Apple has unveiled the new Apple TV yesterday. The new app enabled and more powerful Apple TV comes with a brand new remote: Siri Remote.
Apple announced the new Apple TV. The smart TV killer is all about apps and runs on the new tvOS. The new Apple TV comes with a feature packed remote control. The Siri Remote has a touch screen, microphone, Bluetooth 4.0 and motion sensors for gaming.
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The new Siri Remote simplifies how to select, scroll and navigate through content on the Apple TV. Apple says that adding touch to Apple TV creates a natural, connected experience, even if the TV screen is on the other side of the room.
The Siri Remote Touch surface enables users to swipe, scroll, select, and navigate around your screen with their thumbs. Scrubbing forward or backward is supposed to extremely precise with touch. Users just need to swipe across the timeline and use the preview frames to pinpoint where they want to go. Every move on the remote's Touch surface is mirrored on the television screen.
The Siri Remote has a Siri button. When pressed a dual microphone listens to user's commands. With Siri, you can use your voice to search TV shows and movies by title, genre, cast, crew, rating or popularity, making it easy to say things like “Show me New Girl,” “Find the best funny movies from the ‘80s,” “Find movies with Jason Bateman” and “Find popular TV shows for kids.”
Siri can also answer questions from the web including weather reports. The information is shown in overlays on the screen even while watching a video.
The built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, and the touch surface on the Siri Remote enable for new game and other app experiences.
Apple states that the Siri Remote can also control TVs and AV Receivers. Besides Bluetooth 4.0 the Siri Remote has an IR Transmitter. We assume there is a learning function to train the Siri Remote to control other devices via infra-red.
The Siri Remote can be charged via a lightning cable. The Battery is supposed to last for months.
The new Apple TV with Siri Remote will ship end of October. the 32GB Apple TV has a $149 price-tag and the 64GB Apple TV sells for $199.
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