Apple finally has itwith a faster processor and new features. But perhaps the most anticipated change is the new one from Apple TV . The redesigned remote is larger, so you’re less likely to get lost between the cushions of your sofa, and the touchpad that previously formed the top half of the remote is completely gone.
The updated design also comes with some new buttons and additional functionality. For example, there is now an on / off button and the menu button has disappeared.
Best of all? The new Siri Remote is sold on its own and works with the Apple TV HD and the original Apple TV 4K. Yes, you can upgrade your Siri Remote without buying an entire Apple TV. With that in mind, here are six tips and tricks for Apple’s new Siri Remote.
There is a new back button
If you have the original Siri Remote, you might be confused considering the new remote and the lack of a menu button. The main purpose of that button was to take you back to the Apple TV interface or to sometimes show playback controls. So instead of keeping the menu label, Apple discarded it and now serves as a back button.
Siri Remote’s new clickpad is not what it appears to be
The updated remote may not have a giant touchpad area like the original, but the clickpad is touch sensitive. You can press the center circle of the clickpad to do things like open an app or switch between play / pause while watching a show. The outer ring of the click pad can be pressed to more accurately navigate through a long list of items, or to move forward or backward in 10 second increments.
Or if you prefer touch controls, you can swipe the entire path and navigate your Netflix library. You still have to press the inside of the pad to select an item – tap to select is not an option.
A new trick to fast forward or rewind
The next time you want to jump forward (or back) to watch your favorite scene in a Ted Lasso episode, remember this trick to fast forward or rewind.
Pause what you are watching, either by using the play / pause button or by pressing the center of the click pad. Then place a thumb on the outside edge of the click pad and move it clockwise or counterclockwise.
It took me a few tries to master the new technique, but I think the trick is to pause your show and then leave your thumb on the ring for the remote to recognize it. You will know when the Apple TV is ready because you will see a small circle with a blue dot on the show’s timeline.
Adjust the touch sensitivity of the Siri Remote
If you find the remote’s touch controls too sensitive, or not sensitive enough for your liking, you can go to the Settings app and fine-tune it. Go to Settings > Remotes and devices > Touch Surface Tracking and try out the different options.
Turn off the touchpad completely
If you absolutely can’t turn off the touchpad feature, turn it off completely. Go to Settings > Remotes and devices > Clickpad. Press the Select button to toggle between Click and Just tap or click.
Siri Remote’s power button lets you control all things
That power button on the top of the remote? It’s new, and it does exactly what you think it does. It’s a new feature for the Siri Remote, as strange as that may sound. A quick press of the button turns on your Apple TV and your television.
To turn everything off, press and hold the button for about a second.
If you are having trouble with the remote not controlling all the devices connected to your TV, double check that the setting is enabled by going to Settings > Remotes and devices and scroll down to it Home Theater Control section. To turn on Control TVs and receivers and switch Volume Control to Car.
There is plenty to learn about the Apple TV, even if you’ve been using one for years. Be here. . Did you know you can use your Apple TV to stream workouts in your living room with Fitness Plus? .