There is no way to fix the Magic Mouse, as Matty Benedetto of Unnecessary Inventions recently discovered. The YouTuber has made all sorts of interesting (albeit impractical) accessories and gadgets. The amount of creativity displayed in his videos is something to behold, but even he can’t get around the fatal flaw of Apple’s Magic Mouse.
For those unfamiliar, the Magic Mouse is Apple’s first mouse solution for the Mac. It includes a glass top, supports finger gestures and has a rechargeable battery. Bad side? The Lightning port for charging is located on the bottom of the device. This means users have to turn the mouse on its side and plug it in, rendering it functionally useless while charging.
Apple says a few minutes on the charger is all you need to get you through the day, but it’s still an annoying — and frankly, stupid — design choice. Apple fans have complained about this for years, but it’s something the company has refused to change.
Unnecessary inventions decided to try to solve it. By combining a 3D-printed elevator, a pair of metal ball bearings, and a rectangular Lightning connector, they created a working pod that would allow the Magic Mouse to move and charge at the same time.
Except, when the Magic Mouse is connected to a power source, it loses all other functions. As Matt told Gizmodo, “The problem they immediately discovered was simple but confusing: When the Mighty Mouse 2 is connected to a power source, it stops working. It charges just fine, but the rest just shuts off until the Lightning charging cable is unplugged.”
The Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad work fine when plugged in, but not the Magic Mouse. Apple may have known that no one would be able to use it with the charger on the bottom and installed some kind of shutter to prevent accidental clicks while the mouse is charging.
It’s still disappointing, and it looks like Apple fans will have to rely on Apple to properly fix the Magic Mouse in the future or find a better mouse alternative.