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Do the Macbooks retain infrared communication capabilities?

by sup909 / April 27, 2006 10:32 AM PDT

I'm going to be buying a new macbook or macbook pro within the next 2-4 weeks and I was wondering if the new macbooks still have infrared communication?

I would like to be able to sync my PDA via infrared if possible.

There does not seem to be any info on the website about this and it is unclear as to whether or not the iremote uses infrared or bluetooth for communications.

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I can't say
by grimgraphix / April 27, 2006 12:14 PM PDT

but hasn't bluetooth taken over from infrared more than a few years ago? I never needed such abilities although I had a Powerbook CS 190 that had the port built in back in 1995. Since that time I've only seen external infrared ports. Would that be a possibility for you?

grim

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Infrared
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 27, 2006 9:45 PM PDT

I have been all through the Tech Specs and although the Macbook does have an IR port, it is for the use of the Remote Control device.
The preferred method of syncing you PDA is, apparently, BlueTooth.

Full tech specs are available, in PDF format, from the Apple site

Best I can do, sorry.


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(NT) (NT) 555
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 28, 2006 11:48 PM PDT
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Macbooks and IrDA
by monty425 / May 5, 2006 5:08 AM PDT

Laptops from Apple have not had an infrared port since the PowerBook G4 (DVI) was introduced in April 2002. USB to IrDA dongles are available for cheap.

HTH

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bluetooth is included in MBP
by michael902 / May 5, 2006 6:47 AM PDT
In reply to: Macbooks and IrDA

why not just use bluetooth instead?

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(NT) (NT) Because my PDA doesn't have bluetooth -nt-
by sup909 / May 6, 2006 3:38 AM PDT
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