I think it's just a shadow that you're seeing. Look at the picture on the right; I don't think there's a ledge there.
Apple hasn't mentioned the other functions you mention, but who knows if someone will come up with a hack to just that. The IR is in the iMac anyway, but if the OS doesn't support those functions, I doubt we'll see it.
You're right, though. Being able to do at least those three things wouild be a great idea.
Yea, the "ledge" looked like a reflection in some of the photos and a "ledge" in others....just couldn't tell. In a couple of photos you can not even notice it.
I hope it functions with the addtional features that I suggested above.....sure would be nice for this 'ol couch potato....lol
You also really get a sense of just how small the remote is when viewed on the side of the iMac!
I thought that too, but I read this on the esign page -
"The simple six-button Apple Remote gives you control over your music, movies and photos from anywhere in the room and it stows away neatly (and magnetically) on the side of your iMac when not on"
Stands to reason since there was a magnet on top for the iSight before that was added to the latest iMacs.