Mac OS X 10.6.2 Release Imminent - Required for Full Magic Mouse Support

Those on Leopard will require Mac OS X 10.5.8 and a Wireless Mouse Software update

By on October 21st, 2009 13:35 GMT
In addition to posting new Support documentation online, Apple has also posted the user manual for its Magic Mouse in PDF format. Available as a free download from the Mac maker’s website, the “Apple Magic Mouse – User Guide” (PDF) contains a few interesting accounts, one of which suggests Mac OS X 10.6.2 is under a week away from its public release.

“Your wireless Apple Magic Mouse comes with two AA batteries installed and uses Bluetooth technology to connect to your Mac,” the user guide for Magic Mouse reads. “Read these instructions to set up your mouse with a new Mac, replace your USB mouse, pair your mouse with a different Mac, and replace the batteries.” Apple then goes to note that, “[In order] to use your Apple Magic Mouse and its full range of features, [you must] update your Mac to Mac OS X version 10.5.8 or later and install the Wireless Mouse Software Update 1.0; or update to Mac OS X version 10.6.2 or later.”

By disclosing that Magic Mouse needed either one of these two software updates so that the user could enjoy its full benefits, the company indirectly confirmed a planned release date for the latest incremental update to Snow Leopard – Mac OS X 10.6.2. Sure enough, if the system update isn’t ready in time, Apple may issue a Snow Leopard version of the Wireless Mouse Software Update.

“The same Multi-Touch technology first introduced on the revolutionary iPhone comes to the mouse,” Apple says on its website. “It’s called Magic Mouse, and it’s the world’s first Multi-Touch mouse,” the peripheral’s description goes. “Click anywhere, scroll in any direction, and swipe through images on its smooth, seamless top shell. It works wirelessly using Bluetooth, so you don’t have to worry about cables or adapters cluttering your workspace. And built-in software lets you configure Magic Mouse any way you want.”

These are the things Magic Mouse can do, so it’s imperative that one of the two software updates arrives in under a week from now.

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