For many years Apple built IR receivers for the Apple Remote in most Macs - but does no longer.
The last models to include a built-in IR receiver were:
If you are unsure whether your Mac has a built-in IR receiver, open the System-Profiler app and look for a USB device called "IR Receiver" with Vendor ID
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The built-in Apple IR receiver is limited to receiving button presses from the Apple Remote. It does not support any other IR protocols.
macOS on Apple silicon has dropped driver support for the Apple IR Receiver - likely because none of the M1 Macs has a built-in Apple IR Receiver.
Externally attached Apple IR Receivers (f.ex. spare Intel Mac parts with manually soldered on USB plug) therefore are also no longer supported by macOS on Apple silicon. Thanks to special driver support, externally attached Apple IR Receivers can still be used with Remote Buddy 2 on Apple silicon, but support for this really rare use case should be considered experimental and limited.
If you're looking for an external IR receiver for your Apple silicon Mac that's fully supported by Remote Buddy 2, we recommend getting a Flirc USB.
The Apple IR Receiver or Apple Remote don't work. My Mac has no built-in IR receiver. How can I use an Apple Remote with it?
The following IR remotes are supported by Remote Buddy 2 and compatible with Apple IR Receiver:
Remotes with Wakeup badge can be used with Apple IR Receiver to wake the Mac from sleep.