Beyond the Front Row with the Apple Remote
Not only are half of Apple’s computer offerings running with Intel processors, they also all come with a remote control. And you can get a remote for your iPod (with the Universal Dock) and it comes with the iPod Hi-Fi. The main reason for including the sophisticatedly simple remote is that it is the interface tool for accessing Front Row. But the diminutive device does that and so much more.
How much more? I thought you’d never ask. But since you have, I’ve begun compiling a list, which I present here for your enjoyment. And who knows, maybe you’ll find something useful here.
- Click any button on the remote to wake your Mac from Sleep
- Control the volume of your Mac with the +/- buttons
- Control your QuickTime Movies, including Play, Pause, Fast Forward, Rewind, and Skip to the Beginning; Pause the movie and click the Next button to step through the movie frame by frame
- Control DVD playback
- Use the Next and Previous buttons to control slides in Keynote
- Use the Next and Previous buttons to move between songs in iTunes; Play and Pause songs with the Play button
- Next and Previous buttons move you through the Source pane in iPhoto.
- Click the Play button to start a slide show using that source; click again to pause the slide show, and the Next and Previous buttons will move to the next or previous slide; Click the Menu button to exit the slide show
- Click and hold the Play button and a “snoring” image of the remote will appear on screen. Continue holding the Play button and your Mac will go to sleep
If you have multiple remotes or devices that use remotes (in a classroom setting with multiple iMacs, for example), you can pair a specific remote to a specific computer.
- Hold the remote about 3-4 inches in front of the computer
- Point the remote at the IR receiver
- behind the Apple logo on iMacs
- to the left of the latch on MacBook Pros
- to the right of the optical drive for Mac minis
- the top left of iPod Hi-Fis
- the center of iPod Universal Docks
- Click and hold the Menu and Next/Fast-forward buttons for 5 seconds
For computers, an image of the remote and a linked chain will flash on the screen indicating that the remote has been paired with the computer. Only that remote can control the computer, and vice versa. There is no visual feedback for iPod Hi-Fi or the iPod Universal Dock
To unpair the computer, open the Security pane in System Preferences and Click Unpair (near the bottom right corner of the window).
For further protection, check Disable remote control infrared receiver in the Security pane. This will lock out any remote (if you are worried about malicious folks in the coffee shop).
One more (fun) thing
You can verify that your Apple Remote is working by using the built in iSight camera on your iMac or MacBook Pro. Open Photo Booth and point the remote at the iSight. Click the Play button and you should see a faint blinking light coming from the end of the remote. If you do, the remote is working. If not, you may need to change the battery. Apple recommends using the preview mode of iChat AV, but I think Photo Booth is more fun!
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In which Mark takes a look at what you can do with the Apple Remote...
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