does the remote have the magnet?

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  • Nobody really knows the reason why Apple discontinued the magnetic remote feature. The magnet you are referencing was actually only built, or designed for that specific use, into the early aluminum iMacs/MacBooks. The magnets are used to hold the glass on the aluminum imac's lcd. It so happens that the old remote's internal components were magnetic and one of the magnets on the screen was powerful enough to hold it to the computer. Starting in 2008, they made minor changes to the internal components near the lcd, thus removing the magnetic remote capability. I don't think these remotes will have the magnetic capability, as it has been explored by Apple in the past, and has most likely been deemed unnecessary or not up to the Apple brand's standards, as far as having a "clutter free computer without wires or things dangling off the side of it."

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