6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 21, 2010 12:29 PM by Dah•veed
farhan ahmed Level 1 (0 points)
Okay, well seeing as I don't yet have the iMac I desire, I should probably ask if it is possible to turn off the iMac's display without actually turning off the computer.

If that is possible, is there a way to turn off the display using the Apple Remote? Similar to the way you could turn on or off a TV with the remote. Do you think it's possible?

N/A, Windows 7
  • Dah•veed Level 7 (33,665 points)
    Yes you can sleep the display without sleeping the iMac.

    The Apple remote is for operating multimedia applications with a Mac, and it can sleep and awaken a Mac, but not just the display.

    There is some software that can extend the usefulness of the Apple Remote, such as Remote Buddy.


  • farhan ahmed Level 1 (0 points)
    Hmm..okay I think I understand.

    Sorry if I sound like a dummy for asking this, but is putting the mac to sleep the same thing as turning it off completely?
  • rexwui Level 1 (10 points)

    You can put your system to sleep with the Apple Remote. Hold down the play/pause button and it will put it to sleep. Press any key after, and it will wake your system.

    For me, it takes about 5 sec to put to sleep and about 2-3 seconds to wake. This sleeps the entire system, not just the screen. It's very quick, so I don't think it will be an issue for you.
  • Dah•veed Level 7 (33,665 points)
    is putting the mac to sleep the same thing as turning it off completely?

    No, it is just in a suspended state, and when you wake it up, it is exactly where you left it.
  • farhan ahmed Level 1 (0 points)
    Ooooh, Okay. I get it. So when you put it to sleep, you are just pretty much making it go into a low power mode. Gotcha. So when the computer is in sleep mode, will applications continue to run and would downloads continue to download?
  • Dah•veed Level 7 (33,665 points)
    No, everything is suspended. The only things that continue to operate are things like the clock which could be set to wake the Mac at a certain time when various functions may be configured to occur in different apps.

    For example, there is an iTunes alarm clock app that could wake the Mac and instruct iTunes to play a certain playlist of music at a preset volume to arouse you from sleep.