What does the Ambient Light sensor on the Mini do?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ConfusedBatman, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I have no idea. It doesn't even change brightness.
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    ambient light sensor? Do you mean the IR sensor? It detects remote controls...
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    The Black dot isn't an ambient light sensor? Sheet.
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    Nope. Used for apple remotes.
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    Hence apple sells remotes for the mini, older models came with remotes and their long standing popularity as htpcs.
     
  6. macrumors 68000

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    Really curious which ones. Have 3 mini's, none came with a remote.
     
  7. macrumors 65816

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    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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    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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    opinio, not sure about your setup - but on my 2010 mini, the remote does quite a lot - via front row. Does yours not?
     
  9. APlotdevice, Jul 7, 2013
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    Apple discontinued Front Row in 2011. They've also removed the IR sensor from all the hardware redesigns after that.
     
  10. macrumors 65816

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    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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    So the IR sensor in the current 2012 mini is a relic from yesteryear? Wooo how retro :)
     
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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? :rolleyes:

    Edit: FYI, on the US Apple site - it still lists the IR port for the Mini.
     
  12. macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  13. macrumors member

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    IR is great, I use it all the time when watching DVDs, to put the mini to sleep etc...
     
  14. macrumors 6502a

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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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