I have a 13" white unibody MacBook from 2010 which I'd like to use with the Apple remote, to control keynote presentations. According to this question, I need an external IR reciever for the remote to work with my MacBook. Would an IR receiver actually work, and if so, what are my options?

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If you're looking to control Keynote presentations and your Mac doesn't have a built-in IR port, you could buy an external receiver, but I suggest you use either:

  • The Keynote Remote app for iPhone. This works over wi-fi and requires only a $0.99 purchase and no additional hardware to buy or set up.


  • A specialized slide advancer, like this Logitech one. This is designed to be comfortable to hold (the Apple Remote wasn't) and doesn't require line-of-sight to the receiver (which is a small USB dongle) to work. Some of the better ones have a slide counter and laser pointers built in.

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    I love the Apple remote but I have no excuse to buy one now. I have the Keynote remote app and I happen to not like it very much.
    – Moshe
    Commented Apr 2, 2012 at 22:31
  • @Moshe Then I recommend the slide advancer. Some of the better ones even have built-in slide counters and laser pointers. Commented Apr 2, 2012 at 22:32

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