The Apple remote sensor ruins the look of the MBP

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  1. joefinan macrumors 6502a

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    Compare it to the old Powerbook and it's such a shame that there's such an obvious black spot on the front of it. And all for a remote that only a handful of people use regularly.

    Apple need to do what Sony did with the PS3 - the Apple remote should be Bluetooth - no need for an infra-red sensor! Perfect!
     
  2. Brianstorm91 macrumors 65816

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    I like the light for the iSight which is completely invisible when it's not on, something like that'd be nice :)
     
  3. skyrider007 macrumors 65816

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    I agree, they could have made the black dot transparent.
     
  4. joefinan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Didn't even know that existed (I have a PB) - that's very clever and I agree, a shame they couldn't do it with the sensor.
     
  5. Quillz macrumors 65816

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    I don't even notice it's there. It's such a small thing, I doubt most people would even care.

    Also, if you've ever given a Keynote presentation, the remote is very useful.
     
  6. forafireescape macrumors 6502a

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    I agree. I never even notice it, ever. I actually had to look for it when I read this thread :rolleyes:
     
  7. Winglet macrumors regular

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    I have to agree. I had to take a minute and look for the dot too. I don't find it ugly to look at. The iSight camera is much more visible on the display, IMHO.
     
  8. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    The "invisible" IR sensor could be done - but, then you'd only be able to control the MB from straight in front of it.

    The "invisibility" trick with the iSight indicator is done with tiny holes drilled through the cover. This greatly limits the angle-of-view of the indicator (try and see it from anywhere except straight in front of it and you will see the effect). Not a very good design for an IR remote sensor.
     
  9. joefinan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So the answer is surely Bluetooth...?!
     
  10. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Me too, my excuse is that I have only had my MBP for less than a week. ;) But seriously, it isn't that noticeable.
     
  11. OllyW Moderator

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    I can't say it is something that has ever bothered me.

    There's a big slot to the right of the latch button, does that upset you too?
     
  12. joefinan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So... do we think bluetooth is actually not such a good idea?
     
  13. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    Problem with Bluetooth is battery life. You'd have to replace the battery on the remote a lot more often even if it had an on/off button.
     
  14. forafireescape macrumors 6502a

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    Haha ;)

    I really just don't even look at that part of the MBP very much - never really have reason to.
     
  15. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Dont wanna sound rude but i think you
    a)get out more
    b)get a girlfriend
     

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