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Old Jul 6, 2013, 02:33 AM   #1
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What does the Ambient Light sensor on the Mini do?

I have no idea. It doesn't even change brightness.
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Old Jul 6, 2013, 02:42 AM   #2
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ambient light sensor? Do you mean the IR sensor? It detects remote controls...
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Old Jul 6, 2013, 03:26 AM   #3
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ambient light sensor? Do you mean the IR sensor? It detects remote controls...
The Black dot isn't an ambient light sensor? Sheet.
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Old Jul 6, 2013, 09:02 AM   #4
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The Black dot isn't an ambient light sensor? Sheet.
Nope. Used for apple remotes.
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Old Jul 6, 2013, 01:19 PM   #5
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The Black dot isn't an ambient light sensor? Sheet.
Hence apple sells remotes for the mini, older models came with remotes and their long standing popularity as htpcs.
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Old Jul 7, 2013, 03:19 AM   #6
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older models came with remotes and their long standing popularity as htpcs.
Really curious which ones. Have 3 mini's, none came with a remote.
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Old Jul 7, 2013, 03:24 AM   #7
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The Black dot isn't an ambient light sensor? Sheet.
Who told you it was an ambient light sensor? That's not the sort of thing you just assume. I am interested to know

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Hence apple sells remotes for the mini, older models came with remotes and their long standing popularity as htpcs.
The remotes have no genuine function anyway on a mini. I bought one assuming I could control iTunes like I do on ATV3. What a waste of money. Well as least I have a backup remote now.
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Old Jul 7, 2013, 04:09 AM   #8
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opinio, not sure about your setup - but on my 2010 mini, the remote does quite a lot - via front row. Does yours not?
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Old Jul 7, 2013, 05:08 AM   #9
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opinio, not sure about your setup - but on my 2010 mini, the remote does quite a lot - via front row. Does yours not?
Apple discontinued Front Row in 2011. They've also removed the IR sensor from all the hardware redesigns after that.
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Old Jul 7, 2013, 05:18 AM   #10
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opinio, not sure about your setup - but on my 2010 mini, the remote does quite a lot - via front row. Does yours not?
I looked at front row that I used to have in an older version of OSX but and I understand it uses iTunes in the back end but I wanted it to navigate itunes itself because my two young girls know itunes inside-out and they use the Apple touch pad for it. Front row is more of an ATV style GUI right? Anyway they were complaining at the time so I went back to old (not so old) faithful because it is what they use (Apple Touchpad w/ iTunes).

But all I remember is that the only thing you could do in iTunes with the remote was play. You couldn't navigate through movies, music etc. Please prove me wrong otherwise. I only spent 5 minutes at the time and gave up.

I might take a second look at Front Row. I have so many audio/visual apps already though.

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Apple discontinued Front Row in 2011. They've also removed the IR sensor from all the hardware redesigns after that.
So the IR sensor in the current 2012 mini is a relic from yesteryear? Wooo how retro
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Old Jul 7, 2013, 05:19 AM   #11
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Did not realize they ditched it, reason # 435 I'm glad I stuck with SL.

So, Apple kept the IR sensor in the hardware, but removed the OS based functionality it once provided?

Why does this not surprise me?

Edit: FYI, on the US Apple site - it still lists the IR port for the Mini.
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Old Jul 7, 2013, 10:37 AM   #12
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Did not realize they ditched it, reason # 435 I'm glad I stuck with SL.

So, Apple kept the IR sensor in the hardware, but removed the OS based functionality it once provided?

Why does this not surprise me?

Edit: FYI, on the US Apple site - it still lists the IR port for the Mini.
IR functionality still exists. One of the uses for my 2011 Mini is as a HTPC running Plex, and it works awesome with my Harmony remote.
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Old Jul 7, 2013, 03:31 PM   #13
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IR is great, I use it all the time when watching DVDs, to put the mini to sleep etc...
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Old Jul 7, 2013, 03:46 PM   #14
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I use mine to control both my minis at the same time to mute them when I have to take a call.
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