I stumbled across this bit of Apple awesomeness today. If you look at the huge splash image, you'll note this text to the right of the mouse:
Touch-sensitive technology detects right and left click.
Oh? I'm sorry, I was under the impression that you manipulated mice with telepathy, not with touch! What a revolutionary invention!
So here's the timeline as I see it:
- Apple comes out with their first Mac with one mouse button to make things simple, because two buttons on a mouse is too much.
- People complain, so they come out with a two-button mouse. People associate those with PCs and hate them.
- Some years later, Apple invents a mouse that looks like it has one button but behaves like it has two, due to fancy "touch-sensitivity."
- Apple fanboys everywhere rejoice that they can now do two things with their mouse without being seen with a two-button mouse.
I predict that next year Apple will invent:
- Touch-sensitive keyboards,
- precision air-compressing speakers,
- and light-emitting monitors.
Oh, and by the way, the price tag on that fancy touch-sensitivity? $70.