The Linux Kernel Might Finally See Proper Support For The Apple Magic Mouse 2
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 27 March 2021 at 09:28 AM EDT. 14 Comments
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Standard mouse functionality of Apple's Magic Mouse 2 works currently under Linux but the "hid-magicmouse" mainline driver might finally be extended to fully support the Magic Mouse 2.

The Magic Mouse 2 was introduced a half-decade ago already and basic mouse functionality works currently under Linux with the generic HID input code. There has also been out-of-tree / third-party support efforts for the Magic Mouse 2 but lacking mainline support. What's new this weekend are patches sent out for review to improve upon the hid-magicmouse mainline driver to cover the Magic Mouse 2.


John Chen sent out a set of four patches a short time ago to extend the hid-magicmouse driver to cover the Magic Mouse 2 so the battery status and other functionality is working under Linux. The patches are in turn based on third-party GitHub-hosted projects that worked on the Magic Mouse 2 / Magic Trackpad 2 support under Linux. The patchwork also includes extending the HID input driver for the battery support too.

The ~150 lines worth of patches can be found on the kernel mailing list if you are after seeing better mainline support for the Apple Magic Mouse 2 on Linux.

This Bluetooth-connected, rechargeable, multi-touch mouse retails for about $79 USD.
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