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Use iPhone headphones as a remote for Keynote iOS devices
Since the new MacBooks now receive input from the iPhone's headphones, you can use those headphones as a remote for running a presentation in Keynote '09:
  • One click starts the presentation.
  • Two clicks moves to the next slide.
  • Three clicks moves to the last slide.
[robg adds: I haven't tested this one.]
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Use iPhone headphones as a remote for Keynote
Authored by: Clint MacDonald on Mar 25, '09 07:54:48AM

Intriguing, but it did not work for me using either Apple's original iPhone earbuds or the newer in-ear model.



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Use iPhone headphones as a remote for Keynote
Authored by: Clint MacDonald on Mar 25, '09 07:56:35AM

To qualify my own post, I was using a first generation MacBook Air in my test.



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Works for me...
Authored by: dws90 on Mar 25, '09 09:57:25AM

This works on my latest-gen MacBook Pro with the standard headphones that came with my iPhone. I'm not sure how useful it would be, but cool nevertheless...

The headphones also do what you'd expect in iTunes. That was news to be, so thanks!



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Use iPhone headphones as a remote for Keynote
Authored by: Stormchild on Mar 25, '09 08:11:26PM

What a strange feature. Why would anyone want a tethered 'remote'? Woo, now you can control the software from up to two feet away from your computer!



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Use iPhone headphones as a remote for Keynote
Authored by: HobbesDoo on Mar 25, '09 09:04:20PM

How about when your laptop lid is closed and you're listening to music on the laptop? I think it's a very useful tip. Thanks.



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Use iPhone headphones as a remote for Keynote
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 26, '09 04:55:49PM
What about it? Well it would probably work (see other posts), but why would you want to? Sounds like a decidedly odd use case to me. Unless of course they intend to release wireless headphones with a remote. Now that would be something.

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Use iPhone headphones as a remote for Keynote
Authored by: tommyw on Mar 26, '09 03:04:34AM

Didn't work on my 2.33Ghz MBPro.

Didn't work while plugged into my iPhone with Apple's Remote app running which would be even better I think. A tactile button for a slideshow would be a nice alternative there.



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Use iPhone headphones as a remote for Keynote
Authored by: hamarkus on Mar 27, '09 07:59:18AM

The first sentence of this hints tells you why:
"Since the new MacBooks now receive input from the iPhone's headphones"
Only the unibody MB(P)s can receive input from the iPhone remote.



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Use iPhone headphones as a remote for Keynote
Authored by: mortification on Mar 28, '09 04:54:54AM

It does work on my latest 13 inch macbook. What actually would be great if you could plug the headphones in the iPhone that's connected via wifi with the macbook and then use the same trick.



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