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In addition to announcing a new lineup of iMac, MacBook, and Mac mini computers today, Apple has quietly introduced the new Apple Remote ($19), a stylish new update to its prior white plastic version. Silver with a black set of buttons in a wheel-like shape, plus separate Menu and Play buttons, the new Apple Remote resembles a fifth-generation iPod nano minus the screen, and elongated for comfortable use in the hand. It interacts with Apple’s Universal Dock to control an iPod or iPhone’s playback on a television, as well as the Apple TV, and any Mac computer with an Infrared port. One other notable change is to the battery compartment, which has been moved to the rear of the Remote, with a twisting closure instead of the pop-out mechanism used in the older version. Apple’s online store currently shows the new Apple Remote as available within 2 to 4 weeks.

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1

2 to 4 weeks, eh?  I smell Apple TV refresh!

Posted by Adam on October 20, 2009 at 10:05 AM (PDT)

2

Why would they move the play/pause button?

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on October 20, 2009 at 10:29 AM (PDT)

3

I was thinking about the apple remote the other day and I realized what the remote needed the most—a sleep and/or power button.  For those of us who frequently watch movies on our computers, it would be nice to be able to use the remote to put our computers to sleep once we are done.  The point of a remote is to enable people to work their electronics from across the room but the apple remote doesn’t have enough functionality to do that yet.

Posted by Sarah on October 20, 2009 at 4:11 PM (PDT)

4

Sarah, You can put your mac to sleep by pressing and holding the Play button on the remote for a few seconds. A nice picture of an old style Mac appears with snoring “Z"s and the computer goes to sleep.

Posted by ChrisB on October 20, 2009 at 4:58 PM (PDT)

5

Ah.  Well, now I feel like an idiot.  But at least I’m an idiot who can put her computer to sleep without having to get out of bed.

Posted by Sarah on October 20, 2009 at 5:59 PM (PDT)

6

so, along with a fitting aesthetic.. now, we can pause music while still navigating menus. pretty nifty.

Posted by Jeremy on October 20, 2009 at 9:59 PM (PDT)

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