What signal does the Remote use? (WiFi, Bluetooth, Infrared...)

Apple Remote

Apple Remote

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  • Best Answer:

    It uses an IR (Infrared) signal to transmit information. You need a IR Receiver on your computer, or universal dock to use this remote.

  • Infrared. Therefore only controls Macs that have an infrared receiver. Check the specs - as an example, the new Macbook ($999) does not.

  • To remain backwards compatible, the new remote continues to use high-power infra-red. High-power IR allows you to use the remote even when not in direct line-of-sight as the signal is capable of reflecting off surrounding surfaces. You can see the IR transmitter at the top on the 3/4 view image.

  • Quoted from item description (directly above these Q/As):
    "Compatible with Apple products introduced in 2005 or later that have a built-in INFRARED (IR) receiver."

  • The remote uses infrared, which is why you need an infrared receiver for the remote to work.

  • It uses infrared (IR), like the old white Apple Remote. This means the remote needs line of sight to whatever you're controlling.

  • Infrared. It's compatible with macs that were built after 2005.

  • Infrared (IR)

  • It is infrared, like the previous one.

  • It uses infrared.

    "Compatible with Apple products introduced in 2005 or later that have a built-in infrared (IR) receiver."

  • It uses infrared. It can be used with machines that have infrared receiver for the remote (AppleTV, iPod with dock, most Macs you would find today).

  • The Apple Remote uses Infrared signals, as did the previous model Apple Remote. Because of this the remote will only work with Macs built after 2005, because the earlier Macs do not have infrared receivers, and universal iPod docks, which also have infrared receivers.

  • IR

  • Compatible with Apple products introduced in 2005 or later that have a built-in infrared (IR) receiver.

  • IR. The requirements state you need a Mac with an IR receiver, or the Universal Dock, which only has IR.

  • It is compatible with Apple products introduced in 2005 or later that have a built-in infrared (IR) receiver. You do not need Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

  • The new Apple remote, as with all other older Apple remotes, uses infrared. You will need an Apple product introduced in 2005 or later that has a built-in infrared receiver.

  • Infrared

  • The signal of Remote use is infrared (IR)

  • Infrared, it'll work with all post-2005 Macs with an IR port.