Apple unveiled a redesigned iMac and Magic Keyboard on Tuesday at its “Spring Loaded” event, but for some reason decided not to change the Magic Mouse 2’s infamous charging solution. While the mouse will come in new colors to match the new iMacs, Apple has confirmed The edge that the charging port is still at the bottom – meaning that five and a half years after launch, Apple still seems to think the best way to charge the mouse is to turn it over (rendering it unusable) and a Lightning cable.
The Magic Mouse’s charging situation has long been a bit of a joke – my former colleague Nick Statt equated it with looking like ‘a beetle with its paws in the air’ all the way in December 2015, and frankly I have a hard to come up with a better description.
Why hasn’t Apple taken the opportunity to change things besides the new iMac and Magic Keyboard? The company has made clear and good improvements to both products. Why not change the design of the Magic Mouse to have a charging port on the front, for example? That’s how wired / wireless mice have fared for years, including our favorite gaming mouse.
However, there is some hope that Apple is willing to ditch bad design. The first Apple Pencil had a similarly meme-worthy charging solution that required plugging it directly into an iPad’s Lightning port, but Apple solved that years later with the Apple Pencil 2 by charging it wirelessly from the side of iPads that support him.
And Apple today finally responded to complaints about the frustratingly fussy touchpad on the Apple TV remote by unveiling the new Siri Remote, which has a scroll wheel and clickpad. I cross my fingers. Apple will now update the Magic Mouse.