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Siri Remote

Apple's Siri Remote combines a touchpad with buttons, Bluetooth LE and a long-lasting, rechargeable li-ion battery into a compact form factor.

Supported features

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:

Trackpad

Move the mouse pointer, click, drag or scroll. Integrated with the Mousespot pointer spotlight effect.

Remote

Control apps using the built-in buttons and the clickpad or touchpad respectively.

Keyboard

Enter text or simulate pressing key combinations with the virtual on-screen keyboard.

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Different models

Depending on Siri Remote model, the hardware capabilities, minimum required macOS version and supported features differ.

1st generation
(2015)
1st generation
(2017 refresh)
2nd generation
(2021)
Model A1513 A1962 A2540
Introduction 2015 2017 2021
Availability
discontinued
discontinued
available
macOS support macOS 10.13 and later macOS 10.13 and later macOS 11.3.1 and later
Buttons 6 (+ 1 in touchpad) 6 (+ 1 in touchpad) 8 (+ 5 in clickpad)
Touch multitouch touchpad multitouch touchpad multitouch clickpad
Sensors accelerometer
gyroscope
accelerometer
3-axis gyroscope
-
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0 5.0
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
Supported in Remote Buddy 2
Trackpad mode yes yes yes
Clicking yes yes yes
Scrolling two finger gesture two finger gesture 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
Mousespot 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
Buttons yes yes yes
Virtual Keyboard yes yes yes
Automatic
mode switch
yes yes yes

Limitations

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.

Apps supporting Siri Remote

macOS 11 and later
Remote Buddy 2.0

Last updated: 2021-05-22T16:10:22+00:00
Datasheet
VendorApple
Technology Bluetooth LE
Device Type Remote
Minimum OSmacOS 11
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