The Apple patent machine keeps cranking out innovation after innovation, and it seems like they’ve taken pity on the lefties of the world in their latest mouse patent. Apple has patented technology that lets lefties hold the mouse in their left hand. Sure, a left handed mouse isn’t that big of a deal, but this particular patent has the ability to realize which hand a user is holding the mouse in, based on sensors on the sides of the mouse.

The patent is a little bit dated, having been filed in 2003, so there’s a good chance that Apple has moved beyond this technology when they released the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad. Neither of the new input devices seem to have the technology built in, nor do they seem to need it.

So why is this news? It’s a nice little reminder that Apple’s thinking about lefties despite telling us we should be holding our iPhones in our right hands. Lefties haven’t been abandoned, and that’s great news for some of us.

Although, now that I think about it, Apple 2010 could be anti-lefty, while Apple 2003 could be a little less handist.

Article Via 9 to 5 Mac