IR sensor rMBP???

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mcr, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. mcr macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2005
    Hi, I've read in Engadget that the Retina Macbook Pro lacks of IR sensor.
    It's this true?, how can it be??
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Many posts on this right here. No IR sensor. How can it be? Apple obviously will tell you what you need in life.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Yes, its true.

    Because apple decided to remove it.
  4. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    My assumption is that Apple thinks most people who own a Mac also own an iDevice that can run a remote app far more featured than the Apple remote and they can save a buck or two (and some space) by no longer including it.
  5. HighEndMac macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2011
    What is an IR Sensor?
  6. Feed Me macrumors 6502a

    Feed Me

    Jan 7, 2012
    Location Location
    Infrared sensor, used for remotes and such

    I always thought the IR was useless, especially since they took out Front Row.
  7. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Infrared Sensor for use with apple remote.

    Apple is moving towards AirPlay hence the lack of need for it. Also cleans up the front of the rmbp
  8. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    InfraRed - the sensor for the apple remote
  9. stuaz macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2012
    I turned mine off on my Macbook Pro 13" 2009. Remotes belong with TV's and Stereo's and such.
  10. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2008
    That was one thing which I really liked about the old MacBooks.

    With them removing Front Row I guess it's a bit useless now.
  11. TopToffee macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2008
    Quite pleased about this. Get really irritated when I'm operating my apple tv, and it also makes my MBP do stuff.
  12. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2008
    I'm assuming you have two remotes, one for the ATV and one for the Pro- you know you can lock the Pro to only respond to one remote right?

    I think you can also completely disable the IR sensor if that's what you want to do.
  13. TopToffee macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2008
    No, my MBP didn't come with a remote. I'd look into disabling it, but my rMBP arrives tomorrow ;)
  14. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock
    Go to System Preferences - Security - General settings and turn off the IR sensor, or if you have an Apple IR remote specifically for your MBP you can pair it with the compter to prevent receiving random commands from other IR devices ;)


    Pity, this is one feature I will miss. I have always found the IR remote to be very useful, $20 for the IR remote, $200 for a iPod Touch such is the price of progress :p

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