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The Siri Remote is the main accessory for the Apple TV. While Apple’s set-top-box hasn’t changed much over the years, the Siri Remote has gone through multiple iterations.

History

The Siri Remote combines with the history of the Apple TV. Although Apple’s set-top-box always had a remote, it was only called “Siri Remote” starting with the fourth-generation Apple TV in 2015.

The original Apple Remote from 2006 was made of white plastic and designed with six buttons, resembling the first-generation iPod shuffle.

In 2009, the remote received its first redesigned but it launched without a new Apple TV, being released alongside the 27-inch iMac and multi-touch Magic Mouse. The aluminum model was made available one year later with the second-generation Apple TV and remained the same in the third-generation Apple TV. It was rebranded and redesigned in 2015 with the fourth generation of the set-top-box and called Siri Remote.

The first version of the Siri Remote wasn’t well-received. Made with a mix of aluminum and glass, it had a beautiful design, but could easily crack when dropped on the floor. It was also hard to know which way to point to the set-top box. Its touchpad was also complicated to use. Most of the time, the pointer moved instead of clicking.

When Apple introduced the fifth-generation Apple TV in September of 2017, the Siri Remote received a white circle around the Menu button.

With Apple’s ‘Spring Loaded’ event in April of 2021, the company unveiled the second-generation Apple TV 4K with a brand new Siri Remote. With more buttons, it resembles a mix of the first Apple Remote models. Like all the other this new accessory charges via Lightning.

Siri Remote Specs and Features

The second-generation Siri Remote is made of aluminum and rubber buttons. It has a microphone for Siri, an IR transmitter, a Lightning connector for charging, and uses Bluetooth 5.0 technology. According to Apple:

“The Siri Remote (2nd generation) brings precise control to your Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD. Its all-new touch-enabled clickpad lets you click titles, swipe through playlists, and use a circular gesture on the outer ring to find just the scene you’re looking for. And with Siri, you can find what you want to watch using just your voice.”

The new accessory has a total of eight buttons with you count the clickpad as only one button. Here’s what every button does:

  • Power button: turn the Apple TV on/off
  • Clickpad: it’s possible to use it clicking or swiping the finger, like on the iPod Classic
  • <: Previous page
  • TV icon: Opens the Apple TV app
  • Play/pause
  • Mute
  • Volume
  • Siri button: on the right side, there’s a dedicated button to invoke Siri

Although it was rumored, the second-generation Siri Remote doesn’t have a U1 chip to help users find the accessory when it gets lost in the couch.

Pricing

The Siri Remote pricing is $59.

Release Date

With the second-generation Apple TV 4K being available in the second half of May, we expect the Siri Remote to be released separately then as well. It is backward compatible with the previous-generation Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD.

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