The price is hard to swallow, but the new Siri Remote is an improvement over what you’ve got before.
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If you already have an Apple TV 4K, it’s not worth replacing. Sure, it is Second generation Apple TV 4K 4K HDR can playback content at f0fps, but not much is needed yet. And there is also EARC support. If you are an edge case where those features really matter to you, you may want to consider purchasing a new model.
For everyone, wait on the Apple TV KK you already got. (If you have an Apple TV HD, however, it’s probably time for an upgrade). Siri Remote, on the other hand, may be worth your money. You can buy it for $ for alone, and it works with existing Apple TV HD and 4K units. That price tag inspires a bit of sticker shock for a fairly simple remote, but it actually improves the usability of Apple’s Streamy hardware.
Big, but still small
The old Siri remote was too small. 8.8 inches long and a quarter of an inch thick, this type is lost on your hands. Worst of all, it was so symmetrical with all the buttons between the two flat areas, that you often accidentally grabbed it upwards. The upper bouts featured two cutaways, for easier access to the higher frets. The upper bouts featured two cutaways, for easier access to the higher frets. The upper bouts featured two cutaways, for easier access to the higher frets.
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The new design takes some design hints from the old second-generation Apple Remote. Only a half inch long and a little narrower, it is still very small. But that half an inch makes all the difference. With asymmetrical controls on the face, it is now easy to use without looking – an important feature of any remote.
Navigation became easier
There were accidental taps and swipes of the old click pad. The new Siri remote has a round, touch-sensitive D-pad with a clickable touchpad in the middle. You can still swipe around as needed, but streaming apps often have interfaces that are built around separate up / down / left / right commands as every other platform in the world uses the same. Those apps were homework to use with the old Siri remote, and now they feel right.
Apple also has a new scrub feature that is a hit-and-miss type. If you pause the video, touch the navigation circle and hold for a second, you’ll find a round “jog dial” icon in the search bar. Now you can run your finger around the circle to scrub through the video. Using the old iPod Click Wheel feels like this and is a great way to get to both where you want to be fast and accurate. There’s a good reason why professional editing stations often have a jig dial, whatever.
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But it doesn’t work all the time. I had no problem engaging with any content streaming from the TV app, Hulu, or Netflix, but apps with their playback interface like Pack or YouTube still don’t work on it.
The menu button is now the back button, but it’s just a naming change, not a function change. (Menus actually pop up when you press the menu button, at the end.) Anyway, Apple TV apps are a bit inconsistent about what they do when you press the back button. Some stop playback and give you a step back up, others clear the interface element without stopping playback, and you can never tell when you’re backing up from an app or backing up to a higher level interface. This has always been an issue, and Apple may be able to apply some of the parameters a little better that the button is specifically labeled, but it’s hard to mistake it for inaccessibility.
New buttons in new locations
The new round direction-pad and click-pad are a big improvement, but the addition of some new buttons helps a lot.
There is a power button on the top right, flush with the face so that it is hard to press by mistake. Hold for a couple of seconds to keep everything asleep and turn off the devices controlled by HDMI-CEC. You can always hold the TV button for a few seconds to bring up the control center and then choose sleep, but it’s quick and easy.
The new mute button is a long-overdue addition. Apple has argued that people watch on-demand videos and just pause, but live streaming video (or music) is nothing new, and adding a mute button has improved over the years.
The Siri button is moved to the right edge, held up but still within easy reach, so using it is like holding the side button on your iPhone. It is more natural and prone to less accidental activation.
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It’s not all new functionality – some old features are gone. The old Siri remote had an accelerometer and a gyroscope sensor used in a handful of games. The new ones get rid of them, but they probably don’t. More frustrating is my lack of support. It makes some sense why Apple doesn’t want the extra cost of having a U1 chip in the remote, but it’s Bluetooth .0.0. There’s no reason why it couldn’t find my support if just made one thing you might feel like you inadvertently left it in another room, or it slipped on the bed cushion.
Excessive price paid, but still worth it
Let’s face it, there’s too much for the remote. Whole Roku Ultra That’s more than डलर 10!
But unless you have a Harmonial as a high-end programmable remote, the Siri Remote is probably your only and the only way to interface with Apple TV hardware. This is very important, and so is the old Siri remote Bad, That it is worth considering a new upgrade.
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