2011 comes with no remote

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  1. azz0r macrumors member

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    Hello,

    I was just told that most macbooks come with a remote, which brought to my attention that my new MBP didn't come with one.

    Any ideas why they stopped packing them in?
     
  2. LukeHarrison macrumors regular

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    They stopped shipping with a remote a year or two ago IIRC, presumably to save initial costs and to get you to shell out another £15 on a separate one.

    Plus, with Apple abandoning Front Row in 10.7, I can't see them coming back. However, the remote I got with my iMac G5 iSight still works perfectly with my new 2011 13" i7, and I've never even changed the battery in it. It's a trooper, and has outlived the iMac itself by over a year. :p
     
  3. OllyW Moderator

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    I think they stopped including the remote a few years ago.
     
  4. gullySn0wCat macrumors 6502

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    You can order one for an extra ~$20. I got one but have yet to use it. Winning!
     
  5. TRUCRACKER macrumors 6502

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    They came with a remote? When? What were they for?
     
  6. Tears Apart macrumors 6502a

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    They used to indeed. Now you have to buy it yourself.

    19 dollars please.
     
  7. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    Well it was more than 2 years ago that they came with a remote. My early 08" didn't come with one, but an Apple TV does. Makes you wonder the profit margins on the ATV2
     
  8. OllyW Moderator

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    Remotely controlling your MacBook Pro. :p






    You did ask. :D
     
  9. msavwah macrumors 6502

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    Front row.
    Up until about two yrs ago.
     
  10. eaf7s macrumors regular

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    Wait...I am late here but is front row now nonexistent? Because I used it all the time...
     
  11. LukeHarrison macrumors regular

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    Front Row is still here, but it won't be for much longer, it's not a part of 10.7 Lion.
     
  12. eaf7s macrumors regular

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    Booooo. It was really nice for morning when my computer & external monitor were across the room and I wanted to start up some music or a film from bed :/ . /lazy
     
  13. msavwah macrumors 6502

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    Front row with the remote is sweet indeed. Hoping that with Lion the experience will be integrated into iTunes if removed from the os.
     
  14. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    I was pretty bummed when I didn't get one. Front Row is pretty terrible anyways. Still, the remote is 'cool' and was something I always was jealous of when I saw them at my friend's houses in middle/high school. With all that being said - I'd still never buy one.

    To Apple, they probably view Front Row as redundant. If people actually used/relied on it (instead of all of the other media center apps, which in my opinion are WAY better) - they probably think they can coax them into buying the Apple TV easier.
     
  15. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816

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    No they don't. In fact, the Unibody Macbook Pros never came with remotes since Apple discontinued including them months before the uMBP introduction.

    "As of February 2008, the MacBook and MacBook Pro no longer include an Apple Remote in the package..." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Remote [at the end of second paragraph]

    Most likely to bring the cost down and/or allocate that cost to other components.
     
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  17. kuwisdelu, Mar 20, 2011
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    kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

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    I always used it for Keynote presentations.

    Trying to decide whether I should order a matching aluminum one now.
     
  18. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    also if you have an iPhone/iPod you can use that as a remote.
     
  19. Awjvail macrumors 6502

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    Macrumors 2008 called. They want their thread back.
     
  20. OneMike macrumors 603

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    I have 3 spares laying around from all the other devices I purchased. With iPhone, iPad I have no use for them.
     
  21. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    They stopped being sold with the remote included in 2008, 3 years ago.
     
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  23. johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000

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    ^^exactly, iphone is the perfect remote

    also i have wireless keyboard/mouse and soon to get a magicwand thing

    all i need now is an apple tv..

    ps - never liked watching movies on a laptop.. even with 17"MBP.. no comparison to 55" samsung LED ;)
     
  24. tcador, Mar 20, 2011
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    yup, old news. many alternatives out there if you still need this functionality. Also, if you buy an Apple TV ($99) it comes with one :)
     
  25. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Horray, do not want.
     

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