
all your infinite glory.

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Now now Magic Mouse, no need to be modest,


let us tell the audience a bit about yourself.

The Magic Mouse is composed of an aluminum


base topped off with a smooth multitouch
panel, giving it a lustrous buttonless
appearance.

Unlike Apple's previous mouse, the Mighty


Mouse, the Magic Mouse relies completely on
gestures to enhance the user's experience.

Scroll in any direction with just one finger,


swipe through web pages with just two fingers
thanks to the powerful technology of
momentum scrolling, where the speed is
calculated by the rate of the gesture.

Oh Magic Mouse...you're so magical!

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For our next trick, we will need a volunteer


from the audience...yes, you, Magic
Mouse...well come on up!

and gentlemen, the following teardown


$ Ladies
features stunts performed by professionals or
under the supervision of professionals.
Accordingly, iFixit must insist that no-one
attempt to recreate or re-enact any stunt or
activity performed on this teardown.

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With the public disclaimer out of the way, we


can now begin tearing down the Magic Mouse.

Batteries are included. They're plain ordinary


Energizer alkalines. We're surprised Steve
doesn't have Apple-branded batteries, maybe
he's been too busy working on other things to
notice...perhaps a tablet...maybe
Steve...no...yes??

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Alakazam! Wow, at $69, the Magic Mouse isn't


cheap. You would think for $69 the Magic
Mouse would actually be capable of
performing magical acts.

meet their earnings target for next quarter,


% To
Apple needs to sell about 164 million Magic
Mice. (However, we've been told Apple sells
some other products too). At that rate, it'll be
about nine years before everyone in the world
has a Magic Mouse.

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Let's get inside and find the magic amulet that


gives the Magic Mouse its mighty powers. Not
surprisingly, copious amounts of magical glue
stand between us and our goal.

We used a Plastic Opening Tool to pry the


mouse out of its shell.

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The glue didn't want to let go, but we


overpowered it with a flick of our magic wand.
Screws would have been a lot easier to get
apart (and much nicer to put back together).

There's not much Aluminum in the mouse, we


weighed just 10 grams. That's compared to 37
grams of plastic and 47 grams of batteries.
Nearly half the mouse's weight comes from the
two AA batteries.

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Open sarsaparilla! Open Saskatchewan! Open


septuagenarian! Open saddle soap! ... OPEN
SESAME! Now that was easy enough.

Here we receive our first glimpse of magic. (aka


orange capacitive touch sensors).

The top of the mouse is connected to the main


board and power via a single large ribbon
cable.

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The top of the mouse is translucent. Maybe


Apple should make a backlit mouse.

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After prying up the black plastic internal frame,


we finally get an unobstructed view of the
sensors.

From the Apple logo up, the entire surface of


the mouse is covered with capacitive touch
sensors.

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The brains.

average mouse brain weighs .4 grams. The


% The
brains of the Magic Mouse weigh 9 grams. That
means the Magic Mouse is 22.5 times smarter
than your average mouse. Who knew?

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Here's the Broadcom BCM2042A4KFBGH


chip that allows the Magic Mouse to talk to its
host.

This is a BCM2042 "Advanced Wireless


Keyboard/Mouse Bluetooth Chip."

According to Broadcom, "By integrating all


components within today's mouse and
keyboard into the BCM2042, low system costs
can be achieved to approach the price points of
legacy-wired mice and keyboards." Apparently
Apple missed that memo.

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Magic Mouse, RIP. Another mouse killed in the


name of science. We didn't break anything, but
gluing it back together will be challenging.
Update: We put it back together and it still works!

We'll be taking apart the iMac that came with


our Magic Mouse next. Follow @ifixit on
twitter and we'll keep you updated.

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58 COMENTARIOS

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Magic Mouse requires much more power draw from the 2 AA batteries than the Logitech M600 in that a same pair of
batteries that were claimed by OS X as dead (under 5% charge on the upper right banner bar and system prompt for
change of batteries) is still able to power Logitech M600 immediately taken out of Magic Mouse. In Logitech's product spec
page, it states that it can be powered by a single AA battery and can last 6 months with a new pair. A Magic Mouse would
probably only last a month and a half :(
Ye Wang - 05/05/16

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Hey, I didn't get an iMac with my magic mouse!! WTF


grtessman - 14/06/16

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I dub this teardown "Black Magic."


Miroslav Djuric - 21/10/09

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Magic Mouse is not a Modest Mouse?


Brady Cabe - 21/10/09

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Quote from brady:


Magic Mouse is not a Modest Mouse?
so I am curious what you thought you would find? A pot of gold? Of coarse its a bunch of capacitive sensors...
SteveO - 21/10/09

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so I am curious what you thought you would find? A pot of gold? Of coarse its a bunch of capacitive sensors...
I agreee... LOL
guee - 22/10/09

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Quote from guee:


I agreee... LOL
Modest Mouse is a band, of course
http://www.modestmousemusic.com/
:)
Brady Cabe - 22/10/09

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Quote from brady:


Modest Mouse is a band, of course
http://www.modestmousemusic.com/
:)
:)) I know wat you talked,LOL, just for fun.
Physicstoys - 23/10/09

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What's the black strip-like things on the bottom?


ramcosca - 25/10/09

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Quote from ramcosca:


What's the black strip-like things on the bottom?
Those are the friction-reducing gliders. They let the Magic Mouse slide effortlessly over smooth surfaces, such as a desk.
Ordinary mice have "feet", and the Mighty Mouse has one long light-gray strip that goes around the entire base of the
mouse.
waffle911 - 26/10/09

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I was wondering why didn't they come up with a wirelessly chargeable mouse? I hate those moments that the battery just
died and you lose all the sensitivity. How is the power efficiency on this? Anyone tested?
Jennyjiji - 23/10/09

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My two black gilders are very outworn. I stupidly used the mouse on a wooden surface without mousepad. Do you have
any idea, where I can get replacement parts for this?
mario - 09/03/15

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Is very very hard to reconnect the orange cable on magic mouse again!!!!
rodrigoj6 - 14/07/14

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impossible. you can not do it.


Paul Wilson - 28/08/14
Just did it :-)
patrick - 06/10/14

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How? Theres not enough cable or space to work with?


Tom Jackson - 09/11/14

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After a fair bit of fiddling I finally managed it. Here's my method:


1. Snap the cover into place with three of the four plastic posts, leaving one open at the cable end. This ensures the
cable is correctly aligned but gives a little clearance for access.
2. Using very flat tweezers (preferably rubber coated) coax the cable into place. If you are having problems gripping the
cable (it's very shiny) attach a thin strip of electrical tape across the width. Make sure it's well clear of contacts and
socket!
3. Snap the final post into its slot.
Andrew - 29/12/14

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For easy removal and reconnection of the ribbon cable, have a look at https://youtu.be/2sk8pR3AmT4?t=3m28s (3:28),
where it lifts the cable release from the connector with a paperclip. Do the opposite by pressing it down after you have
inserted the cable back in.
panchristo - 24/06/15

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Is that a QR code at the top? Do you have any idea of what it says?
iDunno - 23/10/09

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Is that a QR code at the top? Do you have any idea of what it says?
No, it's a datamatrix code. It's most likely for inventory/warranty tracking.
mordac - 24/10/09

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Quote from iDunno:


Is that a QR code at the top? Do you have any idea of what it says?
"Made in China".
ryan1000000 - 10/01/10

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I would love to see a higher res picture of the last (separated) shot on this step, like step 11 which is mind-blowingly
awesome resolution!
Thanks for detailed teardowns, the step-by step is awesome (and you guys do such a great job, I am only opening one of
these things when I don't expect to get them back together and working, I'll leave that to you when I have a problem.
Keep it up (and you are fast!).
McLuvnapple - 22/10/09

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you guys arent funny....at all.


mrgarrison593 - 22/10/09

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Where's the clicking mechanism part?


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"By integrating all components within today's mouse and keyboard into the BCM2042, low system costs can be achieved
to approach the price points of legacy-wired mice and keyboards." Apparently Apple missed that memo."
Wow that typifies the bias strewn thought this teardown... Perhaps if they had built a mouse using the standard
(inexpensive and not requiring significant R&D and engineering) couple microswitches and a optical chopper pair they
could sell it for the $20-$40 that logitech sells it's wired mice.
But that is not the case is it?
Stick to the tech, haters benefit no one.
Billster - 22/10/09

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Quote from Billster:


"By integrating all components within today's mouse and keyboard into the BCM2042, low system costs can be
achieved to approach the price points of legacy-wired mice and keyboards." Apparently Apple missed that memo."
Wow that typifies the bias strewn thought this teardown... Perhaps if they had built a mouse using the standard
(inexpensive and not requiring significant R&D and engineering) couple microswitches and a optical chopper pair they
could sell it for the $20-$40 that logitech sells it's wired mice.
But that is not the case is it?
Stick to the tech, haters benefit no one.
Err, I hate to break it to you, but this has -one- microswitch, as well as a plain old optical chopper pair. nothing special about
either of those. as far as "significant R&D and engineering" goes, capacitive tech has been around for ages, a simple array of
sensors isn't anything novel.
There really isn't anything in this that justifies the ridiculous price tag.
Omega192 - 22/10/09

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Quote from Omega192:


There really isn't anything in this that justifies the ridiculous price tag.
Except the idea, I did not se a lot of devices like this one before, did you?
Exactly, and that justify the price (at least most of it)
Amos - 22/10/09

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I'm going to buy one. It is about the software and not the hardware.
MBD - 22/10/09

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Quote from Omega192:


as far as "significant R&D and engineering" goes, capacitive tech has been around for ages, a simple array of sensors
isn't anything novel.
And yet multi-touch has never been properly implemented until recently, with Apple and a handful of other companies
finally getting it right. Don't underestimate what went into it.
There really isn't anything in this that justifies the ridiculous price tag.
Okay, but here's Logitech's current Bluetooth laser offering, and it's $59.99
http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/mice_p...
$9 for a multi-touch surface, with the ability for future expansion in gestures and features, like the trackpads, seems like
more than a fair price. Bumping up to a USB darkfield laser is $20. There's nothing new or innovative in a darkfield laser by
your standards, and yet it's double the price? Clearly there's a disconnect there.
useruser - 22/10/09

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For that price i would have expected rechargeable batteries and a powered mousepad that transmits energy without
contact to the mouse. That would truly have been 'magic'.
Apple is already one of the worlds largest producers of e-waste and their production processes are not exactly 'green;
either. Now add Aa batteries to that list. greenpeace will have a field day again ...
iAmAppleFree - 22/10/09

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Quote from iAmAppleFree:


... Apple is already one of the worlds largest producers of e-waste and their production processes are not exactly 'green;
either. ...
Do you have a current source for your incorrect enviro-slam? If you bother to take a look at Apple's Environment section of
its website, you'll find comprehensive reports showing full life-cycle environmental impact reports. Something that is
above and beyond the standard in the industry. Me thinks you were too quick and out of date (circa early 2007) with your
slam.
Besides, e-waste is insignificant in the global environmental scheme. Try finding a modern landfill with an e-waste leachate
problem. You can't. The problem is in the recycling of the electronic components in third world countries. Not in burying
the old products.)
ReasonableGuy - 22/10/09

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Is there a loudspeaker in it? i wonder if I could get rid of the annoying clics, and get a totally silent mouse. The old mouse
had a small loudspeaker. But no software to turn it off.
magicmax - 22/10/09

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Quote from iAmAppleFree:


For that price i would have expected rechargeable batteries and a powered mousepad that transmits energy without
contact to the mouse. That would truly have been 'magic'.
Apple is already one of the worlds largest producers of e-waste and their production processes are not exactly 'green;
either. Now add Aa batteries to that list. greenpeace will have a field day again ...
Well...I guess you're not an Apple customer. I am and the #$5& with Greenpeace!
vick1 - 22/10/09

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Quote from ReasonableGuy:


Do you have a current source for your incorrect enviro-slam?
Here is your proof: most of apple's stuff (ipod,iphone and even some laptops are not designed to have a user replacable
battery.) Throw away and buy new...
@vick1. i hope not all apple users have your mentality.
iAmAppleFree - 22/10/09

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just got my new iMac yesterday and love the mouse....but it IS loud when you click it!! hopefully will find a way to soften the
sound
suedan - 22/10/09

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I think that the PC people are slamming the magic mouse because they finally got an OS update from Win XP. Too bad PC
still only uses buttons... suckers.
Tigerfish - 22/10/09

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Err, I hate to break it to you, but this has -one- microswitch, as well as a plain old optical chopper pair. nothing special
about either of those. as far as "significant R&D and engineering" goes, capacitive tech has been around for ages, a
simple array of sensors isn't anything novel.
There really isn't anything in this that justifies the ridiculous price tag.
Do you know what an optical chopper pair are? They are an IR emitter/receptor pair used to track the scroll wheel rotation.
I don't think this mouse has a scroll wheel (or a chopper pair)
It's surface tracking (laser) does not use a chopper pair (no mouse does)
I am a engineer (PLC electronics manufacturing) and I can tell you this is a big change (engineering and manufacturing wise)
from a standard 3 button mouse. (and I note that the logitech CORDED mice using laser tracking run $25-$80 (bluetooth
run $50 & $60) so the price seems dam reasonable.
R&D Engineering and getting a production run up to speed (QC) all cost lots of money (trust me)
I just get sick of (mostly poorly informed) people bashing innovative companies for having to recoup their R&D and
production set up costs. If you can't (or don't want to) afford it, wait a year or two till it becomes commonplace and most of
the R&D have been recouped, the price will undoubtedly drop a bit.
Billster - 22/10/09

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Do you know what an optical chopper pair are? They are an IR emitter/receptor pair used to track the scroll wheel
rotation. I don't think this mouse has a scroll wheel (or a chopper pair)
It's surface tracking (laser) does not use a chopper pair (no mouse does)
I am a engineer (PLC electronics manufacturing) and I can tell you this is a big change (engineering and manufacturing
wise) from a standard 3 button mouse. (and I note that the logitech CORDED mice using laser tracking run $25-$80
(bluetooth run $50 & $60) so the price seems dam reasonable.
R&D Engineering and getting a production run up to speed (QC) all cost lots of money (trust me)
I just get sick of (mostly poorly informed) people bashing innovative companies for having to recoup their R&D and
production set up costs. If you can't (or don't want to) afford it, wait a year or two till it becomes commonplace and most
of the R&D have been recouped, the price will undoubtedly drop a bit.
The prices I see on Logitech's site are $80 and $100 for their Anywhere and Performance mice with Logitech Darkfield
Laser Tracking.
For larger tear-down images, see http://www.cnblogs.com/lzhdim/news/2009/..., and don't worry if you cannot read the
language (Chinese?). It includes the Magic Mouse and iMac tear-downs.
doctordon - 23/10/09

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Quote from iAmAppleFree:


For that price i would have expected rechargeable batteries and a powered mousepad that transmits energy without
contact to the mouse. That would truly have been 'magic'.
Apple is already one of the worlds largest producers of e-waste and their production processes are not exactly 'green;
either. Now add Aa batteries to that list. greenpeace will have a field day again ...
Umm, dumbass, you can supply your own rechargeable AA batteries. I have 2 sets for my Mighty Mouse, one in the mouse
and one at the ready.
MrBubbles - 28/10/09

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The Broadcom chip does not seemed to do the job of capacitive sensing (finger touch sensing). There must be another chip
that decode the touch sensor. Can you please post the picture for the back of the board? Or list the other chip's name.
Thanks.
Martin - 04/11/09

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Quote from Billster:


"By integrating all components within today's mouse and keyboard into the BCM2042, low system costs can be
achieved to approach the price points of legacy-wired mice and keyboards." Apparently Apple missed that memo."
Wow that typifies the bias strewn thought this teardown... Perhaps if they had built a mouse using the standard
(inexpensive and not requiring significant R&D and engineering) couple microswitches and a optical chopper pair they
could sell it for the $20-$40 that logitech sells it's wired mice.
But that is not the case is it?
Stick to the tech, haters benefit no one.
You shouldn't complain. Here in Denmark, a Magic Mouse costs $106!!
winggoat - 28/12/09

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Quote from Omega192:


Err, I hate to break it to you, but this has -one- microswitch, as well as a plain old optical chopper pair. nothing special
about either of those. as far as "significant R&D and engineering" goes, capacitive tech has been around for ages, a
simple array of sensors isn't anything novel.
There really isn't anything in this that justifies the ridiculous price tag.
Yes sure it "isn't anything novel" that's why no one has a product like this out yet...nothing novel...
go buy yourself one of those fugly prototypes by microsoft sitting on some loser bozo's staffer's desk instead.
John A - 30/12/09

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"We'll be taking apart the iMac that came with our Magic Mouse next."
I'm dying over here! Get on it!!!
DUSTmurph - 21/10/09

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I am dieing! Take that chainsaw to the iMac!


Toushi - 21/10/09

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Quote from DUSTmurph:


"We'll be taking apart the iMac that came with our Magic Mouse next." I'm dying over here! Get on it!!!
Quote from Toushi:
I am dieing! Take that chainsaw to the iMac!
Here you go.
Kyle Wiens - 22/10/09

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So the little board is the power switch and has contacts to the main board? Does the firmware on the broadcom chip read
the touch sensors or is there another MCU hidden somewhere, if so, what is it?
mobbarley - 22/10/09

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What about pictures of the back of the board.


BCBC - 22/10/09

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Well, thank you for taking my Twitter suggestion to heart so quickly. But I see an unidentified and unclose-upped chip there
at the bottom of the board assembly...what might IT be..
Jadawin - 22/10/09

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Out of curiosity, would like to inquire who is the manufacturer of the laser sensor. Can't see to see it on the pics.
sdchew - 24/10/09

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I want an Apple mouse which uses an inductive pad to charge it. None of this environmentally unsound replaceable battery
nonsense. How cool would that be? Make an inductive dock which can charge an iPhone, a laptop, a mouse, etc... now *that*
would be doing something interesting.
Diggsby - 26/10/09

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Can someone confirm if any part of the internal electronics is in contact with the aluminum bottom case, as i'm constantly
getting a strange tingling feeling in my fingers when i use this mouse and it goes away if i take the batteries out.
Rob C - 02/11/09

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Can someone confirm if any part of the internal electronics is in contact with the aluminum bottom case, as i'm
constantly getting a strange tingling feeling in my fingers when i use this mouse and it goes away if i take the batteries
out.
OldNavy - 05/11/09

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Quote from OldNavy:


OK so I screwed up my first post ... this is for Rob C - don't touch the bottom. I don't get the tingle from mine.
And for everyone else who has an issue with Apple "stuff" - if you want a Cadillac, you pay extra. Pretty simple. I've been
using non-Cadillac equipment for the past 30 years. I finally made the switch and wonder, as do most switchers, why I
waited so long. Cheers
OldNavy - 05/11/09

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By bottom I was referring to the whole aluminum part, which you have to hold to use it.
the only explanation is that the outer case is somehow grounded and theres a tiny bit of static or something going though
it.
Rob C - 06/11/09

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Quote from Rob C:


Can someone confirm if any part of the internal electronics is in contact with the aluminum bottom case, as i'm
constantly getting a strange tingling feeling in my fingers when i use this mouse and it goes away if i take the batteries
out.
Possibly the onset of Carpal-tunnel syndrome?
sp33dwagon - 02/03/10

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Possibly the onset of Carpal-tunnel syndrome?
seriously though, just take it to the apple store they'll give you a replacement.
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Possibly the onset of Carpal-tunnel syndrome?
If it is using the same technology as the glass touch pad on the MacBook, then no you're not imagine the tingling. I have felt
it too. I for one am amazed by the touch technology in the magic mouse and it is hands and feet above anything Logitech or
MacAlly can come up with.
Newton63 - 06/04/10

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The iMac that came with the magic mouse? I'd say the iMac is the main event.
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