Apple 1988 Mouse USB




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Introduction: Apple 1988 Mouse USB

Hi ,

This is my third instructable and i hope you love it !

Today i want to re-use an old ( 1988 ) Apple mouse .

Step 1: Prepare All !

I find the Apple mouse in my "garage" , and i buy for 2.74 usd an optical mouse ( on ebay).

I prepare the Apple mouse by clean the interior with my dremell ,

I make a hole on the Apple logo , and glue the part of the optical device.

Step 2:

On the electronic of the usb mouse , i'm soldering some cables to put the switch and the blue led outside the circuit board.

I change the cable , because the new cable was black and it's not the same color of the Apple mouse !

I put a small piece of black plastic on the "Apple" hole.

Step 3:

I cut a small piece of this white foam to glue under the circuit board ,

I put all in the Apple mouse , glue all the elements .

Close the box ...

Step 4:

Et voila !!

An new-old Apple Mouse USB !!

This mouse works great , with the same noise when you click ( it's a coincidence) but only the left clic ! (Perhaps it's good for some persons ...)

Thanks for your attention , and see you later for new aventures .



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The 1988 Apple mouse was SO angular. Was this mouse from an apple classic?

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because it was angular , i love it !
Not ergonomic !
I don't know for how Mac use this mouse , i find it on a trash !

In the pictures I've seen this (I think it's from a Mac Classic, the first mac with a mouse) I always thought that the button was a lever. Push down the left side to left click, and the right side to right click.

Oh, just did some research! It also could be from a Macintosh SE

The first Mac with a mouse was the Macintosh. The first Mac with an ADB mouse was the SE. The Classic replaced the SE.

on this mouse , you have only one button .
Perhaps from Macintosh SE ...

Actually, sounds fun to use when there is only one button.

yes , but with Apple Mouse Utility , it's possible (not really fast , but possible...)

An interesting retro repurposing. Looks polished, but it may be inconvenient only having a left mouse button. Perhaps some dremel-action could fix that...

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actualy alot of apple mouses today still use the one button click so it wouldnt be too bad

Thanks !
In a first time , i want to use my Deremel , but i think the result was not looking good ...
gmichaelt find a smart utility and i can use like a 2 buttons mouse !

Certainly possible. but no need, really - if you've installed One Finger Snap:

This little freeware (and open source) offering "is a Preference Pane that brings up the contextual menu whenever you click and hold down the mouse button... you can do everything with a single-button mouse that you can do with a 2-button mouse." You can set the time required for the 'mouse-down' event to trigger the appearance of the contextual menu. Source code is also available.

If you're using the mouse on a PC (can't imagine why or why not), you can work with a one-button mouse if you've got Apple Mouse Utility:

installed. It converts a Control-key-modified mouse click into a right-click, which will present the contextual menu.

Hi ,
thanks ! i try the Applemouse Utility who working very fine !
I can use my Apple mouse everytime ...
Thanks again.

Thanks !

Thanks !