June 19, 2000, Apple has demonstrated an unusual computer mouse, the Apple Pro Mouse.
It is a typical ball had an optical sensor to track movement (then it was still a novelty). In addition, the mouse had no buttons — no one. The manipulator is supplied with computer Power Mac G4 Cube.
Senior design engineer company Sparkfactror Design, which collaborated with Apple in one of his interviews said that his appearance mouse with no buttons required case. It was an unfinished layout of the manipulator button, which simply did not have time to identify before Steve jobs came by to see samples and choose the best. In the end, he chose this mouse because of its unique and besknopochnogo “design”.
The new manipulator was the users choice. And this is not surprising because the previous mouse — Apple USB Mouse (M4848) — were frankly uncomfortable, its round shape did not help to correctly put a hand on her blindly. Even Steve jobs at the presentation of “besknopochnogo” tailed acknowledged that the previous one was the worst mouse on the market.
Finally it is worth noting that the new product, the Apple Pro Mouse, still had buttons, but rather one, and more to the point her whole body was a button that was pressed closer to the beginning.
On the same day under the same WWDC, Apple also introduced the Power Mac G4 Cube, with whom in the kit and will ship the Apple Pro Mouse. The computer was also able to attract everyone’s attention. Outwardly, it looked very unusual: a silver inner case only 18 cm in length, width and height neatly housed in a clear acrylic outer casing.
However, the Power Mac G4 Cube was a very unpopular model. His sales were so small that Apple, having tried all known ways to attract attention, in less than a year stopped production of this model.
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