Hacker fixes Apple Magic Mouse’s most obvious design flaws, together with its oft-maligned cost port

Hacker fixes Apple Magic Mouse’s most obvious design flaws, together with its oft-maligned cost port

A self-confessed {hardware} hacker has offered an ergonomic and easy-charging resolution for customers of the Apple Magic Mouse. Ivan Kuleshov on Twitter / X has uploaded a thread that reveals a step-by-step spirit of DIY correction of the Apple mouse’s main sins. Nonetheless, he guarantees a extra thorough recipe and information will probably be uploaded to GitHub within the coming days.

Apple’s pancake-flat minimalist mouse turned one thing of a meme in its second iteration (2015) when Apple made it rechargeable however put the charging port on the underside of the gadget, going through down. The third era gadget (2022) didn’t change this design facet. Because of the charging port placement, customers should cease work to recharge their rodent, putting it flat on its again.

Kuleshov shares a number of photos, movies, and numerous explanations of his Magic Mouse modification mission. It’s simple to get a grasp of his holistic resolution. A 3D printed spacer part separates the unique Magic Mouse’s higher and decrease shells, with a slight right-hand twist plus palm heel. The added layer additionally makes it simpler to rejig the mouse innards and alter the angle of the facility connector so this mouse will get a extra conventional tail. Whereas conducting such surgical procedure, Kuleshov additionally modified the charging port from Apple Lightning (on its solution to the dustbin of historical past) for the standard feminine USB Sort-C connector.

There have been a number of underlying design modifications that weren’t required however added finesse to the {hardware} hack. Crucial was including electronics so the mouse was nonetheless responsive and powered whereas related to a cost supply. A 3D-printed interior part additionally helped Kuleshov present a desk-side base for the sensor (no gaps or mirrors).

RGB Model on the Approach? 

In response to numerous inquiries, Kuleshov revealed a number of prototypes he tried earlier than going public together with his hack. He additionally confirmed to the Twitterati that “a variant with RGB lighting primarily based on RP2040” has even been examined.

Kuleshov confirmed that he’ll present directions for replicating his mods, which might occur as quickly as right now (or tomorrow). You’re requested to observe his Twitter / X profile for GitHub hyperlinks or hit refresh on Kuleshov’s Uptime Lab weblog to be taught extra in regards to the mission.

Although we applaud the DIY spirit and re-imagining of the Apple Magic Mouse, very succesful mice that do not want modifications are already accessible.

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