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Apple IR Receiver

For many years Apple built IR receivers for the Apple Remote in most Macs - but does no longer.

The last models to include a built-in IR receiver were:

  • iMac: Mid 2011
  • Mac mini: Late 2014
  • MacBook: Mid 2009
  • MacBook Air: Mid 2009
  • MacBook Pro (without Retina display): Mid 2012

If you are unsure whether your Mac has a built-in IR receiver, open the System-Profiler app and look for a USB device called "IR Receiver" with Vendor ID 0x05ac.

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Add an IR receiver to your Mac that works well with the Apple Remote - with support for pairing, wake from sleep and more. With Remote Buddy 2 and Flirc USB !

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Usage with other remotes

The built-in Apple IR receiver is limited to receiving button presses from the Apple Remote. It does not support any other IR protocols.

Apple silicon / M1 Macs

macOS on Apple silicon has dropped driver support for the Apple IR Receiver - likely because none of the M1 Macs has a built-in Apple IR Receiver.

Externally attached Apple IR Receivers (f.ex. spare Intel Mac parts with manually soldered on USB plug) therefore are also no longer supported by macOS on Apple silicon. Thanks to special driver support, externally attached Apple IR Receivers can still be used with Remote Buddy 2 on Apple silicon, but support for this really rare use case should be considered experimental and limited.

If you're looking for an external IR receiver for your Apple silicon Mac that's fully supported by Remote Buddy 2, we recommend getting a Flirc USB.

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Compatible remotes

The following IR remotes are supported by Remote Buddy 2 and compatible with Apple IR Receiver:

Apple Remote (Aluminium)
Wakeup
Apple Remote (white)
Wakeup
Logitech Harmony 300/350
Wakeup
Logitech Harmony 525
Wakeup
Logitech Harmony 650/665
Wakeup
Logitech Harmony 880
Wakeup
Logitech Harmony 950
Wakeup
Logitech Harmony One
Wakeup

Remotes with Wakeup badge can be used with Apple IR Receiver to wake the Mac from sleep.

Apps supporting Apple IR Receiver

macOS 10.12 and later
Remote Buddy 2.0
macOS 10.7 - 10.12
Remote Buddy 1.x

Last updated: 2020-06-20T11:36:22+00:00
Datasheet
VendorApple
Technology Infrared
Device Type Receiver
Availabilitydiscontinued