The all-new Apple TV 4K is on sale and debuts a brand new Siri remote that resolves some very reasonable criticisms of the original. However, for all initial reviews, the new clicker is not correct.
Despite recent rumors, the new, thicker, silver remote with D-pad and circular swiping pad does not pack an airtag-like tracker that enables it to holler for help when it is inevitably lost between couch cushions.
Heaven knows that we spend a valuable 17 seconds every day searching for the current blighter, so the ability to direct it with millimeter precision (thanks to the U1 chip) would have been a welcome addition.
Alas, Apple decided against it and now we know why. In an interview with Mobile syrup, Apple VP Tim Twerdahl said that Apple is more concerned about what Airtag can do outside the home, while he also believes the extra perimeter means people often won’t lose the remote.
The vice president of product marketing for Home and Audio said: “We are very excited about Airtag and what we are doing with U1, and part of that power is Find My Network and the fact that we are worldwide Can take advantage of a billion devices. To help you find stuff. For your point, it’s the most powerful out of the house. With the changes we’ve made to the Siri remote – making it a bit thicker as well It will not fall that much in your couch cushion – which requires finding all these other network devices, it seems a little low. “
Well, we are not sure about it. A lot of it will depend on the couch in question, but the new remote is 9.55 mm thick, while the first-gen model has 6.33 mm. Is that 3mm enough to stop you slipping between your pillows?
Anyway, just because Apple hasn’t created AirTag in the new Siri remote, it doesn’t mean that if you’re completely desperate, you can’t add one yourself. Granted, applying glue on one isn’t going to do much for aesthetics, but it will get the job done. To keep things a little more judicious, can we suggest tile stickers?
In the coming days we will review Apple TV 4K. We are confident that it will figure in the Best Set-Top Box list for 2021.