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Gryningsmannen Level 1 Level 1

I need it for Keynotes. I was about to order a loaded version of the new portable, but won't until it supports Apple Remote.


A top of range computer should support a key feature like remote handling of presentations without connecting an Apple TV.

MacBook Pro with Retina display
  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6

    So buy the standard model. Apple has limited the Retina in many ways to get it into a thinner case. The use of a remote is one of those ways. This will not change as I don't think there is a IR reciever in the Retina model and Apple won't be adding one any time soon.

  • Gryningsmannen Level 1 Level 1

    I already have a MacBook Pro 15", but would like to upgrade to the Retina model;-)


    Good point about the thin Retina leaving no room for a IR reciever! That's a reason I might accept.

  • bluztoo Level 1 Level 1

    Putting all feelings aside about them leaving this out - you can use a bluetooth mouse or keyboard for your purpose, and should you have an iphone or ipad, you can use one of those too.

  • Gryningsmannen Level 1 Level 1

    The idea has crossed my mind. Unfortunately it´s a hazzle to wear a mouse or a keyboard on stage during presentations, and it's selldom easy to connect the Mac and the iOS-device to the same WiFi (a must to use Apples app Remote).

  • Brad Jordan2 Level 2 Level 2

    I use a third party remote from Logitech that has a small USB dongle. Works like a charm.  The handheld remote is small and easy to handle.  I'm sure there are Bluetooth versions available so you wouldn't need a dongle, but I haven't looked into them.

  • Gryningsmannen Level 1 Level 1

    Have tried  USB remotes and they might be the only possible option, if I don't get any other information by this thread.

  • HoneycrispApple Level 1 Level 1

    Great question as I'm sure there are plenty of others wondering the same thing.


    Bluetooth seems like the best solution (and it is the logical next step to IR anyway).

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    Hope this helps.

  • Tubby Bartles Level 1 Level 1

    I have that remote. It doesn't work as a remote for PowerPoint (KeyNote only). It's more set up to be a media control device than a clicker, it doesn't work well as a clicker at all.


    I haven't been able to find a small bluetooth clicker to replace the ease of the Apple IR Remote with the Retina MacBook Pro.

  • troyrecreation Level 1 Level 1

    Gentlemen, this is very important! I have the Macbook Pro 15" RETINA, and am going through this ordeal of the remote control issue. Without telling you the bloody details, here is my question:


    Does anyone actually have a remote control that connects via USB dongle into the RETINA, that works for KEYNOTE presentations?


    If I am reading correctly above, the answer is yes but I want to confirm this.


    Please help!


    Dan of Troy

    (Not related to Helen)

  • Mars Patrick Level 1 Level 1

    Hey Dan of Troy,


    I use my MBPro Retina for Keynotes all the time and control them remotely. I use the "Keynote Remote" App on my iphone to control the Keynote presentation. I works VERY well for me. You can make speaking notes on the iphone app that corespond with the slide on the screen.  I believe the same can be done with the ipad (both use as a remote for your MBPro and be controlled by the iphone).  In fact, it's the main medium I use to present new material to my team. By the way, no dongles necessary.  I hate having a projector bag full of dongles and other crap.


    I recomend it heartily!


    Best of luck with it.


    ~ Mars Patrick

  • biscuitcrumb Level 1 Level 1

    Agreed - it's utterly ridiculous to just drop such a key bit of fucntionality

  • troyrecreation Level 1 Level 1

    I have an update: I downloaded - and purchased - the Keynote application for the iPhone 5. Guess what? It works off of Wifi, and in TWO separate venues while my presentation was being given, I lost WiFi connectivity. Yep. How impressive is that? Now before you say, well you were too far away from the WiFi signal / router / hub, whatever, wrong again. At the main venue, the hub was on the other side of the wall, maybe 20 feet away.

    Thus, I have now purchased a third-party remote control, a Kensington, which uses a USB dongle. It works flawlesslly, except it does not control the volume on my Macbook Pro like the old Apple remote used to do.
    If I had to give the MacBook Retina a grade, I would give it a C, based on three major changes that have reallly made my life more difficult, instead of improved technology. I know the powers at Apple think I am, what was it I read in MacLife magazine, "Living in the past," but guess what, it's my life and my money.

  • Brad Jordan2 Level 2 Level 2

    Sorry for your frustration with the iOS remote.  Keyspan has a remote with volume control that is compatible with Mac.  It's called the Keyspan Presentation Remote Pro.  You can find it on Amazon, B&H Photo, etc.  It's about $60.

  • troyrecreation Level 1 Level 1

    Brad, thank you very much for the reply.



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