The new Apple TV 4K has been out in the wild for a week and one of the big changes is the totally redesigned Siri Remote (sold separately too). The new remote has gotten mostly praise but it does come with a few omissions and changes that may be frustrating to some. What do you think, is the new Siri Remote an upgrade over the previous version?
New Siri Remote improvements
The refreshed Siri Remote is a bit taller, thicker, and heavier than the old Siri Remote which doesn’t make it impossible to lose, but should help out in that regard. And the increased thickness and curved back definitely make it more comfortable to hold than the old Siri Remote.
The Siri button has been moved to the side of the remote which mirrors current iPhones, there’s now a handy dedicated power button that works to control your TV/receiver as well as the Apple TV, all-new 5-way clickpad/trackpad, and the addition of a mute button.
All of those changes will probably be positive for most people when it comes to ease of use, although there has been a bit of confusion around fast-forwarding, rewinding, and scrubbing with the new touch gestures since all the features aren’t available in all Apple TV apps.
Siri Remote criticism
As for some of the criticism, Apple has removed the accelerometer and gyroscope meaning you won’t be able to play some games with the redesigned Siri Remote that you were able to with the old one. But if you like gaming, you probably already have or will want to pick up an Xbox, PlayStation, or another supported controller.
One thing some have found challenging is Apple has placed the new mute button where the previous Siri Remote had the play/pause button. That means some might find themselves accidentally muting the volume until they rewrite their muscle memory.
Another small detail but the new Siri Remote does have much clicker buttons compared to the older version. Some don’t prefer the feel but that will probably come down to personal preference.
What do you think?
Whether you’ve been using the updated Siri Remote or not, what do you think? Is it an upgrade over the previous Siri Remote?
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