Apple's Siri Remote combines a touchpad with buttons, Bluetooth LE and a long-lasting, rechargeable li-ion battery into a compact form factor.
Remote Buddy 2 supports the buttons and touch area of the Siri Remote to enable usage of the remote as trackpad, remote control and keyboard:
Depending on Siri Remote model, the hardware capabilities, minimum required macOS version and supported features differ.
|macOS support||macOS 10.13 and later||macOS 10.13 and later||macOS 11.3.1 and later||macOS 13 and later|
|Buttons||6 (+ 1 in touchpad)||6 (+ 1 in touchpad)||8 (+ 5 in clickpad)||8 (+ 5 in clickpad)|
|Touch||multitouch touchpad||multitouch touchpad||multitouch clickpad||multitouch clickpad|
|Battery||built-in, rechargeable li-ion battery||built-in, rechargeable li-ion battery||built-in, rechargeable li-ion battery||built-in, rechargeable li-ion battery|
|Wake up Mac||no||no||no||no|
|Supported in Remote Buddy 2|
|Scrolling||two finger gesture||two finger gesture||circular gesture on the ring; optionally also presses on the ring||circular gesture on the ring; optionally also presses on the ring|
|Scroll directions||up, down, left, right||up, down, left, right||up, down, left, right||up, down, left, right|
|Mousespot||yes, automatic, configurable||yes, automatic, configurable||yes, automatic, configurable||yes, automatic, configurable|
|Remote mode||touch-based, using swipe gestures and/or presses||touch-based, using swipe gestures and/or presses||button-based, using the buttons built into the clickpad||button-based, using the buttons built into the clickpad|
At the time of writing, macOS 13 (Ventura) is required to use the latest, 3rd generation Siri Remote with USB-C charging port with Remote Buddy, because macOS Monterey - as of version 12.6 - does not include driver support for it.
As of macOS Big Sur 11.3.1, the Mac can not be woken up with the Siri Remote. The Siri Remote's microphone and IR transmitter are not supported by Remote Buddy 2.
Support for the Siri Remote in Remote Buddy 2 is only possible through the use of private APIs. While these private APIs have been stable and usable by 3rd party apps for many years, we can't guarantee that this will always be the case. Our ability to support the Siri Remote with future macOS releases fully depends on Apple's goodwill towards creative, useful apps like ours.
|Minimum OS||macOS 10.13 (1st gen), macOS 11 (2nd gen), macOS 13 (3rd gen)|