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Ugh, Apple still refuses to fix its most infuriating design

Apple Studio Display
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As usual, Apple revealed new goodies across its entire product spectrum last night, from the headline-grabbing Mac Studio to a new green hue for the iPhone 13. Perhaps the least notable of the lot was the new colour options for the Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2 – but the latter has managed to rile up the internet.

As any Magic Mouse user will tell you, the accessory's charging process is, er, less than ideal. In possibly Apple's most mind-boggling design decision ever, it placed the lightning port on the bottom of the mouse, rendering it utterly unusable while being charged. Yesterday Apple announced a new black colour designed to sit alongside the Mac Studio and Studio Display – but that port is still in exactly the same place. 

Apple Magic Mouse 2

(Image credit: Apple)

Seriously, it's starting to feel like Apple is taking the mick now. The mouse is seven years old, but the company keeps on releasing new colours – last spring it revealed no less than six hues designed to complement the beautiful 2021 iMac. And yep, they all feature the same stupid, ridiculous, annoying, frustrating, silly, daft, foolish, unintelligent, dull-witted, empty-headed, imbecilic charging solution. 

A simple search for 'worst Apple design' on Twitter proves that this is perhaps Apple's worst ever design crime. The platform is littered with posts complaining about the awkward port placement, and a few naive hopefuls wondering whether yesterday would be the day it was finally fixed (it wasn't). 

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There's no denying that the Magic Mouse 2 is a case of form over function – but hey, at least it looks good. While that's the case with most of its products, Apple has let out a few aesthetic monstrosities over the years, from the iPhone 6 Smart Battery Case to the 2003 iMac Keyboard. Here are the 10 most beautiful Apple products – and the 5 ugliest. And be sure to check out our best MacBook deals below. (You don't have to turn them upside-down to charge them.) 

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Daniel Piper
Senior News Editor

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).