Siri Remote
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Current generation Siri Remote, introduced in 2021
Also known asApple TV Remote
DeveloperApple Inc.
ManufacturerFoxconn (under contract)
Pegatron (under contract)
TypeRemote control
Generation2
Release dateFirst generation:
October 30, 2015 (2015-10-30) (original)
September 12, 2017 (2017-09-12) (2017 revision)
Second generation:
May 21, 2021 (2021-05-21)
Introductory priceFirst generation:
US$79[1]
Second generation:

US$59
System on a chipARM Cortex-M3 32-bit MCU[2]
CPUST Microelectronics STM32L151QD ultra-low-power
Memory48 KB RAM
Storage384 KB Flash with ECC (with 2 banks of 192 KB enabling Rww capability)
InputLightning, dual microphones, InvenSense ITG-3600 3-axis gyroscope (first generation only)
TouchpadFirst generation:
Glass multi-touch surface served by a Broadcom BCM5976C1KUB6G touch screen controller
PowerFirst generation:
3.78V, 1.55 W•h, 410 mA•h recyclable Rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
Second generation:
3.81V, 1.52 W•h, 398 mA•h recyclable rechargeable lithium-ion battery
PlatformtvOS
DimensionsFirst generation:
4.88 inches (124 mm) H
1.5 inches (38 mm) W
0.25 inch (6.3 mm) D
Second generation:
5.4 inches (136 mm) H
1.4 inches (35 mm) W
0.36 inch (9.25 mm) D
MassFirst generation:
1.59 ounces (45 g)
Second generation:
2.2 ounces (63 g)
PredecessorApple Remote
Websitewww.apple.com/shop/product/MJFM3LL/A/siri-remote

The Siri Remote (known as the Apple TV Remote in regions where Siri is not supported)[3] is a remote control released by Apple with the Siri-capable fourth generation and later Apple TV. The Siri Remote is the successor to the original Apple Remote.

First generation

The first generation Siri Remote is visually distinguished by a trackpad covering the upper third of its face. The multi-touch surface allows for clicking, swiping in either of four directions for navigation, and tilting the trackpad button in any direction to "tilt" buttons in the interface. The Siri Remote is equipped with dual microphones for spoken input for Siri and text entry. In addition to controlling the Apple TV itself, the Siri Remote can learn the IR codes to control the volume of a TV, sound bar, or receiver.

On September 12, 2017, along with the announcement of the Apple TV 4K, Apple announced an updated Siri Remote with a raised white border around the menu button and additional motion input for apps. Additionally, the price was reduced to $59.[4]

Second generation

On April 20, 2021 Apple announced a redesigned second generation Siri Remote in conjunction with an updated Apple TV 4K.[5] The new remote is thicker with a curved back, changes the trackpad to a circular touch-enabled click pad reminiscent to the iPod click wheel, replaces the menu button with a back button, adds television power and mute buttons, and moves the Siri button to the upper right-side edge. The remote does not include an accelerometer and gyroscope, which were present in the previous Siri Remote, making it incompatible with some games.[6] It is backwards compatible with previous tvOS-based Apple TVs and ships with an updated SKU of the Apple TV HD.[7]

Specifications

Models First generation Second generation
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Release date(s) October 30, 2015 May 21, 2021
Model number A1962 A2540
Discontinued May 21, 2021 In production
Size and weight
Height 4.88 inches (124 mm) 5.4 inches (136 mm)
Width 1.5 inches (38 mm) 1.4 inches (35 mm)
Depth 0.25 inch (6.3 mm) 0.36 inch (9.25 mm)
Weight 1.66 ounces (47 g) 2.2 ounces (63 g)
Communication and Connections
Microphone Dual microphones for Siri
IR transmitter Yes
Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology
Port Lightning connector for charging
Sensors
Accelerometer Yes No
Gyroscope
Power
Battery Built-in recyclable rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
(3.78V, 1.55 W•h, 410 mA•h) - A1519
Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
(3.81V, 1.52 W•h, 398 mA•h) - A2563
Charging Via USB to computer system or power adapter (sold separately)
Environmental Requirements
Operating temperatures 32° to 95 °F (0° to 35 °C)
Nonoperating temperature -4° to 113 °F (-20° to 45 °C)
Relative humidity 5% to 95% noncondensing
Operating altitude Tested up to 10,000 feet (3000 m)
FCCID BCGA1513 BCGA2540

Usability

The Siri Remote's usability has been controversial, with users reporting difficulty navigating using the trackpad.[8] In late 2019, the Swiss telecom provider Salt, which uses the Apple TV 4K as the set-top box for its IPTV offerings, introduced its own replacement IR remote control using traditional buttons. It is sold as an optional accessory for about CHF 20.[9][10]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Siri Remote". www.apple.com. Archived from the original on November 14, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  2. ^ "STM32L151QD Ultra-low-power ARM Cortex-M3 MCU with 384 Kbytes Flash, 32 MHz CPU, USB, 3xOp-amp - STMicroelectronics". www.st.com. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  3. ^ "Use Siri on your Apple TV (4th generation)". Apple Inc. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  4. ^ Clover, Juli (September 12, 2017). "Apple Introduces Revamped $59 Siri Remote With More Prominent Menu Button". MacRumors. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  5. ^ "Siri Remote". Apple. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  6. ^ "New Siri Remote Lacks Accelerometer and Gyroscope for Gaming on Apple TV". MacRumors. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  7. ^ "Apple Made Some Great Design Changes on the 4k TV Siri Remote". HD Report. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  8. ^ Moseman, Andrew (November 9, 2015). "The New Apple TV Is Great. And Then There's the Remote". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  9. ^ Gartenberg, Chaim (December 9, 2019). "The Apple TV remote is so bad that a Swiss TV company developed a normal replacement". The Verge. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  10. ^ Brykman, Steve (January 12, 2019). "UX rant: The nightmare horrorshow that is the Apple TV remote". Ars Technica. Retrieved February 27, 2020.