Apple’s BIGGEST design flaw is (sort of) fixed by this YouTuber’s 3D-printed plastic accessory

For a YouTube channel called Useless Inventions, this may be the most needed one yet…

If you’ve been on the internet long enough, you’ll have come across Matty Benedetto or one of his hundreds of creations that solve some of the world’s most ridiculous problems, like wanting to eat an Oreo with no hands, or wanting your sunglasses and AirPods exist as a single device. Benedetto finds ridiculous problems and over-engineers even more absurd solutions, prototyping and testing them (some are even available on his online store)…even though that problem might not be so ridiculous after all. Widely touted as Apple’s biggest design flaw, the company’s Magic Mouse is infamous for needing to be flipped over to charge it, rendering it utterly useless in the process. It’s inelegant, and the only (logical) explanation seems to be that Apple doesn’t want you to use the mouse while you’re charging it, but Benedetto has a clever solution that defies everything…well, sort of.

Designer: Matt Benedetto (Useless Inventions)

Having faced this issue as well, Benedetto decided to tackle it head-on, or rather from below, because that’s where the charging port is on the Apple Magic Mouse. Benedetto’s solution was to simply bend the wire and introduce a makeshift cart that still allows you to drag the mouse around your mouse pad/desk WITH the bent wire. Simple, isn’t it?

Made from 2 pieces of 3D printed plastic, with massive ball bearings on each side, this useless invention allows you to route an L-shaped Lightning cable through it and directly into the charging port. On the other side of the mouse is its optical sensor, which Benedetto says wouldn’t be affected too much, as his invention literally supports the Magic Mouse instead of laying it flat against the surface. Using the Magic Mouse with this nifty gadget actually proved that its calculations were correct and that the optical sensor could, in fact, still work even when tilted very gently… but it’s not there that Benedetto’s solution hit a brick wall.

Much to his chagrin, Benedetto discovered (literally the hard way) that no matter what kind of over-engineered solution he came up with, it was doomed to fail. See, the bad guys at Apple didn’t just clumsily place the charging port on the Magic Mouse… they also built a kill-switch into it that would prevent the mouse from WORKING while charging. Pretty sneaky, isn’t it? Guess that’s just Tim Cook’s way of telling us all to just buy the Magic Trackpad instead.

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