By David Worthington | Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 3:40 am
Apple’s new Magic Mouse has a lot of people talking, but not just about its features. A tantalizing tidbit is tucked away in the hardware manual saying that the device requires OS X 10.6.2 or later to operate. Given the short time period that it takes customer orders to be processed, the folks at AppleInsider have surmised that an OS update could be released within days.
The Magic Mouse, which was announced yesterday, is a revised take on the mouse that adds multitouch gestures as input–eliminating the scroll wheel. While the device may require a Snow Leopard update to run, it is also compatible with Mac OS X 10.5.8 (Leopard) or later.
Beta versions of OS X 10.6.2 are reported to address some widely publicized bugs, including one which can cause user data to be deleted when logging in and out of a guest account. Other fixes address graphics and video display issues.
The 10.6.1 service pack was released in early September, just weeks after Snow Leopard became available. It provided compatibility, security and stability fixes.
I’m usually very cautious about reading Apple’s tea leaves, but this one seems like a no brainer. I hope 10.6.2 will fix some of the random bugs that I have encountered.