Forum Question: Apple Remote & MacBook Air

I recently ordered a new MacBook Air. Today, I read somewhere that an Apple Remote is not included with the Air. I have extras here, so that’s not a problem. But then I read that the Apple Remote doesn’t even work with the Air. Is this true? If so, what is a good alternative to the Apple Remote? This would be for use with Keynote.

Comments: One Response to “Apple Remote & MacBook Air”

    5/9/11 @ 10:35 am

    That’s right. The Apple Remotes are IR remotes, and the 2010 Air doesn’t have an IR receiver.
    You could control a Keynote presentation with the Keynote Remote app on an iPhone or iPod Touch. That works as long as the two are connected to the same wifi network.
    Before the Apple Remotes even existed, KeySpan has some remotes that worked with Macs. Not sure what their current line looks like. Looks like they are now part of Tripp Lite.
    A search seems to suggest that some other phone manufacturers have software that lets you connect their bluetooth phones to your Mac as remote controls. But I’m not familiar with any of those.
    I’m also seeing some people use Wii Remotes as bluetooth remote controls for Macs with some open source software. So you may want to look into that.

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