Multi Touch Comes to Magic Mouse

Apple’s key to success:

Come up with an amazing technology and use it on everything.

First the iPhone, then iPod touch, soon after macbook trackpads, the newest apple product to adapt multitouch is their new revolutionary “magic mouse”. It’s the first mouse I’ve seen that is without a single button. The entire surface of the mouse is sensitive and can detect your fingers.

Like any apple fan I decided that I needed to go try this out, so I headed to my local apple store to give it a shot. During my short time using it I notice it was surprisingly easy to use and enjoyable. The scrolling was simple and had no learning curve whatsoever, two finger swiping worked near perfectly. I do wish that apple would have kept a way to trigger expose but who says that cant be fixed with a creative software update. All in all the mouse was easy to use and I think I’ll be picking one up sometime soon.


Free iPods for College Students

Universities are handing out iPhones and Internet-capable iPods to students. These internet devices have have some great possibilities. Schools could send messages about canceled classes, delayed buses, campus crises or just the new cafeteria menu.

Apple is happy with this decision. They are able to hook more young consumers for the future. The only group of people who might not find this so cool is the professors. Students already have laptops and cellphones but the newest devices can take class distractions to a new level. I know if I had an iPhone and was in the middle of listening to a boring lecture, I would pull it out and start to play a little game or chat with a friend via IM. 

Although plenty of students take their laptops to class, they don’t take them everywhere and would prefer something lighter. Abilene Christian settled on the devices after surveying students and finding that they did not like hauling around laptops, but that most always carried a cellular phone.

It is not clear how many colleges plan to give out iPhones and iPods this fall; officials at Apple were, as usual, coy about the subject and said they would not leak any institution’s plans. 

At each college, the students who choose to get an iPhone must pay for the mobile phone service. Those service contracts include unlimited data use. Both the iPhones and iPod Touch can connect to the Internet through campus wireless networks. With the iPhone, those networks may provide faster connections and longer battery life that AT&T’s data network. Many cellphones allow users to surf the Web, but only some newer ones have WiFi capability.