Most of the reviews have been on apps for the latest Apple TV, but now its remote is getting some attention.
In a new review of the fourth-generation Apple TV, ZDNet’s Zack Whittaker says the Siri Remote is the Apple TV's "biggest let down." Whittaker claims that the majority of the issues revolves around its touch-enabled trackpad on the top of the remote. The top and bottom of the remote are nearly identical, explained Whittaker, and the trackpad is almost impossible to distinguish in low-light. The trackpad also has sensitivity issues, sometimes being under-responsive, and other times being too sensitive and "hyperactive." In his time using the Apple TV, Whittaker discovered that the trackpad is not pet-proof, as he claims his cat turned on a particularly gruesome Dexter episode in the middle of the night. For Whittaker, the Apple TV's saving grace was when Apple released support for fourth-generation devices to the iPhone remote app. While Whittaker may have had issues with the Siri Remote, other reviewers said they found it easy to work with.
Whittaker's issues with the trackpad, while not entirely avoidable, could be lessened with the use of the remote's new Siri support. The fourth-generation Apple TV brings with it a redesigned remote with Siri, aptly called the Siri Remote. "With the Siri Remote, you tell your TV exactly what you want to watch. Ask Siri to give you a few options, like 'Show me popular TV shows.' Siri automatically searches across popular services like iTunes, Netflix, and more, so you don’t have to dig through each app individually," explained Apple. The Siri Remote can also search Apple Music for songs and launch specific apps so you can "focus on the entertainment." Apple is working to add the full Siri Remote features to its iPhone remote app.
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