Does anyone else roll their eyes when Apple compares their remote to others?

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  1. VeganBryan macrumors member

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    So yeah, has anyone else found it ridiculous when Apple has bragged about their remote only needing six buttons compared to the multitude of buttons that media center PCs have in comparison?

    APPLE: those other remotes have more buttons because they do at least FIVE TIMES as much as yours!

    Sheesh.
     
  2. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    Yes. It'd be nice to see Apple come up with a Interface that allow the user to do 'five' times as much - but still use the 6-button remote. For the moment though, the bragging is about as convincing as the new iPod HiFi.

    A lot of the VCR, TV, DVD remotes duplicate functionality - e.g. I don't think most remotes 'need' to have numbers AND cursors, perhaps just cursors. You could change channels, volume, set date & times with the 4-cursor and one centre button.
     
  3. iEdd macrumors 68000

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    Apple have always been about simplicity. That's all they're doing now.
     
  4. plinkoman macrumors 65816

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    not that i totally disagree, but i'll play devils advocate for a second.
    when comparing the remotes, don't compare the specific tasks, compare the end results. yea, the 87.5 button remotes can do more specific tasks, but with apples, you don't need to do as many specific tasks to accomplish the same thing. as far as front row is concerned, i can't see the need for any more buttons.

    that said, most pc media setups have a tv tuner or dvr; macs don't. but if macs did have a tuner/dvr, it would certainly need a few more buttons.
     
  5. VeganBryan thread starter macrumors member

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    of course, and i understand that, but my point was that the whole thing is an apples (no pun intended) and oranges comparison being made by them, so i find it pretty lame/stupid.
     
  6. VeganBryan thread starter macrumors member

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    you CAN'T accomplish the same things with the apple remote and the hardware it accompanies, though. media center PC remotes often are used for browsing media, complex DVD control, tv control, DVR control, and other universal remote type things.

    apple's just browses media and does BASIC dvd controls, so of course it only needs six buttons.
     
  7. plinkoman macrumors 65816

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    did you not notice the part where i said if apple had a dvr, it would certainly need more buttons???

    or how about the part where i said i don't actually disagree with you???

    would it kill you to read a post before replying to it? :rolleyes:
     
  8. VeganBryan thread starter macrumors member

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    hey, relax man, i knew that, i was just responding to the argument being made. :)
     
  9. plinkoman macrumors 65816

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    ah, the words in CAPS made me assume you were angrily replying to and taking my post seriously. thats why i hate conversing online as opposed to in person, i can never tell if someone is serious or not.
     
  10. balamw Moderator

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    Simple remotes rock.

    I'm not convinced that the Apple remote is the best thing since sliced bread*, but I already have a remote that is similar in its quest for doing more with fewer buttons. The TiVo peanut is an amazing remote, and is far simpler than the typical remote that comes with a DVD player and most "universal" remotes.

    *The Apple remote looks too small for my hands, I should go play with one this weekend.

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  11. bluebomberman macrumors 6502a

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    When I'm at people's houses, I tend to stare at their assembly of 5 remotes with their 40 or 100+ buttons each until someone offers to turn the TV on for me.:confused:

    Six buttons works fine for me.:eek:

    My thinking is that they'll make a scroll wheel remote if they decide to DVR/TV-tune a Mac. It's not like I ever remember the channels for anything besides the free networks and Sci-Fi (for Battlestar Galactica, of course!).
     
  12. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    My remote has 24 buttons, and can do lots more than almost any other remote. I can even make phone calls with it! :D


    That's because it IS a phone! :D
     
  13. eXan macrumors 601

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    Simplicity? Yes, it's a good thing, but there should be the border where "simple" becomes bad, really bad. (Referring to Mac mini's graphics processor :mad: )

    :rolleyes:

    I personally like how the Apple Remote looks on the pictures (never saw it in real world). Surely those ATI Remote Wonder and similar remotes are ugly with all those millions of unnecessary buttons
     
  14. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Apple's remote is only missing one thing: a record button! :mad:
     
  15. raythepa macrumors member

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    The remote side-by-side pics don't bother me, but as I watched the 12 minute clip of the Mac mini announcement on cnet, I did start to roll my eyes everytime Steve said the word "great". At times I thought he was even trying to convince himself.
     
  16. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I totally think the Apple Remote rocks. I mean, I love the simplicity. Like when I did model rocketry - one button push, and whoosh! Look at the Space Shuttle - there's like a million buttons, and, in the end, all it does is go whoosh.

    Well, maybe the Space Shuttle does a few more things.

    And, well, maybe, just maybe, remotes with many buttons might be more useful.

    I agree with the OP. Apple shouldn't have tried to make the comparison.

    Now, if they'd just stick a trackpad on that sucker, then they'd be golden. ;)
     
  17. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    A zero button remote? I like it!:D
     
  18. ke2000 macrumors member

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    why not apple use click-wheel like ipod and bluetooth technology in remote control? The current one seems to be a beta version.
     
  19. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    I'd love it if Apple released a new remote at some point with a wheel like on the iPods. Bluetooth too. However, the remote costs Apple next to nothing to manufacture right now, hence why they can include it for free on every new mac. Adding an iPod like wheel would cost them a fair chunk, Bluetooth too. Then you have to factor in a small rechargeable battery (because bluetooth eats battery life for breakfast). Maybe a recharging method of induction so that it charges while its stuck onto the side of the iMac/mini whatever. Things like this will substantially boost up the price.

    And also, how many TVs, DVD players, HiFis etc use bluetooth?? There's no need for it! If anything I think Apple might end up releasing an Apple Remote Plus with Bluetooth, wheel and rechargeable battery and sell it for $49. Well more likely something like $79.
     
  20. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    I think the current remotes are pretty ingeneous. K.I.S.S.
     
  21. ke2000 macrumors member

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    They could use bluetooth instead of extra IR receiver at every new macs. BTW IR is old technology but I guess it costs nearly nothing to make one of IR control.
     
  22. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    They could use a bluetooth remote and sell Frontrow as a separate software package - perhaps allowing re-use of older/retired Macs. However this doesn't sell hardware, which I understood was Apple's main aim. However selling, what would likely be a very popular piece of software should make great build-it-once, sell many times, business sense (I'm sure it's been discussed many times on here before now).
     
  23. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, the current remote(s) kicks A.$.$. I have about 3 in my living room when all I need is 6 buttions. When I see that compared to the other remotes, I see why I'm switching to Apple.:)
     
  24. Peyton macrumors 68000

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    I've never used one, but it seems like volume adjustment would be hard without a scroll wheel or something. Also, if it was going to be a dvr I'd want channel buttons.

    Heck if apple would just come up with a LCD remote that changed screens/virtual buttons that could control everything in the house I would jump to it. $200? $300?
     
  25. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    I have one of [​IMG] - works well. Link.
     

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