If you already have an Apple TV 4K, then it’s not worth replacing. Granted, the second-generation Apple TV 4K can play 4K HDR content at 60 fps, but that’s not yet necessary. It also offers support for eARC. If you like to be fashionable and these things are important to you, you might want to consider purchasing the new model.
For everyone else, you can settle for the Apple TV 4K you already own. (If you have an Apple TV HD, it’s worth upgrading.) The Siri Remote, on the other hand, may be worth it. You can buy it separately for $ 65 / MXN $ 1,499, and it works with current Apple TV HD and 4K models.
The price is a bit surprising for any remote, but it really improves the functions of the Equipment of Diffusion of Apple.
Bigger, but still small
The previous Siri remote was completely thin. 12cm high and 0.6cm thick, it almost got lost in your hands. Worse yet, it was so symmetrical, with all the buttons right in the middle, that it was often held upside down. The upper part was covered with a touchpad It looked like the bottom and looked like it was designed to be fake.
The new design copies part of the design of the second generation Apple Remote. It’s just a little taller and a little narrower, and therefore just as small. But this size difference is everything. Besides the asymmetric controls, it is now easy to use without looking, which is important on any controller.
Navigation is now easy
Behind we left the keys and slips by accident as in the touchpad previous. The new Siri remote has a Directional cross tactile and circular with a touchpad In the center. You can swipe as you like, but apps from Diffusion They usually have interfaces that you have to navigate using the up / down / left / right commands as it is like that on other platforms. These apps were difficult to use with the old Siri Remote, but not anymore.
Apple has also built in a feature that doesn’t always work. If you pause a video, then press and hold the n avigation circle for a second, you will see an icon like “Jog dial
It looks like you’re using the old iPod jog wheel and it’s a good way to get where you want to go quickly and precisely. Ultimately, this is for something that professional editing stations often have jogging wheels.
But it doesn’t always work. It was easy for me to browse the content on the TV app, Hulu, or Netflix, but apps with their own playback interfaces like Peacock or YouTube still don’t work that way.
The ‘Menu’ button is now the ‘Back’ button, but it’s just a name change, not a role change. (The menus barely appeared when you hit the “Menu” button anyway.) However, Apple TV apps are a bit inconsistent when you hit the “Back” button.
Some people pause and take a step back; others erase certain elements of the interface without interrupting playback. And you will never know if you are going to go back or if some elements will be erased. This has always been a problem, and Apple could have improved it now that the button is highlighted, although it’s not the remote’s fault.
New buttons on new sites
The new circular directional and clickable pad is a big improvement, but it’s also helpful that a few new buttons have been added.
Now we have a new power button on the top right, and it comes with a drawing, so you aren’t going to hit it by mistake. Press and hold for a few seconds to turn off all devices controlled by HDMI-CEC. You can also do this with the TV button to bring up the control center, but it’s easier and faster.
We have been waiting for the new ‘Mute’ button for a long time. Apple said people watch on-demand content and can pause it whenever they want, but the video (or music) in Diffusion this is nothing new, and the addition of the “Mute” button should take place a long time ago.
The ‘Siri’ button is now on the right side, located at the top but still easy to reach, so using it is like using the side button on an iPhone. It is more natural and less easy to activate it by mistake.
These are not all new features – some old features are gone. The old Siri remote had an accelerometer and gyroscope used in some games. The new order doesn’t have them anymore, but you sure won’t miss them.
Yes, the lack of support for “Find Me” is more frustrating. It makes sense that Apple doesn’t want to include a U1 chip in the controller, but it does have Bluetooth 5.0. There is no reason why it should not be compatible with Find Me and make a bit of noise when you can’t find it because you left it in another room or it is hidden among the cushions. .
Too expensive, but worth it
Let’s be clear: 65 $ for a remote control is too much. The Amazon Fire TV Stick Ultra HD costs less!
But, unless you have a high-end programmable remote like a Harmony, the Siri Remote will be your best option for getting the most out of your Apple TV hardware. It’s so important and the old Siri remote is so bad that it’s worth considering buying the new one.
Original article published in igamesnews US.
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