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New Apple TV Remote app with Siri support finally arrives


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More than half a year after first teasing it, Apple has released a new Remote app for the revamped Apple TV.

The free app, which is available on the App Store from today, brings the Siri voice control integral to the functionality of the revamped set-top box.

The app, which has been available to developers since WWDC last month (via 9to5Mac), will also make it easier for users to input usernames and passwords without cycling through the keyboard, or attempting to dictate.

Apple has done its best to replicate the look and feel of the physical remote with the app design. The larger touch surface should make it easier for users to scan through media or flick through options.

There’s also the addition of a Now Playing button, that doesn’t feature on the current physical remote.

However, there are some things missing. Users aren’t able to adjust the volume through the app as well as iPad optimisation.

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The launch of the app comes amid frustrations with the fragile physical version. The touch-sensitive trackpad is easy to activate unintentionally, especially if it’s sitting next to you on the couch.

The ability to click-and-swipe in order to scan through media also doesn’t work as well as it might.

Hopefully those disappointed with the physical remote will get more use from the app now it’s finally here.

The older Remote app, which was primarily designed for the previous generation Apple TV boxes remains available in the App Store.


August 2, 2016, 7:32 am

I'm a big Apple fan (iPhone's and iPads) and was very keen to get the new Apple TV at launch. In fact I waited over a year for it. So imagine my surprise when it launches with No Amazon App. To me there are 3 essential Apps, Amazon, Netflix and YouTube. 6 months later there is still no Amazon.

So I recently purchased an Amazon Fire Box for £80 (considerably under the Apple price) and have never looked back. Lost customer for Apple.

Mere Adviser

August 2, 2016, 8:24 am

It's not Apple's fault, is it? It's up to Amazon to publish the app.


August 2, 2016, 9:21 am

It's bound to be Apple's fault. Amazon have their App out there on practically every TV, STB, mobile device, tablet produced. Just not on Apple TV. Apple will be demanding something Amazon aren't happy with, something others don't.

Without amazon the box is not only useless (certainly to me) but also the excellent Unified Search is too.

On the bright side I'm extremely pleased with the Amazon Fire TV, so have no regrets at all.

Dave Bullock

August 2, 2016, 10:37 am

Its not available on the Android platforms either. Is that Apple's fault too?

I must admit it very frustrating - I want to get one box that supports all the services I use - but they all aren't quite right yet. AppleTV has no Amazon. FireTV doesn't do NOW and everything they do do that isnt their own stuff is distinctly second class and while Roku does do all three (Netflix being the last one) I can't bring myself to buy 'old' hardware - since the 4 still hasn't been released in the UK


August 2, 2016, 1:12 pm

I was in a similar position, deliberated for a long time. As the Fire TV is a tweaked Android platform I'm very surprised that Amazon is not available on any other Android platform.

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