Siri Remote

Control your Mac with your Siri Remote – with SiriMote (for free)!

What’s New in v1.4?

  • SiriMote now supports Apple’s new Siri Remote (2021) on macOS 11 Big Sur and newer.
    I’m looking into bringing support for it to older versions of macOS as well, but I haven’t found a way yet.
  • A new App Icon

If you connect a new Siri Remote to your Mac, you’ll be greeted by this new drawing:

Just like the old remote, this new one is drawn in code so it scales nicely 🙂

There’s not much more to tell about this update, except that SiriMote is Freeware – as it has been from the beginning.
However, if you’d like to support my work, please do check out my other apps – it’d mean a lot to me!

Enjoy!

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In the latest Xcode beta (currently, 7.1 beta 2), I noticed this in its Release Notes (login required) :

(…)Developers running on Yosemite will not be able to pair the Apple TV Remote with the tvOS Simulator Runtime. (…)

That implies that it’s somehow possible to pair the Apple TV Remote with a Mac running OS X 10.11 El Capitan – but how? There’s no explanation anywhere to be found.

Un-pair the Apple TV Remote

If you’ve already paired your Apple TV Remote with your Apple TV Developer Kit, you won’t be able to pair it with your Mac – you’ll have to un-pair it first.

Remote and interaction remote 2xOriginal Image Credit: Apple Inc., markup mine.

A response to this forum threadon the Apple Developer Forums lead me to how to do it: Hold down the Menu and Volume-Up keys on your Apple TV Remote for about 5 seconds, perhaps a little longer, and the Remote’s pairing will be reset.

Pair it with your Mac

Launch System Preferences and click on Bluetooth. In there, you’ll see something like this:

Screenshot of System Preferences 05 10 2015 17 37 23The Apple TV Remote in System Preferences / Bluetooth.

Click on Pair to pair the Apple TV Remote with your Mac. There should be a spinning wheel for a couple of seconds after which it should be paired.

Ready to Rock

Now the Xcode tvOS Simulator automatically recognizes the paired Apple TV Remote and should respond to anything you do on it. Enjoy 🙂

Update (October 6th, 2015) – Media Control?

Oliver Drobnik (@Cocoanetics on twitter) was interested in what kind of Bluetooth profiles the Apple Developer Kit Remote supports – for example, the Media Control profile to be able to adjust volume, play/pause, etc) – or if it can only be used in Xcode’s Simulator.
He suggested I use the free Bluetooth Scanner App LightBlue to see what profiles it supports.
According to the app and this Apple website that lists the service names, the profiles supported are Battery Service, Bond Management, Device Info and a custom Apple service – so no media control for now.
But thanks to Oliver, now we know.

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