FAQ: Some details behind Apple's announcement

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  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Handy FAQ. Only one new thing for me:

    "Unlike the external iSight, there is no built-in door. A green light indicates the camera is on."

    Good--at least there's SOME way to judge whether your iMac is watching you :)
  3. macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    and if your still paranoid I'm sure you can spare some duct tape & tin foil from your hat haha
  4. macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2003
    Amsterdam, OH

    I'd like to know the source for the answers they provide. In particular, I had also been wondering whether the previous photo models would be upgraded via software update to allow video playing. They say "no", but don't offer any explanation. The photo models already do sound and video out to TV, and I've read that the video capabilities were disabled by Apple. I'll wait for official word from Apple and send a request in the mean time.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Is it just me, or did this article sound condescending?
  6. 24C
    macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2004
    Except some enterprising hack could disable this LED and it'd be like HAL all over again :eek:
  7. ntg
    macrumors regular


    May 3, 2002
    UK - Rushden, Northants
    hang on a minute...

    he says the remote uses Infra-red, but the tech specs of the new iMac only mention Bluetooth and Wi-Fi!

    There is no mention of an additional I/R dongle with the remote...

    Can anyone please confirm this?

    I guessed it would be BT, so I already ordered myself a remote for this laptop (BT and Wi-Fi built in, so didn't envisage a problem!)

    Any thoughts?

    Nig. :confused:

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

    I just found this at the bottom of the spec for the remote!

    So WHY doesn't the spec for the iMac mention built-in I/R?
  8. macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2004
    London, UK.
    I *think* that the new universal dock has built in IR. So I think you have to buy the remote and the dock..and then connect the dock to your mac and maybe it'll work? I'm not sure..but maybe ..
  9. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    I was wondering about this too, but the dock only talks about controlling an iPod in the dock.

    I am expecting a boxed product at some point that includes the remote, a CD with Front Row and a little white USB IR receiver...
  10. macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    No, it's not just you. The fact that it's on the MSN tech and gadgets page might have something to do with it. I wonder if they'd have the same tone if they were reviewing a <i>Microsoft</i> product.

    For example, take the first one:
    Couldn't they just as easily say, "yes, but you'll need to convert them into an iPod-compatible format, which requires additional software"?
  11. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I think they mean it's not available to older color iPods NOW. And I doubt it ever will be (screen size is different in pixels, for one thing, plus Apple makes money on iPods more than iTMS). But I don't recall Apple actually saying flat-out that they won't ever have an upgrade.

    Nope, it does. But you sound fine.

    I think because it's not meant for any OTHER purpose, just for the Apple Remote. For instance, no IrDA file transfers, presumably.

    The new iPod universal dock has a round IR receiver on the front, while the iMac has its receiver in the Apple logo, someone said.

    Addition: "...just like doing ANYTHING safely with a Windows computer requires." ;)
  12. macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    Apple did at least make that possibility difficult. The light is hard wired and would have to be replaced by a suitable dummy for the camera to keep working. With that much hassle, it would be easier for the Illuminati spies to put a separate camera somewhere.
  13. macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    The new iMac comes with the remote but not the dock. It's built into the main cabinet.
  14. macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2002
    All FAQs sound condescending. It's in their nature.

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