It's finally here, the new remotes to the Apple TV.
The good news is a lot better.
Let's check it out.
The biggest new change on the $59 Siri remote which is either bundled with the new Apple TV 4K, it's an Apple TV HD or available separately.
Is this the clip pad is Apple calls it located on the top replaces the touchpad that was on the older Apple TV remotes while still can do touch gesture.
So if you take your thumb and scroll over, you can move pretty quickly along the list of apps or movies, or even fast forward to rewinding within a show.
There are these little markers for up down right and left that allow you to have a bit more precision when navigating, for example on the right and move in one spot over to the right, likewise left up or down.
This is It's long overdue.
I'm really glad that Apple finally brought this back.
Also new on the remote or three new buttons on the front, there's power key on the top for controlling well power of your TV and home entertainment system, a back button for going back and a mute key for turning off the volume.
All three are long overdue additions just like the directional pad.
And we're really glad that Apple has added them to this remote to make controlling your home theater a bit easier.
The Siri button, which is no longer front and center on this remote, has been relegated to the side, which actually makes sense.
On iPhones, the Siri button is on the side where that sleep wake button is.
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So how does this compare to this, the older Apple TV remote?
Well, I actually like this one a lot more as you can probably tell.
It's a bit thicker, so it feels more comfortable in the hand.
It has this silver color which is really nice and hopefully we make it easier to find if it's saved buried inside a couch.
And actually feels really nice in the hand the thickness adds a little bit more heft a little bit more comfort.
That's not something that's as slippery as the older Apple TV remote.
So Siri Remote is available in one of three ways is available as part of a new purchase of an apple tv 4k second generation which is what I'm testing.
With the purchase of a new Apple TV HD, which is still on sale, even though if you're looking at that you probably should get the 4k version which has a better processor and can support the high resolution format.
Or if you already have an Apple TV, you can get it on its own for $59.
That begs the question, is this a worthwhile upgrade for somebody who already has and is happy with Apple TV?
In my experience, and I've only been using this for a few hours, I've actually been really pleased.
I really enjoy the fact that there's this click pad here I found it to be much more precise, and I've struggled immensely over the years with the Apple TV remote.
I found myself constantly overshooting of whether I wanted to go to a movie or try to log in with the keyboard.
It was always a hassle to use that trackpad.
So the fact that Apple has this clickpad with the gestures is great.
They didn't replace it.
I like that a lot.
On the new Siri remote has a lot of improvements.
I do wish Apple added a couple of other features The you one ship that's found in air tags and recent iPhones would be a great addition inside of Siri remote, which will inevitably get lost, at least for me.
Probably inside a couch somewhere.
having that ability to open up the find my app Precisely track it would be a very useful feature.
We've already seen other companies like Roku incorporated speaker into its hands free remote, the voice remote Pro, so you could just say hey Roku find my remote and it'll start beeping to help you locate.
Adding that functionality really would be welcome, especially considering again the fact that roku's voice remote upgrade is only $40 while this one is 59 overall, though, if you have an Apple TV or getting a new Apple TV, This new remote is a much improved version compared to the older remotes and it should make using the Apple TV a lot better.