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Design hacker fixes biggest flaw of Apple Magic Mouse

Design hacker fixes charging and ergonomics issue of the Apple Magic Mouse (Image source: Apple)
Design hacker fixes charging and ergonomics issue of the Apple Magic Mouse (Image source: Apple)
Released in 2015, the Apple Magic Mouse 2nd Gen has had a surprisingly enduring life. It is still in circulation, with Apple bundling it with the latest M3 iMac. But its design makes it barely usable in some instances, and a design hacker has just fixed the mouse's biggest weakness.

Apple released the Magic Mouse in 2009, which replaced the Apple Mighty Mouse. It marked a major departure from its predecessor, with a sleek and low-profile design featuring a touchpad on the top. But the 2015 redesign, with the charging port on the bottom of the mouse, became Apple's most famously terrible design to date.

To charge the 2nd Gen Apple Magic Mouse (curr. US$79 on Amazon), users need to put it upside down, making it totally useless during the charging state. In addition, the 2nd Gen refresh didn't look into the mouse's ergonomics, making it sub-par to today's comfort standard for wireless mice.

Well, a design hacker named Ivan Kuleshov has fixed the biggest flaw of the Apple Magic Mouse. With the help of 3D printing, the hacker made a new enclosure for the mouse. This enclosure doesn't only solve the charging issue but also makes it much more ergonomic to hold.

Ivan Kuleshov's design features a USB-C, and the port can charge the battery directly. Also, even though the enclosure is comparatively large in size, it still makes the sensor of the mouse touch the surface, ensuring accurate tracking. Ivan calls this redesign "the world's first ergonomic Magic Mouse with no weaknesses."

While that might sound like a bold claim, it does offer a significant improvement over the original design of the Apple Magic Mouse. To allow 3D printer owners to build their own enclosure, Ivan has shared the source files for the project. It is currently up on the creator's GitHub account. You can also check out Ivan's Twitter (X) thread embedded below to learn more details about the project.


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Abid Ahsan Shanto, 2023-11-20 (Update: 2023-11-20)