• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Current Mac OS X drops advertised functionality

    • Written by from San Diego

    The current information on this remote says that you can press the Menu button on the remote at Macs made after 2005 and it will launch Front Row. Well I have a new MacBook Pro, and I paid for the remote, and the Menu button most certainly does not do anything. Sure I can change volume, but so what, I wanted it for Front Row. The one star is for false advertising; I am very surprised and disappointed in Apple here.

    28 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Brooklyn

    This remote is nearly completely useless save volume control. The new operating system DOES NOT have front row, rendering this remote useless as the menu button does NOTHING. Either Apple needs to fix this problem, or you should save your money.

    31 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    no reason to buy this. none.

    • Written by from Wichita

    since lion no longer has Front Row, there is really no reason to own a remote for your macbook pro, air, or imac. none.

    i purchased a brand spankin' new macbook pro and added this $19 remote, and guess what? it does nothing. i can skip to the next song on itunes, and i can adjust the volume. that's it. when you click the MENU button, guess what happens? NOTHING happens, because there is no longer Front Row.

    i suppose this is mainly used for apple tv, and that might be fine and good, but there is NO mention on the listing for it that it is USELESS for apple laptops and desktops. none.

    do not waste your time. what a disappointment.

    48 of 64 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't even work

    • Written by from Wuppertal

    I purchased this product a few weeks ago and the only thing I can say about it, is that it doesn't do anything. I have a Mac mini Early 2009, which features an IR receiver and it's also manufactured after 2005. So my Mac should meet the requirements for using this remote. But when I wanted to pair it I waited for the chain lock to appear on the screen, but it didn't. I also tried to pair directly from the system preferences menu - it also didn't work.

    What I did afterwards is going back to my local electronics store and had it replaced with a new one. Also the new remote didn't work. I also tried to use a new battery - with no success.

    So to sum up, I wasted $19 and now I have a useless piece of aluminum laying around in my drawer.

    17 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Remote Stinks!

    • Written by from Nashville

    Whenever I use my remote that came with my apple TV, it also messes with my Mac, and I can't fix it.

    21 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Waxhaw

    Why would they remove the functionality of this thing and still sell it? It doesn't do anything now except for control the volume and, if you hold down the play/pause key for 5-8 seconds put the machine to sleep. I ask again, seriously?

    That said, it is beautiful.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Quite useless now...

    • Written by from Brasilia

    Unfortunatelly the only device this remote works with is the Apple TV. If you're thinking about getting a remote for presentations or even controlling music on your Mac or iPad, just forget it!

    40 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    worst design

    • Written by from whitinsville

    this thing ends up in the couch after every use and i spend more time looking for it than actually enjoying my apple tv absolutely hate it and wish i could control my apple tv with my iPhone iPod touch or iMac but no i have to buy another remote as this time it is lost.

    17 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Amsterdam

    Already broken after a year. No replacement offered though.

    16 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Buy for Lion

    • Written by from Hickory

    This remote and the old remotes worked great with Front Row. In Lion there is no Front Row. Until Front Row returns this is really not a good purchase.

    This remote has limited functionality with iTunes. Just not worth the money.

    34 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Menu Button for Remote: Why?

    • Written by from Charleston

    Like other posters here I find the inclusion of the remote to be of little value with Lion. The Menu button provides no useful function and navigation through iTunes (scrolling up or down and playing or pausing is very limited. I used to use Front Row quite a bit when sitting across the room and wanted to switch between music (artists, albums, songs), movie, or other features. Please bring back Front Row or a similar feature for Lion. It was very handy.

    83 of 87 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost a Paperweight.

    • Written by from SAULT SAINTE MARIE

    With Front Row being phased out the remote is now semi-uselessl. The remote will work with iTunes, but it's buggy and the Menu button on the remote has almost no functionality with Lion.

    69 of 73 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from huntley

    Now that I have upgraded to the almighty Lion I cannot use my remote anymore because Front Row which is on snow leopard has been taken off, Quick assemble the Geniuses and lets have the remote compatible with Lion.

    48 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product if using with Snow Lepord.. otherwise.. useless with Lion!!!!

    • Written by from Harrow Weald

    I love apple. I think they show so much class in product design and go-to-market than any other manufacturer out there! However.. with this.. Steve.. (even though you've gone).. apple did a bit of a BOO BOO! Seriously.. to miss out front row with Lion.. surely someone in the development team must have tested this and realised this didn't work. It's like polishing up a brand new mustang and selling it to customers without any tyres. Looks good to sit in but ain't gone take you very far. Come on apple. Please please make an update for Lion and get this out for us Lion customers. Gosh, imagine what life will be like WITH the new apple remote as a means to guide us through our very own desired content! P.s. still buy the darn thing.. its just so lovely to look at. Might frame mine.

    128 of 138 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Remote's most important Menu button doesn't work with Lion!!

    • Written by from Singapore

    The current Apple Remote is a work of art - beautifully crafted, though too much bigger than the old white Apple Remote which was the size of a chewing gum pack - that was neat. While the new remote looks beautiful with it's aluminum finish, the all important Menu button doesn't work with Lion! Apple, please look into this quickly - worst still, I ordered my Apple Remote along with the new 15" MBP that comes loaded with Lion, and I was not told or neither was it indicated anywhere that this remote will note have full functionality with the Lion OS! So, you've sold me a volume control for SGD28!! Please do something about this asap.

    145 of 155 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple remote doesn't work on OS X Lion

    • Written by from Greve in Chianti

    The apple remote works perfectly on OS X Snow Leopard!!!
    But after the upgrade (Snow Leopard -> Lion) the apple remote doesn't work.
    The menu button does't work, in fact you can't choose photos, slide shows of your albums, movies and many other things in the menu screen.

    87 of 91 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    UUUUUGGGGHHHHH! A waste now!

    • Written by from Fontana

    So I was all excited to get this remote cause I have oodles of movies stored on a hard drive and was thinking how nice this would be utilizing Front Row. So I drove 30 mins to the nearest Apple Store and all the way back....open it up and press the menu button...and NOTHING! No movie...no front row. It somehow went unmentioned that THERE IS NO FRONT ROW IN THE LION OPERATING SYSTEM!

    This now renders the Apple Remote utterly useless other than starting and stopping your song in itunes. BOO! Totally not worth the purchase! Now I am gonna have to make a trip to the nearest apple store again (gas=$$$) and return this ASAP!


    54 of 63 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    no more front row?

    • Written by from Edison

    extremely disappointed. i used the remote to control front row every day. now with the lion os it is completely useless and merely controls the volume for itunes. apple needs to do something about this soon.

    64 of 69 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why would they disable something that worked so well?

    • Written by from London

    I have an autistic boy who taught himself to use the Apple remote. He likes to watch movies on Front Row (a lot). After installing the Lion "upgrade", the "menu" part of the remote no longer works. Now we have to be around to start the movie (and shut it down) for him. I tried the remote to our Apple TV thinking the batteries might be weak in the original remote - nope, same thing! I even went as far as to buy a new battery for the remote. Still nothing.

    Why would Apple push something through like this? Now the remote is a volume control for the iMac, and not much more.

    This is going to cause a lot of frustration until Apple fixes this.

    164 of 177 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with OS X Vista (I mean Lion)

    • Written by from Vine Grove

    This was a very nice tool with Snow Leopard, worked great! Since I upgraded to Lion (they removed Front Row), it only controls iTunes - when I say it controls iTunes, I mean you can play a song or video that is already selected but you cannot change the selection. Additionally, you can control the volume; otherwise, it is useless now.

    1134 of 1476 people found this useful