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reemas
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Jan 22, 2004, 04:49 PM
 
a QUICK question... does the PB have an IR port?
and does apple plan to ditch this for bluetooth? I have a palm and cell that have IR. just curious.

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Jan 22, 2004, 05:38 PM
 
The aluminium pb's don't. I've got a feeling that the Ti's do, but I'm not certain.
     
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Jan 22, 2004, 05:41 PM
 
Plan to ditch it? They have ditched it. The TiBooks were the last PB's with IR.
     
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Jan 22, 2004, 05:49 PM
 
Even the newer Ti's don't have Ir. Apple ditched it, then waited a year or so before bringing in Bluetooth.
     
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Jan 22, 2004, 09:08 PM
 
And OS X doesn't even support IrDA on the TiBooks that have it, AFAIK.
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Jan 23, 2004, 01:52 AM
 
they claim to support it
(i have a rev. A tibook, and it DOES have infrared),
but i couldn't get it to network with my old rev.b imac (running 9.2.2),
at the time the tibook was running 10.2.6, so maybe they don't support it. i couldn't find any help for it either...
     
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Jan 23, 2004, 02:23 AM
 
ewwww... IR
mmmmm... BT

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Jan 23, 2004, 09:50 PM
 
Originally posted by MountainMac:
And OS X doesn't even support IrDA on the TiBooks that have it, AFAIK.
No, it supports IrDA on any supported Mac that has it. OS X support for IrDA was first added for the TiBooks, then in a minor update to 10.1 for the others.

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Jan 23, 2004, 10:21 PM
 
When powerbooks went DVI the IR port was dropped.

edit: on second thought, I think it was when they added the sound in on the 667 and 800 revision. (but that's still dvi.. isn't it?)

Maybe sound in was before dvi.. if so that's when it was.. :shrug:
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Jan 24, 2004, 12:02 AM
 
Of what use is IR on a laptop?
     
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Jan 24, 2004, 01:08 AM
 
Originally posted by Wiskedjak:
Of what use is IR on a laptop?
The only use i could think of for IR is probably to sync to non-BT phones.
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Jan 24, 2004, 02:54 AM
 
Originally posted by Wiskedjak:
Of what use is IR on a laptop?
-Syncing of PDAs
-Printing to IR-printers
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Jan 24, 2004, 01:06 PM
 
I would definitely use IR on my Powerbook to sync my Palm PDA. I don't want to spend $130 for the SD Bluetooth card adapter for my Palm. I actively use iSync with my Bluetooth phone (Siemens S56) and my Palm now, but, it's a hassle to dig the USB sync cord out every time to do that.

Bluetooth, however, would be much nicer overall; IR is just cost effective at this point for me.
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Jan 24, 2004, 03:07 PM
 
On my Pismo, I used it to sync my Palm handheld when traveling... slow, but didn't require me to bring along the HotSync cable.

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