The new streaming media device, which made its debut alongside a range of colorful iMacs and a pair of M1-equipped iPad Pros, looks identical to the previous model, that is until you look at the Siri remote. The remote control has been given a complete revamp and now looks a lot like the aluminum remote that shipped with the third-gen Apple TV.
The slender remote is made from 100% recycled aluminum and replaces the controversial touchpad with a traditional 4-way directional pad, which also acts a touchpad for swipe gestures if you prefer that way of navigating the Apple TV interface. Moving your thumb around the outer circle of the D-pad will let you move forward and back through video streams.
The new remote also includes a dedicated power button, which can power your TV on and off along with the Apple TV 4K. There’s also a new way to chat with Siri — the mic button has been relocated to the side of the remote.
As with the previous Siri remote, you recharge the second-gen device with an Apple Lightning cable.
Apple TV owners who don’t want a full upgrade can buy the second-gen Siri remote on its own for $59.
The remote isn’t the only thing that has changed. Under the Apple TV
Speaking of iOS devices, Apple has added a very clever new Apple TV
One change that Apple didn’t discuss during the event is the addition of the HDMI 2.1 specification to the new streaming device. This won’t mean much for the average consumer of movies and TV shows, but it lays the groundwork (along with the A12 Bionic chip) for new gaming features.
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