The next iteration of the Apple Magic Mouse accessory may benefit from the Force Touch technology used on some MacBook laptops and the Apple Watch.
It features force sensors that are able to detect how hard the user is pressing, enabling the MacBook to offer different options within OS X.
There’s also a Taptic Engine which registers a clicking sensation wherever users tap the trackpad.
See also: What is Force Touch?
“The trackpad sends a tangible response to your fingertip when you perform certain tasks, like aligning annotations on a PDF,” Apple explains on its website.
Apple also has a dedicated Magic Trackpad 2 featuring the tech, while it also exists on the iPhone 6S range under the 3D Touch guise.
Bringing this to the Magic Mouse appears to be the next logical step, although it’s unclear whether the patent filed will ever come to fruition as a consumer product.
The Magic Mouse was last refreshed in October last year as an in-the-box option for those buying a brand new iMac, while it is also available separately for £65/$79.
The only real upgrade was the battery was replaced with a lightning port for charging purposes.