Apple introduces multitouch Magic Mouse, single or multi-button; $69

Apple on Tuesday introduced the new wireless Magic Mouse with multitouch technology, successor to the maligned Mighty Mouse and available for $69.

Apple on Tuesday introduced (statement) the new wireless Magic Mouse with multitouch technology, successor to the maligned Mighty Mouse and available for $69.

Answering calls to rid of the Mighty Mouse's troublesome scroll ball, the new Magic Mouse offers a multitouch surface.

[Image Gallery: Apple's multitouch Magic Mouse]

The device features a seamless touch-sensitive enclosure that allows it to be a single or multi-button mouse with gesture support. Using gestures, users can scroll through long documents, pan across large images or swipe to move forward or backward through web pages or photos.

Magic Mouse works for left or right handed users and multi-button or gesture commands can be configured from within System Preferences.

The mouse's laser tracking engine keeps things running, and the mouse itself uses Bluetooth wireless to make it happen. Apple says the mouse has "an advanced power management system" to help with battery life -- it's powered by two included AA batteries.

Magic Mouse comes standard with the new iMac, but will be available as a Mac accessory at $69.

More Apple announcements today:

ZDNet blogger Andrew Mager said he doesn't think the world is ready for a multitouch mouse. Are you?

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