Somebody finally fixed Apple's worst-ever design

Magic Mouse
Magic Mouse (Image credit: iMore)

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  • An engineer on social media has modified a Magic Mouse to give it wireless charging, and the results are amazing.

An engineer on social media has finally fixed one of the worst designs ever created by Apple, by adding wireless charging to Apple's Magic Mouse.

The Magic Mouse is notorious because the device's charging port is housed underneath the device, making it impossible to use whilst charging, and making the upturned device very unsightly and un-Apple to look at. (Pictured)

Now, in a video shared to social media, one engineer has taken matters into their own hands and created a wirelessly charging Magic Mouse thanks to a whole lot of DIY.

The video, shared by DuanRui on Twitter, is a therapeutic 90 seconds of wizardry, which ends with a Magic Mouse that can be charged wirelessly. They even added a built-in wireless charging point to their desk thanks to some under-the-table modifications. Check it out!

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A popular companion accessory to Apple's iMac lineup, there is every chance the Magic Mouse might get a slightly more official upgrade this year. According to recent reports, Apple is planning to release new iMacs to replace its existing 23.1-inch and 27-inch models. From that report:

A new Bloomberg report claims that Apple has a whole raft of new products in the works across the iMac, Mac Pro, and display lineups. Including a replacement for the popular $999 Thunderbolt Display.Starting with the iMacs, Bloomberg's report says that Apple is working on versions to replace the existing 21.5-inch and 27-inch models, although it isn't clear what the sizes will be for the new models. The design will be all-new, with something more closely resembling the Pro Display XDR aesthetic, the report claims.

The report indicates that Apple's new iMacs will look a lot like Apple's Pro Display XDR monitor.

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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

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3 Comments
  • I always thought the charge port on the belly was intentional so as to prevent users from keeping a lightning charge cable permanently connected to it and thus shortening the battery’s life. My family members do this with their Apple wireless keyboard and I have to believe that a perma-connected charge cable has diminished their keyboard battery life.
  • That's an interesting/plausible idea. I get that the bottom charging plug makes an easy target for superficial ridicule for how it looks. But I have a magic mouse 2 (and another for work too which I use 8+hrs every day), and for something that only needs to charge for a couple of minutes every few months is pretty much a non-issue. Even if you miss the low-charge warnings, it isn't going to impact your productivity if you have to got grab a coffee or snack to finish your day.
  • It kills me that this is still an issue for people all these years later. It literally takes 5-10 minutes for the mouse to charge enough to get through a days work if it dies in the middle of the day until you can give it a full charge over night. Not to mention it stays charged for months on end. Putting the charge port on the front, back, or sides would have been very un-Apple like. I’ll admit wireless charged would have been nice all along but I just don’t think the technology was there.