Apart from pairing the Apple TV Siri Remote with your Mac to test Apple TV apps running in Xcode’s simulator, the remote is not of much use on the Mac. That’s where SiriMote, an awesome third-party app comes into play: it enables you to use the Apple TV Siri Remote with all sorts of applications.
Aside from controlling your Mac’s system volume, SiriMote lets you use Siri Remote to control:
- iTunes (Play/Pause, Fast Forward, Rewind, Next Track, Previous Track)
- Keynote (Next Slide, Previous Slide)
- QuickTime (Play/Pause, Fast Forward, Rewind)
- VLC (Play/Pause, Fast Forward, Rewind, Next Track, Previous Track)
You can also use it to controll any other application that react to the media keys on the Mac’s keyboard.
SiriMote translates remote buttons into media key presses of your Mac’s keyboard. For example, when you press Volume Up on the Siri Remote, the app will translate that into the Volume Up key on your keyboard and send it to the system.
Likewise, it translates the Play/Pause button on the Remote to the Play/Pause media key on your Mac’s keyboard and sends that to the system.
That enables your Remote to interact with any application that hooks into the media key event system.
SiriMote requires OS X El Capitan 10.11 or newer and a Mac with Bluetooth 4.0.
The app is free and can be downloaded from the Eternal Storms Software website.