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does anyone know what component in Macbook identifies itself as "Apple Mikey HID Driver"? Joystick and Gamepad Tester detected my gamepad, the keyboard (with each key as a separate axis/button/whatever) and this mysterious device (with single axis/button identified as 'Page: 0x6, Usage: 0x22' which doesn't update).

This is in white Unibody Macbook '09.

Remark: While Googling for the component, I stumbled upon this mailing list post mentioning Apple IR?

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It looks like AppleMikeyDriver.kext handles events from buttons on a headset plugged in to the headphone port.

I'm not sure if this is all it does, but I can get ControllerMate to detect a "System Menu Select" key from this driver when I push the button on an old iPhone microphone/headset.

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Most likely Driver for the built in Microphone.

I did Google for AppleMikeyDriver or AppleMikeyDriver.kext (these are the OS X versions) and while there was no clear answer, there were a few (like parts from the syslog) which indicated a relationship to sound which makes sense with the given name too.

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That makes little sense; microphone is not a human input device (HID); what is it doing representing itself as such? –  Ivan Vučica Feb 26 '10 at 20:04
It's a subcomponent of The HDA kext, and given the number of audio controls which are present on your keyboard, it's not surprising that there might be an HID driver for them. –  Hasaan Chop Mar 18 '10 at 5:02
@IvanVučica How is the microphone not a "human input device", exactly? It's a device, to be sure. It takes input, there's no doubt about that (I assume). And any meaningful input comes from a human or reasonable facsimile, does it not? –  Samuel Edwin Ward May 23 '12 at 23:44
@SamuelEdwinWard Why are you coloring your teeth blue? How much does fare cost when riding the USB serially into farthest reaches of the known universe? Your interpretation makes sense if you look not at what "HID" represents, but at individual words. USB and Bluetooth HID devices are a very specific class of devices which don't include audio input devices, covered by a different USB class. If you are looking for a Magic Carpet, that, however, is a part of the HID specs. –  Ivan Vučica May 24 '12 at 15:14

I downloaded a game for my Macbookpro, and it has a "Configure Controllers" section, and Apple Mikey HID, option, with a picture of a dual joystick controller. So I am thinking that it is a joystick controller that apple came out with at some time.

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Apple has never shipped a joystick controller. The closest it came to was the Pippin, a game system that had a controller with a mini trackball and a d-pad. Your game is just representing what it finds in the HID as a joystick controller because it can't figure out a more appropriate substitute. –  NReilingh Jul 3 '11 at 5:08
@Jake: That game probably just queries the system for all HID devices and thinks all of those presented as joysticks are truly joysticks. Which is what confused me, since this is NOT a joystick. –  Ivan Vučica Jul 7 '11 at 10:07

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