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nathanj.massey
Mar 8, 2009, 03:36 PM
Have Apple stopped putting the little white Apple Remote's in the box with the new iMac's and Mac Mini's? From looking at the product pages for both machines, it looks like they have stopped including them.



Tallest Skil
Mar 8, 2009, 03:38 PM
In 2007, yeah.

Hellhammer
Mar 8, 2009, 03:43 PM
In 2007, yeah.

At least refurbs have Remote included.

A question, while the new ones doesn't have Remote I was thinking of buy one from friend who was 3 of 'em, so will that work on my iMac? It's used of course

matt1219
Mar 8, 2009, 03:46 PM
At least refurbs have Remote included.

A question, while the new ones doesn't have Remote I was thinking of buy one from friend who was 3 of 'em, so will that work on my iMac? It's used of course

Yes, any Apple Remote will instantly work with any remote-compatible Mac.

nathanj.massey
Mar 8, 2009, 03:47 PM
In 2007, yeah.

They were definitely included with the previous generation models.

Check out this unboxing video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSGG5qAUUX0) of the previous generation 24", shows the Apple Remote around 3:15 in.

Peterkro
Mar 8, 2009, 03:48 PM
You can still order as a extra,they just don't come bundled any more.

Hellhammer
Mar 8, 2009, 03:52 PM
You can still order as a extra,they just don't come bundled any more.

But who wants to pay 20 for a little bunch of plastic? It sould be under 10

Cynicalone
Mar 8, 2009, 03:56 PM
They where included until this refresh. I purchased two iMacs last year both had an Apple Remote included.

VanNess
Mar 8, 2009, 03:57 PM
I own both the 2007 and 2008 iMac 24 inch and both definitely came with the remote. This is the first time Apple cheapskated the remote for the iMac line.

I can see the justification for making the remote an option on small screen laptops, but on the large screen, movie-friendly 24 inch iMac?

For machines where customers need to fork over upwards of 2 grand, it's just silly nickel and dimeing on Apple's part.

Cave Man
Mar 8, 2009, 04:10 PM
Have Apple stopped putting the little white Apple Remote's in the box with the new iMac's and Mac Mini's?

Of course they have. Those things cost $1.37 to make. You can't expect Apple to just give them away!

Theraker007
Mar 8, 2009, 04:38 PM
will the remote that i have for my MBP work on the imac?

Osarkon
Mar 8, 2009, 04:49 PM
will the remote that i have for my MBP work on the imac?

Yep, it'll work just fine.

Hot Snowboarder
Mar 8, 2009, 04:58 PM
Apple has been giving them away with new computers for ages.

I would figure that they think most people buying macs now are upgrading and already have the remote.

If you're a switcher its not hard to pick up one the remotes either.

dubhe
Mar 8, 2009, 05:02 PM
Apple stopped giving them out to make us buy them, nobody is not going to buy a Mac because there is no remote, and some people will buy them as an accessory, so apple wins.

I also win as I kept the one which came with my old Mac mini when I sold it for the same reason, it wasn't going to stop people bidding on it on eBay.

I now use a two year old remote with my two week old MBA :)

itommyboy
Mar 8, 2009, 05:19 PM
Yeah I got lucky when I returned my week old imac for a newer one she gave me my remote (no charge) because the store was out of them ( same for my num pad wired keyboard).

Just a thought does the iphone remote app for Apple TV work on macs as well? If not this is the kind of thing someone should create as an app for the iphone. Something that someone can actually use and continue to use as opposed to the cesspool of useless mediocre junk on the crapps I mean apps store! :eek: *End out of nowhere rant*

I to think it's a bummer they ditched the remotes. If only because it's one more of those "ah the little extra Apple touches" moments that come upon onboxing a mac, forever gone.

bstreiff
Mar 8, 2009, 05:25 PM
Have Apple stopped putting the little white Apple Remote's in the box with the new iMac's and Mac Mini's? From looking at the product pages for both machines, it looks like they have stopped including them.

Yep.

They stopped including them with the laptops a while ago (the generation of MacBooks before they went aluminum didn't have them). It was only a matter of time before they'd get dropped from the desktops as well.

If you have an Apple Remote from another Mac, it'll work just as well.

crazyrog17
Mar 8, 2009, 05:58 PM
Of course they have. Those things cost $1.37 to make. You can't expect Apple to just give them away!

Well after buying a $2,000 computer, they should sell it for that price.

rdowns
Mar 8, 2009, 06:07 PM
Apple (and others) have long histories of including extras with a purchase only to take them away later. See iPod. MB with no video adapter.

mattn4040
May 5, 2009, 01:38 PM
I was considering buying a remote to use for Front Row, but it says (on the mac UK online store) the imac requires IR for it to work. How do i know if my imac has IR?

bstreiff
May 5, 2009, 02:51 PM
I was considering buying a remote to use for Front Row, but it says (on the mac UK online store) the imac requires IR for it to work. How do i know if my imac has IR?

All iMacs since the iMac G5 with iSight have the IR sensor for the Apple Remote.

kurosov
May 5, 2009, 02:57 PM
I went and bought the official dock last week when my old iwantit dock broke.

I no longer have my ipod connected to speakers for music as my new imac can easily run both itunes and everything else at the same time so i use the remote i got with that on my mac and use the dock to sync/charge only.

BlackMax
May 6, 2009, 07:29 AM
They where included until this refresh. I purchased two iMacs last year both had an Apple Remote included.

My late 2008 iMac came with an Apple Remote as well. Considering Apple is sitting on nearly $29 billion in cash reserves this is a pretty lame way to cut costs. :mad:

Following this trend I suppose with the next release of the iMac you'll simply get the iMac... Period. Keyboard and mouse will be la carte. :eek:

Hellhammer
May 6, 2009, 07:38 AM
My late 2008 iMac came with an Apple Remote as well. Considering Apple is sitting on nearly $29 billion in cash reserves this is a pretty lame way to cut costs. :mad:

Following this trend I suppose with the next release of the iMac you'll simply get the iMac... Period. Keyboard and mouse will be la carte. :eek:

Some day we'll get an iMac without screen. You have to buy the LCD as a BTO :D

hector
May 6, 2009, 08:07 AM
Some day we'll get an iMac without screen. You have to buy the LCD as a BTO :D

Quite a few people are looking forward to that!

Sebby
May 6, 2009, 06:47 PM
I borrowed a friend's remote, used the learn function on my universal remote, and voila! :D

robotartfashion
May 6, 2009, 07:50 PM
Quite a few people are looking forward to that!

haha, not exactly, i think he's saying that the imac will be shaped the same just with a gaping hole where the screen should be :)

paddyi
May 7, 2009, 10:20 AM
I remember the 3G iPod came with a little felt sleeve for it, a case with belt clip, a remote control for it and a plug charger too.

I use the little sleeve for my iPhone now.