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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:21 pm    Post subject: Apple Intros Aluminum Remote Control Reply with quote

Apple Intros Aluminum Remote Control
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Posted by: Glenn

Apple today introduced a new aluminum Apple Remote for Mac, iPhone and iPod users. According to the company, this remote gives you total command of your music, photos, videos, and DVDs from anywhere in the room. It also works with Front Row to make accessing the digital content on your Mac as simple as navigating your iPod. The remote is compatible with the iPod Universal Dock and Macs introduced in 2005 or later that have a built-in infrared receiver. The aluminum Apple Remote is priced at $19 and should start shipping in 2-4 weeks.



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No mention of the Apple TV on the product page. I find that a little strange.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope we get a new Front Row soon to go along with the remote. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder how it compares to the size of the current remote? It looks taller, but I don't see the dimensions listed.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'm not a fan of ir . i have tons of stuff that interfere with that.

Why not just do blu-tooth ?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

adv2k169 wrote:
Why not just do blu-tooth ?

It would be better for control out of the line-of-sight, but more complex and harder on the battery. IR also works with the dock, so they only have to make one product.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 7:07 pm    Post subject: power on Reply with quote

Can it turn the mac min's power on? I hate having to reach to the back to hit the damn power button.

It's the only thing I don't like about the mini.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 7:54 pm    Post subject: Re: power on Reply with quote

No Billistics, but you can put your Mac to sleep and wake it.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the description, they say it works with Front Row so they must have fixed something in that regard. This should complete the HTPC package with SL.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

adv2k169 wrote:
i'm not a fan of ir . i have tons of stuff that interfere with that.

Why not just do blu-tooth ?

NOOO!! We wouldn't be able to use our Harmony remotes anymore (same thing that's happening with the PS3's)!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:13 am    Post subject: Aluminium remote Reply with quote

Woohoo! I just received confirmation from Apple my new remote should arrive tomorrow. Usually 10 am for TNT deliveries in the burbs in sunny Brisbane. Excited! Clearly nothing happening in my life.........

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:23 am    Post subject: Re: Aluminium remote Reply with quote

pmjb wrote:
Woohoo! I just received confirmation from Apple my new remote should arrive tomorrow. Usually 10 am for TNT deliveries in the burbs in sunny Brisbane. Excited! Clearly nothing happening in my life.........

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Take a picture of the new and old one together. I'd like to see the difference in size. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:50 am    Post subject: Re: Aluminium remote Reply with quote

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pmjb wrote:
Woohoo! I just received confirmation from Apple my new remote should arrive tomorrow. Usually 10 am for TNT deliveries in the burbs in sunny Brisbane. Excited! Clearly nothing happening in my life.........

pmjb

Take a picture of the new and old one together. I'd like to see the difference in size. Smile


sure, no worries scooper

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MrBabou wrote:
adv2k169 wrote:
i'm not a fan of ir . i have tons of stuff that interfere with that.

Why not just do blu-tooth ?

NOOO!! We wouldn't be able to use our Harmony remotes anymore (same thing that's happening with the PS3's)!


How about if Logitech just comes out with a Bluetooth feature built into their remotes. They can still support IR along with Bluetooth. This is long overdue. Technology isn't going to stop just to please Logitech and Harmony users.

I have a Harmony remote and I don't even use it. It's not a cheap one either. I got it when I worked for the phone company. We used to offer them with IPTV, but they became a huge support issue, so the Telco stopped giving them away.

IR is long overdue to be replaced.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds good to me pmjb. Smile

Having a mixture of IR and Bluetooth would be be awesome. In the Harmony remotes and Apple remote. It really seems like Apple should have been using Bluetooth all along. Then again, it probably would have made the them more expensive.
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