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

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Apple launched a new Magic Mouse today, March 8, 2022. It’s a slick 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 (making it unusable). ) and a Lightning cable.

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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 slew of colorful Magic Mice and had a chance to change the way they charge to change but did not. it. Apple has kept this ‘charge-on-the-bottom’ design since October 2015.

My previous roadside colleague Nick Statt ridiculed the mouse’s design in December after it was introduced, pointing out that Apple asks mouse users to “turn the device on its back like a bug with its paws in the air and plug in the cable.” .” I also included some of that quote in my article last year, and I’m mentioning it again here because I still think it’s a good metaphor for how silly it all looks.

Most rechargeable wireless mice allow you to plug them in so you can use them while charging. But for some reason, Apple steadfastly refuses to put a charging port anywhere but under the Magic Mouse. The company has shown a willingness to reinstate many of its other odd design decisions — the newer Apple Pencil doesn’t have to stick out of a Lightning port to charge, for example, and the new Apple TV Siri Remote has ditched the old touchpad for a scroll wheel. and a click pad.

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With the new Mac Studio, Apple has even added a few USB-C ports and an SDXC card slot on the front side rather than shoving them all in the back, a reflection of Apple’s recent willingness to give people ports they want in the obvious places (see also: the many ports on the new MacBook Pros). But the charging port on the bottom for the Magic Mouse 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 don’t have to plug in the mouse every week. But in my past experiences with wireless mice, I’d use them until their batteries were completely drained, and then I’d scramble to find a charging cable so I could use them wired for a short while while they charged. I couldn’t do that with the Magic Mouse; I would have to slide it aside while resting on its back to get some more juice and hope I have another mouse or trackpad I could use in the meantime.

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

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