Apple releases all-new redesigned Apple Remote; works with iPod, iPhone, and Mac

Apple today released an all new redesigned Apple Remote which works with iPod, iPhone, and your Mac.

Apple Remote with iPod and iPhone: If you connect your iPod to a home stereo, powered speakers, or TV set, the Apple Remote lets you experience your songs, slideshows, and more from across the room. Plug your iPod into the Universal Dock and choose a playlist, slideshow, or video. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy. Ready to move on to the next song? No need to get up. Just press the Next button on the Apple Remote. Getting a call on your iPhone? Press Pause, then pick up where you left off.

The Apple Remote requires the iPod Universal Dock and any iPod with a dock connector or any iPhone.

Apple Remote with Mac: The Apple Remote gives you total command of your music, photos, videos, and DVDs from anywhere in the room. It works with Front Row — a menu-based, full-screen interface — to make accessing the digital content on your Mac as simple as navigating your iPod. When you press the Menu button, your desktop fades and the sleek Front Row interface takes its place to give you control over your music in iTunes, your photos in iPhoto, the videos in your Movies folder, and your DVDs. Turn up the volume. Shuffle. Skip to the next chapter on your DVD. Play a slideshow, a home movie you made in iMovie, even a movie trailer.

Compatible with Apple products introduced in 2005 or later that have a built-in infrared (IR) receiver.

More info here.


  1. I’m happy they are moving away from the plasticy white look. Hopefully the next universal dock will get a makeover.

    I’m curious why they moved the Play/Pause button down below. It kinda felt natural in the circle, so I thought.

  2. Why bigger? Why move play/pause button from previous center position? And no labels or icons but dots (at leat, that they seem to be) for the 4 positions in the wheel? I appreciate the new aluminum material but don’t like the other decisions about the design

  3. That’s what we’ve been waiting for!

    Something we can use with most of our Apple gear at a price we all can afford.

    Screw Blu-ray, this is what everybody has been waiting for.

  4. @macman: “Compatible with Apple products introduced in 2005 or later that have a built-in infrared (IR) receiver.”

    I was asking the same question until I saw that little piece of info. So hopefully the answer is yes.

  5. My first reaction was “Why on Earth would I need a remote for a mobile device??” Then I remembered: I often work out on an exercise bike while my iPod is plugged into speakers way the heck out of my reach. In the past, this has affected what I play when I work out — it has to be something I know I’m not going to want to fast-forward. This remote could honestly be a godsend. I just might buy one of these things.


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