Apple TV Concept Envisions iPod Touch-Style Remote

There have been several mockups of the next-generation iPhone and Apple's much-rumored iWatch, but few designers have tackled what could lie in store for Apple's upcoming revamped Apple TV set-top box.

German technology magazine Curved has explored what the future of the Apple TV could look like, posting some conceptual images of a set-top box that includes iPhone 5s design elements and a touch-based remote.

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The reimagined remote control features a touch interface that mimics the existing interface of the Apple TV, offering access to specific channels like Netflix along with specific controls for music and playback.
The main attraction is the revamped remote control, completely redesigned as a touch device that might be wirelessly rechargeable via Apple TV. iPhone 5 / 5s / 5c are still functioning as remote controls as well. Additionally, a separate App Store for Apple TV should be available. With 9,8 x 9,8 cm, it comes in the same size as the 2-year-old 3rd generation, but will be even thinner with 1,67 cm. We expect models to be available in grey, gold and silver.
There has been no indication that Apple is planning on launching a product with a touch-based remote control, but an analyst suggested the company could go in that direction back in 2012.

It is also unclear what a redesigned Apple TV might look like, but Curved imagines a new product might retain the existing product's square shape while adopting some of the features of the iPhone 5s, such as a shiny white or black exterior with gold and slate accents.

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Rumors have indicated that Apple has plans to release a redesigned Apple TV product in the spring, with a number of improvements including an upgraded processor, game support, and possibly even a full App Store. Apple may also have more ambitious plans in the works, aiming to partner with traditional cable companies to provide additional content on the set-top box.

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10 months ago
The remote would cost more than the Apple TV box itself!
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10 months ago
yuck.

why build a remote like that...they already have a similar remote...your pre-purchased iPhone/ipod.
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10 months ago
there is something about being able to actually click a button.

you can change channels and the volume without having to look down at the remote.
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10 months ago
The remotes don't have touch ID? NOOO! :D
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10 months ago
I don't know about that remote concept but that white and gold Apple TV sure looks sexy!
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10 months ago
The amount of times my remotes have been launched across the room when I get up and forget they're on my lap...
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10 months ago

Apple is releasing so little stuff that we have to do with wholesale fictions to bide time.


I know. What happened to Cook's promise to release new products "throughout 2014" rather than release everything within the space of a few weeks like they did last year and the year before. I know it's only mid March but I haven't heard about anything on the horizon before WWDC in June.

That's the difference with Steve. He knew that you had to maintain people's interest in the brand by releasing new products month by month with lots of little hints and leaks in between. That kept the buzz going all year round. We might as well hibernate for 10 months of the year with Cook in charge as everything comes out in Sept and Oct. Makes the rest of the year bloody boring if like me you're an Apple news/products junkie.
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10 months ago

I think that actually looks really nice, both the mockup devices and the remotes.

"why build a remote like that...they already have a similar remote...your pre-purchased iPhone/ipod."

Because it means you don't have to unlock your phone, load the app, select the right interface (swipe or library). A remote is best when it's pick up and use instantly.


I think you are missing the practical part here.
1) aluminium apple tv and remote like that would hike the price to about $200-300 -> won't happen
2) remote like this would mean another device to charge -> won't happen
3) apple will try to minimalise the look and possibly make it the smallest thing they can without it being flashy. They have other products for that :)
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10 months ago
No tactile input = remote fail
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10 months ago

Why does a remote need a touch ID?


Good lord, it was clearly a joke- referencing the 'no touch ID = lame" threads from the iPad refresh.
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