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Remotes for computers

dianed143@comcast.net
I’ve had the little rectangular Apple remote for years now. It may have come with my 2005 iBook. I know it worked on the old iPod docks.

It also works wonderfully on my 2008 unibody to control iTunes on the other side of the room.

But it failed miserably when I tried to start and stop a video on my 2015 MBP Retina.

It sounds like it and the old machines use infrared and that is not present on the newer machines?

When did infrared disappear? And how to get any remote to work on the 2015 MPB?

Thanks
Diane
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Re: Remotes for computers

Paul Chernoff
Apple had stopped including the infrared sensor in the MacBooks by 2015. See the answers on this page. https://www.apple.com/shop/question/answers/mac/does-apple-remote-pair-with-macbook-pro-retina/Q9UAUDFU7YYC7AJF2

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Re: Remotes for computers

dianed143@comcast.net
Ah thanks! I didn’t see that when I google, just the infrared thing.

Also do you know the address to posting to the new list? I’ve did it in the beginning but that addy does not work for me so something must’ve changed.

Thanks
Diane


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Re: Remotes for computers

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On Tue, May 1, 2018 at 3:36 PM Diane <[hidden email]> wrote:
Also do you know the address to posting to the new list? 
 
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Re: Remotes for computers

Barbara Nostrand
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Satechi makes a pointer that you recharge with USB. Its builtin bluetooth is discoverable by and works with a 2015 MacBook Retina which is what I currently have. Satechi Model ST-APA Bluetooth Aluminum Presenter. It is pretty basic. Its three buttons allow you to go forward and backward with the third turning on the pointer. But, it very much does the job for me. Yes, Apple discontinued infrared on pretty much all models.

> On May 1, 2018, at 1:35 PM, Diane <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> I’ve had the little rectangular Apple remote for years now. It may have come with my 2005 iBook. I know it worked on the old iPod docks.
>
> It also works wonderfully on my 2008 unibody to control iTunes on the other side of the room.
>
> But it failed miserably when I tried to start and stop a video on my 2015 MBP Retina.
>
> It sounds like it and the old machines use infrared and that is not present on the newer machines?
>
> When did infrared disappear? And how to get any remote to work on the 2015 MPB?
>
> Thanks
> Diane
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Re: Remotes for computers

dianed143@comcast.net
Thank you!

Is there a way to do it from my iPhone SE?

Diane

> On May 2, 2018, at 8:44 AM, Barbara Nostrand, PhD <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> Satechi makes a pointer that you recharge with USB. Its builtin bluetooth is discoverable by and works with a 2015 MacBook Retina which is what I currently have. Satechi Model ST-APA Bluetooth Aluminum Presenter. It is pretty basic. Its three buttons allow you to go forward and backward with the third turning on the pointer. But, it very much does the job for me. Yes, Apple discontinued infrared on pretty much all models.
>
>> On May 1, 2018, at 1:35 PM, Diane <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>
>> I’ve had the little rectangular Apple remote for years now. It may have come with my 2005 iBook. I know it worked on the old iPod docks.
>>
>> It also works wonderfully on my 2008 unibody to control iTunes on the other side of the room.
>>
>> But it failed miserably when I tried to start and stop a video on my 2015 MBP Retina.
>>
>> It sounds like it and the old machines use infrared and that is not present on the newer machines?
>>
>> When did infrared disappear? And how to get any remote to work on the 2015 MPB?
>>
>> Thanks
>> Diane
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Re: Remotes for computers

Alan Forkosh


There are several apps for IOS that turn those devices into Mac Mice. The original was Remote Mouse. They work over WiFi with a free  server app on the Mac. For many the basic emulation is free, but fancier stuff (media keys, full keyboard emulation, etc.) are extra cost options. The original was Remote mouse, but I see several others in the App Store when I search. 

I have no experience using them, except playing with the free version of Remote Mouse for a few minutes to confirm that it works.

On May 2, 2018, at 5:53 AM, Diane <[hidden email]> wrote:


Is there a way to do it from my iPhone SE?

Diane



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