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Mira Enables the Apple Remote for Any Mac

Current Macs don't feature Apple Remote support “in-the-box.” It doesn't matter if you have the newest Mac or an older model, with Mira and a supported IR receiver, you can use the Apple Remote with any app.

Manta Mini Receiver

Mira and Manta Mini

Twisted Melon's newest receiver is Manta Mini. It connects to an available USB port and along with Mira, enables use of the Apple Remote on any Mac.


  • Use the Apple Remote on any Mac with Mira
  • Small - just over 1.5" long
  • Portable with removable USB cable
  • Position the receiver anywhere, even if your Mac itself is hidden
  • A small LED blinks when a signal is received


In the box

  • Manta Mini unit
  • USB cable: 50cm (1.5 feet)


  • Type A USB connector
  • USB Cable Extension with Type A male and female
  • Small USB-C adapter available separately


  • Lifetime online support
  • 1 Year limited warranty


  • Input: Consumer Infrared (cIR) signals
  • Distance: 10m (33 feet) with Apple Remote (fresh battery)

IR Frequency

  • Receiving: 31 - 60 kHz


  • Mira (MacOS 10.7 - 10.14) or Remote Buddy (MacOS 10.14 or newer) software
  • Apple Remote (or compatible)
  • Available USB port

Electrical Requirements

  • 4.5 - 5.25v (from USB)
    • 500ma (normal)
    • 100ma (sleep)**


  • Length: 43mm (1.9 inches)
  • Width: 20mm (0.8 inches)
  • Height: 16mm (0.6 inches)

** (Wake from Sleep requires universal remote)

Already Own a USB IR Receiver?

Some customers may already have an IR receiver they use with another product, so we're building support into Mira for a number of alternate receivers.

eHome USB IR Transceiver

Keyspan DMR & Express Receivers

Though somewhat bulky, these receivers have been available for a number of years and enjoyed relatively wide availability. If you have one of these lying around, now's your chance to take it out of the drawer and put it to use with Mira and the Apple Remote. Your model number must be in the UIA-11 series.
(Model -11F is not supported at this time.)

eHome USB IR Transceiver

MCE (eHome) 2005 Receivers

These USB products are designed for Windows Media Center Edition 2005 -if you already have one lying around, download Mira and give it a try.


The model shown above is from Philips/Microsoft and is available in a stand-alone kit with a remote. Other variations are available in different colors, shapes, sizes and may also come with products from third parties such as Hauppauge, HP, Dell, Toshiba, etc. MCE products do not support wake from sleep on the Mac.


Need an Apple Remote?

The Apple Remote is available on its own as an accessory. You can get more information on our Frequently Asked Questions page.


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MacOS Catalina Unsupported

MacOS 10.15 has removed core frameworks that Mira relies on for functionality. Mira will not function in MacOS 10.5 Catalina. If you need Mira in your workflow, please don't update to the new OS at this time.
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MacOS Mojave Settings

To make sure Mira continues to properly control your apps in MacOS 10.14, you might need to manually grant it permission inside the Accessibility section of System & Privacy Preferences.
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Now Shipping

New Mira version, new mini IR receiver, USB-C adapter.
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  • MacOS 10.7 to 10.14
  • Available USB port
  • Apple Remote
  • IR Receiver*

*Supported Receivers

Made for Mac OS | Universal

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