Answering calls to rid of the Mighty Mouse's troublesome scroll ball, the new Magic Mouse offers a multitouch surface.
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:
- Apple debuts new 21.5" and 27" iMac desktops; aluminum and glass; SD card slot
- Apple unveils new unibody polycarbonate MacBook; 7-hour battery, LED display, multitouch trackpad; $999
- Apple refreshes specs on Mac mini; starts $599; Snow Leopard server model, $999
- Apple's $19 remote gets aluminum refresh; control iPod, iPhone, Mac
- Apple updates AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule; improves performance
ZDNet blogger Andrew Mager said he doesn't think the world is ready for a multitouch mouse. Are you?