The newest Apple keyboard and mouse are really a significant step backwards. With the eMac, theyre one thing. But why the Apple Keyboard and Mouse have infiltrated to the rest of the product line has been beyond me. Its especially bad with the G5. It is sad to say that the keyboard that shipped with the G4 is better than the keyboard that ships with the G5. And at least the Pro Keyboard matches the G4, too. Theres nothing that could contrast more with the G5 than the new, stark-white Apple keyboard.
Yeah, someone needs to write a nasty letter to whoever is in charge of Apple peripherals. Seriously, the puck was enough. (actually, the innovation of taking the ability to reset the computer and moving it from a simple key combo on the keyboard to a little hole on the side of the computer that requires a paper clip to press was enough). But then they went and replaced the Pro keyboard with an inferior, uglier one.
Turning to the omnipresent and ever popular issue of two-button mice . . .
I dislike them. They do nothing for me. The Mac GUI was designed to work efficiently and effectively with a single-button mouse, and control-clicking really isnt that big of a deal, especially when considering that any application that could use a two-button mice for functionality is probably an application that you need the keyboard constantly for anyway.
In the hundreds (God, at least 100 . . . probably not too much more than that, though . . . hehe) of people that Ive talked and lectured to about Mac vs. PC, one gripe stands out over them all . . . by a sizeable margin: no two-button mouse. Its a fact . . . In the mind of thousands of PC users, the one-button mouse is probably the only thing standing in their way when it comes to buying a Mac. It is sad, but I have long been confirmed of its truth.
Umm . . . what should Apple do? Im not sure . . . frankly, nor could I care. If Apple released a two-button mouse, Im sure it would be best and most beautiful one ever. Good. And if its one-button mice from here until the Millenium . . . thats cool too.
Anyway, Apple peripherals have a bad habit of skiping: they go from bad, horrible accident/mistake to world-class . . . then back again . . then back again again. Now that were in our horrible Apple Keyboard/Mouse phase . . . the next peripheral innovation should be world-class.