The Compact Bluetooth iOS Remote That Apple Won't Give Us

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Apple's wireless Bluetooth keyboard plays wonderfully with all of the company's hardware, from laptops to iOS devices. But for whatever reason, Apple has limited its lovely aluminum remote to IR, so it won't work with your iPhone or iPad. So Satechi has stepped in to save the lazy day.

Its Bluetooth multimedia remote might not be as sleek as Apple's hardware, but it makes up for it with extra functionality including a dedicated mute button, a camera shutter release, and a duplicate home button so you can even activate Siri from afar. Furthermore, there's a sliding panel revealing a compact set of numeric buttons for selecting specific tracks or chapters, and on a single battery it will run for at least six months. Totally worth the $40 they're asking if it means you no longer have to reach an extra six inches to skip a track on your phone.