Review: The new Apple TV remote makes everyone happy


After a month of having the new Apple TV in our household, I can firmly recommend that all Apple TV owners pick up the new generation of Apple TV Siri Remote.

The differences between the 2017 Apple TV and the new 2021 Apple TV hardware are negligible, but the remote redesign stands on its own as bringing happiness and joy to the living room. Everything about the Apple TV is expensive, but fortunately you can buy the remote separately. It’s compatible with any Apple TV that runs tvOS …

When Apple retraced its steps on the butterfly key decision, it essentially reverted back to the tried-and-tested Magic Keyboard design with almost no tweaks or changes. It made people happy, but it was kind of boring.

The old Apple TV remote lived in the market about as long as the butterfly keyboard fiasco, garnering about as much frustration. Unlike with the keyboard situation though, Apple’s new Siri Remote is not merely a step backward into the past. The new remote is a combination of the best parts of the fourth-gen trackpad remote and the older silver Infrared button remote that came before it. It really does make everyone happy… or at least, my family doesn’t get angry every time they pick it up.

The main problems with the old Apple TV remote was that the trackpad was easy to touch accidentally, the layout was symmetrical so you didn’t know which way you were holding it, and the overall remote was small and easy to lose. The new 2021 Apple TV Siri Remote addresses each of these issues.

Personally, I had learned how to deal with the old remote. I had trained myself to carefully pick it up by its side, in order not to brush against the trackpad surface. As such, I didn’t hate it as much as other people, but I could recognize its flaws all the same. What I am happy about is that Apple preserved the Siri Remote’s best idea — the swipe gesture trackpad — and remodeled it to make it intuitive and accessible to more Apple TV users, rather than scrapping a good idea altogether because of a bad implementation in the first attempt.

The new remote features a circular trackpad/button at the top and the other buttons go below. This immediately makes the remote button’s…

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