Universal dock remote.. How to use the menu function on it?

Discussion in 'iPod touch Accessories' started by snowychick2005, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. snowychick2005 macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys.. i jus wondering how to use the menu on my universal dock remote.. it doesn seems to do much other than pair the remote to the dock.. can i use the remote to control video if i put my itouch on it and connect it to the tv??
     
  2. leturner macrumors newbie

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    Feb 25, 2008
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    Alas, the Apple Remote provides only minimal play and volume control for the Universal Dock (or uniDock as I call it). And, apparently, the 'Menu' button only works to pair the Remote with the Universal Dock (or uniDock as I'll call it)

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1827

    While nice, it's a missed opportunity for full remote control in IMHO. My fictional dream spec for full control would be based on the following stupendously original button mapping:

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    1. Vol + = Up
    2. Rewind = Left
    3. Vol - = Down
    4. Menu = Menu
    5. Came with the image, IR port if you care.
    6. Fast Forward = Right
    7. Play/Pause = Select/Go
    8. Button Battery = Button Battery

    Buttons explained:
    • Menu: move to parent Menu of current list or playing media
    • >||: enter/play current selection
    • +: up one in current location
    • –: down one in current location
    • |<<: do nothing OR same as Menu (ie. left/out to parent current location)
    • >>|: do nothing OR same as >|| (ie. right/in to child of current location )

    Even extends to iPod Touch/iPhone where the top level media "channels" are buttons at bottom, not just the top level list.

    At the top of a "Channel" list, Menu would shift focus to the Channel buttons list. |<< (left) or >>| (right) to shift to desired button, >|| to select/enter.

    Since Touch/iPhone interface doesn't automatically select the first item in a list, press - (down) to start with the top item.

    Nice thing is this could mimic fairly closely to standard user experience of normal iPod touch wheel nav, and use of the cardinal directions of the Remote "Ring" would be fairly easy to pick up.

    BIG BONUS:
    When in menus, show ipod screen on tv (as-is is fine, don't need new interface unless they want to get all nice and front row like which would be sooooo Apple of them)

    How hard could that be? *sarcasm*

    Probly just a code rewrite, firmware update, new hardware and complete restructuring of the iPod architecture, right?
    See, simple!
     
  3. SMDrew macrumors member

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    Jun 1, 2008
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    Personally, methinks Apple intentionally is holding back on the Menu button functionality, so as not to cannibalize their sales of AppleTV devices.

    I was deeply saddened to get everything hooked up (after dropping some coin on the dock + Apple cable) and find out I am missing a seemingly core part of the functionality.

    Does anyone know if the hacked iPhone supports the menu button feature?
     

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