• 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Cleveland

    This product is absolutely incredible! I've had mine for a year and a half and although it has served it's purpose well of aiding in my laziness and keeping me from having to walk to start my music or watch a show, I never until today realized just how amazing this tiny little remote is.

    Most nights, I use my remote to watch a movie or tv show before bed. Some nights, I fall asleep too early and my remote will get lost in the blankets. This happened three nights ago. Two days ago was laundry day. I didn't realize that I had lost my remote yet, so I gathered all my blankets and just threw them in the washing machine. I dried my clothes, all was well... until the next day when my roommate went to do a load of clothes and pulled my tiny remote from the bottom of the washing machine.

    I was crushed. I was not sure what to do without my remote. I just new my little buddy, my enabler was a goner. I stuck it in some rice, hoping and praying I could save it. I thought that was probably pointless, as it's not like a cell phone which can be taken apart. Today, as I was getting ready to crawl in bed, I missed my remote and decided to test it out... just in case...

    IT WORKS!! My tiny little remote still works! Thank you, Apple! You amaze me! <3

    36 of 46 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great remote for Apple TV

    • Written by from Kirksville

    This remote is great for the Apple TV. It is simple, responsive, and sleek. Make sure you keep liquids away from it (spilled coffee on mine and it no longer works). I'm now looking to buy another one for my Apple TV.

    Many people on here seem to have problems with lack of usability with OS X Lion. If you are looking for a good way to control your iTunes away from your computer and you own an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, try using the free remote app. Front row was slow and obnoxious.

    31 of 36 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Would love to see clickwheel work

    • Written by from Belmore

    Overall, a simple but responsive remote. Would be more perfect if the clickwheel is not just the design.

    35 of 44 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm sure it will be of use to someone....

    • Written by from Brisbane

    Like others here, I thought this was wonderful! I could control my videos/music/podcasts while on my x-trainer across the room, or just relaxing on the lounge, but since upgrading to Lion it is useless to me. I can either exercise to the same song or podcast over and over or control volume - big whoop! I'm sure it is of use in Keynote (from what I've read) and Apple TV, but for those of us who don't want/have Apple TV, this has created a HUGE hole in my life.

    32 of 39 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Why no mute button?

    • Written by from Seattle

    I mean really. I know you like to have them look all spacey and minimalist, but seriously, a mute button is super helpful in a remote control. Just double it up with the menu button, make it a single tap and menu a double tap. Come on.

    36 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Amazing Product!

    • Written by from Port Moody

    I love it!!! Not only is it very good looking, but it works like magic. Even if you cover it with your hand and point it in the other direction it will still work! The batteries work for a entire year even with daily use. I also have downloaded "Sofa Control" which makes the remote even better by being able to control the mouse and do other really useful features. Overall I think that the remote could use the iPod's click-wheel technology but other than that it is an extraordinary Apple product.

    24 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Vancouver

    I thought this remote was great when I initially got it, but had no idea that it could put your computer to sleep! Why isn't in a description somewhere?! Once I found this out, I upgraded my thoughts to amazing!

    Wish there was a way to exit Front Row quicker than pressing 'menu' a bunch of times.

    26 of 29 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    good remote - bad battery

    • Written by from San Francisco

    The remote is pretty and works well - but the factory-installed battery died 2 weeks after I started using the remote.

    33 of 43 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Total waist if you have the original

    • Written by from Cambridge

    I got the new remote and was all excited to try it out on my ipod touch. I had a dock for it, and it came with one of the original remotes. I thought with this one I could select certain song and playlists, but when I got it, It could only do what the original one could. I even did a test, and they both worked the exact same way. If you have the original (which comes free with most macs and docks) don't spend $19.99 on this one.

    46 of 70 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by

    I got one of these waaay back in 2007 with my macbook pro. It's great for presentations and media, but the most fun I've had with it is making other people's computers fall asleep and change their volume. On a college campus, it's pranks galore!

    25 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Remote but

    • Written by from Tyler

    If your using this remote with a mac look for bettertouchtool, it is a must and infinitely extends the functionality of this remote by allowing you to customize the commands, these controls can be application specific so it can be used as a powerpoint remote etc.

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Boulder

    I love this remote. It is sleek and stylish. It works great in every way once you learn to navigate the control. The only downside of the remote is that the buttons for the most part are level with the whole surface to give it a nice smooth feeling where the old remote had raised edges. The new remote home button and select button are beveled in to make it easier to locate in the dark. I do prefer this remote to the older white model remote. A great buy, just to bad apple doesn't give them out free with the Macbooks any more.

    31 of 41 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great remote!

    • Written by

    The feel on the hand is great, and it works from up to 30 feet away! Very easy to handle, just like everything Apple!

    25 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    • Written by from Saint Paul

    Remote works great as advertised. A MAJOR suggestion for improvement would be to add an integrated laser pointer. That is all this product is missing.

    28 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This remote is great!

    • Written by from Marsing

    I bought this because I was tired of walking across the room to change the song. If you have this problem, than this is an in-expensive solution!

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    New Apple Remote

    • Written by from La Mesa

    I've had the new Apple Remote for about two weeks now. I find it to be very stylish, My Apple TV responds quickly to operation of the controls of the new remote, response is faster than my old Apple Remote. I am guessing the ir lamp is brighter than the old one. I find the center of the control wheel operates as a button as well. It operates the pause and play functions like the new button that is marked with the Play/Pause symbols.

    The only thing I find that could be an improvement is the rocker ring control, which is flush with the surface of the aluminum body of the Remote. This makes it more difficult to operate by feel and is cause for pushing the center button instead of the control on the rocker ring. It would be easier to operate the intended function if the ring were to be raised like the previous control.


    31 of 41 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Keeps on ticking...

    • Written by from SARASOTA

    My wife lost our remote in a recliner and it got all smushed up when she forced it closed. The whole thing is pretty bent up and the battery slot won't open. There are some fairly large scratched up chunks of the casing gone, but miraculously the thing still works. We'll be purchasing another one to replace it anyway so we don't cut ourselves, but this little thing can take a serious beating and keep right on working.

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Okay, but no on-screen menus?

    • Written by from Fort Wayne

    I'm not sure of this is a design fault of the dock or the remote, but when I purchased the remote to control a 5th-Gen nano on a Universal Dock hooked to my entertainment system, I expected the capability of bringing up the nano's menus on screen and using the remote to switch between functions and select videos. Doesn't work. The best one can do is select a video from the nano, then use the remote to stop and start. Com'on Apple, you can do better than that.

    27 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple from the start

    • Written by from Melbourne

    I could tell I hadn't wasted a cent when I went to setup the remote, why? Because their was no setup literally works out of the box: no on button, batteries included and best of all no pairing needed to work but is an option if you want added security.
    Something else few people know is that this remote is the best for Keynotes, it's not bulky and all the included buttons do the job when presenting a Keynote.
    Arguably one of the best iPod/iPhone/Mac accessories in both usage and design.

    21 of 23 people found this useful