Apple Introduces Revamped $59 Siri Remote With More Prominent Menu Button [Updated]

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Alongside the new 4K Apple TV, Apple today quietly released a new, slightly redesigned Siri Remote to go along with it. Priced at $59, the updated remote features a new more prominent Menu button with a white circle around it.

Aside from the redesign to the Menu button, the new Apple TV Siri Remote appears to be identical to the previous-generation model. At $59, the remote is $20 cheaper than the previous-generation Siri Remote.

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Ahead of the launch of the new Apple TV, there was code found in leaked golden master software that suggested the new remote would feature new haptic feedback capabilities, but there's no mention of haptic feedback functionality in the description of the device.

The revamped Remote continues to ship with a Lightning to USB cable, and it is available with both the new 4K Apple TV and the existing fourth-generation Apple TV.

Apple is pricing the 4K Apple TV starting at $179 for a 32GB model. The fourth-generation Apple TV is available for $149.

Update: Apple notes in its overview on developing apps for the Apple TV 4K that the new Siri Remote is able to provide apps with data on attitude and rotation rate, in addition to the acceleration and gravity data generated by the original version.

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Top Rated Comments

Cougarcat Avatar
42 months ago
Lol. Does the ring glow in the dark?

Back to the drawing board, Apple...
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
justiny Avatar
42 months ago
I'm glad it's a little cheaper, but I'd hardly consider adding a white circle around one button "revamped".
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Cougarcat Avatar
42 months ago

Well this will at least quite some of the MR complainers about their massive orientation issue. They just couldn’t figure out which way was up lol.

No it won't. The remote still has a symmetrical shape, and you aren't going to see the circle in the dark.

I hope this is a temporary "what we can do to make the current design a bit better without any effort" change and they're working on an actual revamped model. If this doesn't have the haptic functionality, maybe it'll be in that new design.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
petsounds Avatar
42 months ago
Apple doubling down on a bad design here. They need to be able to admit when they've made a mistake and correct it. If nothing else, they should have changed the remote so people can figure out which way is up in the dark.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Szarky Avatar
42 months ago
Surprised the new 4K update didn't come with a completely new remote that had some decent ergonomics compared to the good to look at but painful to use stick of butter we have now.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ZipZap Avatar
42 months ago
This remote, new and last gen, is the worst remote ever. Way too sensitive to touch. Never been able to adjust that away.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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