• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    3 Stars for a reason

    I've had the previous generation of the Apple Remote and I prefer that to the new one. I find the new one big and no additional features have been added. Would have been good to have the iPod Nano like click wheel feature added - however I guess Apple have been so focussed on the aluminium design that they couldn't have bothered upgrading it.

    If you've never owned an Apple remote - you will probably like it. If you've got an older one, don't bother upgrading as it has zero, zilch, nada additional benefits over the older one.

    263 of 341 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Remote

    Just arrived this morning, was a bit hesitant in ordering as there were conflicting opinions if this would work with my mackbook 13 alu, fortunately once i waded through the large amount of packaging and the very large box it come in i just pointed at the mackbook and it went straight into frontrow, works like a charm straight out of the box 5 stars for apple product, 1 star for the amount of excessive packaging they sent it in, thought that they were supposed to be reducing packaging on all of their products?

    Anyway works brilliantly now i can enjoy watching and listening to my music remotely, yes i know that you can do this with the iphone app it just looks so much better in front row, again 5 stars for apple.

    133 of 161 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly large

    The first thing I thought when I saw this remote was: it's huge! Well, not exactly huge, but about 40% longer than the previous generation and approximately the same width. Has a pleasingly solid feel and excellent quality construction, but not ideal if you just want a small lightweight clicker that's easy to slip in your pocket, hence the lower rating.

    120 of 172 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Retina screen Pro has no IR

    Great remote but useless to the new Retina screen Macbook. Is there an alternative?

    38 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but...

    Whilst it may work with Front Row, Apple has chosen to axe Front Row from OS Lion!

    28 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    1st Gen users

    I Just purchased this new remote from the Apple Store in Cardiff. While the new remote is quite aesthetic looking and blends in well with the colours of a Unibody Macbook or Macbook pro, there really is no reason to purchase this product if you have the previous generation remote.

    For some bizarre reason i thought I needed a remote that matched the aluminium of my unibody macbook. Now I've actually used it and discovered there are no new features and the remote behaves exactly the same as the previous gen, I actually prefer the smaller design of the old remote.

    Save your self some cash and stick with your previous remote, assuming you have one. If you don't currently own a remote; both remotes are very handy for Keynote/ Powerpoint presentations and not just for accessing your macs front row features.

    23 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy.

    Useless without frontrow. Product description does not say anywhere that frontrow is no longer on the Lion operating system.

    28 of 40 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No more Front Row

    Be aware that Apple's latest OS Lion has seen the company ditch the excellent Front Row. So while the remote is still usable for the likes of Keynote and can be used with some third party media managers (but not with content bought from the iTunes store) its principal attraction for many home theatre set-ups has, under Lion, disappeared.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    I'm very disappointed that this product doesn't work on the MacBook Pro with Retina display. The fact that it is hardly even mentioned anywhere on this website led me to purchase it, and while having good expectations about it, it turned out to be a useless piece of junk!

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant !

    Yes, the remote is a lot bigger than the previous white one - but this one fits a lot better in your hand than the previous.

    The Apple Remote has a very nice design and is highly recommendable for when you watch movies or listen to music while not having your mac right in front of you.

    A very nice remote.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Possibly the best looking remote control ever!

    It looks great, feels great and is simple to use. Buy it now as it compliments the aluminium imacs much more stylishly than the white plastic version.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Utterly Useless

    Since the removal of front row this remote has little use for me. It was great being able to control my music with big font from my bed!

    So since lion, my recommendation is don't bother buying it! And apple; please fix this??

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    yes a bit oversized but im going to forgive for the sleek design, comes in handy if you use your mac for listening to music and cant be bothered to move to change the song and is great for watching films.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great remote. You don't need Front Row.

    The remote is excellent. It is well constructed and the minimal design looks great. A lot of reviewers are criticising the remote because Apple removed Front Row in Lion, however, you do not need this program. XBMC works perfectly with the Apple Remote out of the box, will play anything you throw at it, will work with all your iTunes downloads and is a much better program all round than Front Row ever was (plus it is free). Most of the criticisms come from people who never bothered to even google for other media apps. I'm sure it will work with most other 3rd party media apps as well. So don't let the fact that Apple have dropped Front Row detract you from purchasing this remote.

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sleek, Compact and Functional

    The new Apple Remote is sleek, really small and light and provides all the functionality I need. It fits perfectly with Apple's aluminium range. Bought with the Apple Dock and well worth the money. Although, be warned as OS X Lion doesn't have Front Row, so if you need it for Front Row, you can't use it in Lion but still works with iTunes, Keynote, iPod, iPad etc.

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Better looking, but not as good...

    ...as the old white remote; I can use my old one (and do, which makes the new one completely redundant) with my Apple TV at pretty much any angle anywhere in the room; this new one, despite looking and feeling nicer, has a very narrow 'field of view' - you have to have it pointed directly at the receiver...

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    As you'd expect from Apple, this product is beautifully simple, yet does everything you want it to. Straight out of the packaging, I was using it with my MacBook Pro within 10 seconds. It feels nice in the hand, and the buttons are nice to press.
    I mainly use it for Keynote presentations, which it does brilliantly. The only thing I can think of which would make this product better, is releasing an Apple Remote which features a laser pointer (I appreciate not everyone would use this, which is why maybe a separate remote may be the best option). Other than that, it's perfect!
    Thanks Apple!

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good remote

    Went a bought the new style remote yesterday but want dure if it would work with the white macbook
    But did and very fast and easy to set up and use...

    I would recommend it to people!!

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    I love the remote, so easy to go and view film etc.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant little thing! :D

    I bought this about 2 weeks ago and am really very impressed with it. I bought it because I watch lots of films on my macbook pro and was always having to get up or lean forward to change the volume or skip the entrance credits but now I have this its so much more relaxing and nice. PLUS it looks brilliant and is very compact. Oh yeah it also enables you to browse your photos and music without even having to touch your computer! VERY VERY IMPRESSED!!

    10 of 12 people found this useful