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Apple Remote

The Apple Company Remote is a remote device created for usage with Apple devices with infrared functionality issued after October 2005. This gadget was revealed on October 12, 2005. The remote is mostly designed from the interface of the 1st generation iPod Shuffle and consists of just seven keys. The seven buttons on the remote are for Menu, Play/Pause, Volume Up, Volume Down, Previous/Rewind, Next/Fast-forward, as well as a main Select key. The remote was initially designed to interact with Front Row in the iMac G5 as well as being compatible with the MacBook and MacBook Pro. Both The Mac mini and The Apple TV come with and also use the Apple Remote.


The remote was made to connect magnetically to the edge of the late G5 as well as the first Intel iMacs. These designs incorporated a number of concealed magnets in the base right corner area which attract the remote's battery. Also this is possible with the frame of MacBook monitors. Since February 2008, the MacBook and MacBook Pro do not incorporate an Apple Remote in the offer, nonetheless it stays compatible and offered as a choice for the MacBook Pro. Starting March 2009, the iMac and Mac mini as well do not come with an Apple Remote in the deal.

In October 2009 the original white colored synthetic remote was replaced with a leaner and extended aluminum model. The newer aluminum remote was launched together with the 27 inch aluminum iMacs and multi-touch Magic Mouse. In addition it presented a couple of adjustments in the six-button structure. The Play/Pause key was moved away from the middle of the directional control keys, putting it aside the Menu key (under the directional buttons). The signs for the Volume Up/Down and Next/Fast-forward control keys were changed to small dots. This was to help it become a lot more noticeable that the controls were as well used to move up, down, left, and right within selections. Every one of the keys was made black colored and embossed within the aluminum. Together with the modern style, the cost was lowered to $19.99.


A system may be set up to react only to a particular remote. This is often accomplished by holding the Apple Remote near the gadget with which it is supposed to be matched, after which pressing and holding the "Menu" and "Next" (or "Play"; this method also increments the remote ID before matching) keys for five seconds. Pairing can be deleted by holding the "Menu" and "Previous" control keys for five seconds or alternatively deactivating it under the Mac OS X "Security" System Preference pane. Solely people with admin rights are able to pair their remote; in a non-administrator account, holding the control keys does not have any impact and absolutely nothing will be shown. Matching is beneficial in the event that a customer possesses several products (for example both an iMac and an Apple TV) close by, if problems happen using remotes with both products.


People can put iMacs, MacBook Pros, MacBooks, Intel Mac minis, Apple TVs, or docked iPods into sleep mode by pressing down the Play/Pause key on the Apple Remote. Products may also be awakened by pressing whatever key on the remote.

Boot Options

Keeping down the Menu key on the remote when launching an Intel Macintosh goes into the Startup Manager (similar to holding the Option button at launch). The remote may then serve to cycle through every bootable partitions which enables you to then verify them by pushing the Play/Pause key. This is often great for Boot Camp users who can often utilize this function to boot into Windows partitions on the Intel Macs.

iOS App

Apple also provides a no cost 'Remote' app for iOS products (found in the iTunes App Store) that permits for wifi management of iTunes on Mac/Windows PCs or the Apple TV.