use Apple Remote with any Mac

most Mac models have no infrared receiver – except the Mac Pro and some iMac models.

With the Manta Mini USB plug you can control any Mac with any version of Apple Remote. Additionally you will need to purchase the Mira software that gives you control and customisation – can be bought in a bundle.

If you have a newer Mac with at least BlueTooth 4 and the Apple Siri Remote, then installing the freeware SiriMote software will be enough and no additional hardware is required.