• 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

    It`s useless without front row app

    • Written by from medellin

    it was a great remote control. it worked terrific with ios 10.6. but i have the new mountain lion and this operating system does not have front row, and there is no chance to get it for this system. and the remote dosen`t have the full funtionabilty i.e. to watch dvd movies with the default dvd player on the snow lion

    33 of 35 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

    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

    Buyers BEWARE...Does NOT work with the new MacBook

    • Written by from DENVER

    I wasted over 2 hours trying to get the Apple Remote to work with my brand new MacBook because the people at the Apple Store told me it would. It won't. The new MacBook does NOT have an IR port and cannot be controlled by this remote.

    61 of 92 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

    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 Brønshøj

    Doesn't work with the newest MacBooks!

    Make one with Bluetooth connection, and while your at it, please add the scroll-function known from the iPods as well.

    40 of 63 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

    Not available for new MacBooks!

    • Written by from Salem

    I'm quite upset this option isn't available for the MacBook anymore, because it doesn't have IR. I absentmindedly tried using the remote control of my old MacBook on my new one to adjust the volume of my music from across the room. Needless to say, it didn't work, and this product won't work either. Now I have to stop what I'm doing, get up, and move to the computer to change the volume. . . thanks for the exercise?

    29 of 44 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Prattville

    Please, I'm begging, make it bigger next time or design an attachment to make it bigger. Or, how about a tracking device? I lose this at least once a day and have lost 2 permanently.

    22 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Remote and new macbook

    • Written by

    The new remote does indeed work wonderfully-- just NOT on the new unibody polycarbonate macbook that I just bought, with the assurance from the sales guy that the Apple Remote would work with it.

    I now know that my macbook has no infrared capability (if I had known, I would have spring for the macbook pro: too late now, though)-- and wonder whether Apple will produce a USB adapter as an add-on?

    Plus: if Apple is going to delete features from its "consumer" line of laptops in order to induce sales of its "pro" line, then they ought to point this out to their sales people!

    32 of 51 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with MacBook Air

    • Written by from Kensington

    Ok, so the whole point of buying this was to use as a remote control while giving powerpoint talks from my MacBook Air. The man in the Applestore (San Francisco) assured me it would work with any mac, including air.
    As soon as I tried it I realised it activated my i-mac, but not my Air. No IR port.
    The salesperson should have known this.....

    30 of 49 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

    Runs multiple devices at the same time

    • Written by from Phoenix

    I have my Mac desk top and Apple TV in the same room. The remote drives me crazy because it will control both my Mac and apple tv at the same time. To picture how frustrating this can be, imagine every time u start a show on Netflix it starts up my music on my computer at the same time. Then if u attempt to stop the music you of course stop the show at the same time. (even if computer is in sleep mode it will pull it out of it)

    I have basically deemed It obsolete and just use my iPad as the remote. The only issue with this is if I leave the house with my iPad my family is SOL if they want to watch TV

    45 of 82 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    An accessory that requires more accessories

    • Written by from Lakewood

    I should have looked closer before purchasing the apple remote as it does not control the iPhone without the phone being in a universal dock. I was excited to control my phone from across the room with it hooked up to my stereo, only to discover I have to purchase another accessory to do so. I will sadly be making my first return of an Apple product:-(

    46 of 85 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    CAUTION: Does not work with Retina MacBook Pros

    • Written by from Bronx

    Got this remote a few days ago, was disappointed when I realized the newer MacBook Pro models no longer carry an IR receiver, I'm sure it's a good remote, but it's simply incompatible with newer MacBooks so don't buy it if that's what you're buying it for.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not up to my expectations for Apple.

    • Written by from Fairfield

    From a purely functional standpoint the remote performs as advertised. However from an ergonomics standpoint it is terrible. It is too small to be held comfortably in the hand, even for someone with small hands. The buttons are awkwardly placed and require you to adjust your grip to operate it. The click wheel from the ipod is mimicked in the design but it is in fact a faux click wheel that is really a directional pad. You can advance through menus by pressing => but you cant back through them the same way, you have to hit the awkward menu button. Until apple updates this I wouldn't waste my money. The Remote App for iphone or ipod is far superior, easier to use and has more functions.

    28 of 50 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