AppleTV remote

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by cynics, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Well this is unfortunate.


    Slid off the couch onto the hardwood.

    My question is, those with experience with iOS 10. Does the Remote app work as a suitable replacement?

    Currently it doesn't support Siri which I use quite often but the 80 dollar price tag for a new remote is deterring me from just running out and replacing it. If I replace it I guess I'll get a case for it, lol a case for my tv remote....
  2. BradWould macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2015
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    I use the remote app often. It is a suitable replacement if, like you said, you don't mind the temporary loss of Siri. (Until the new app is out). If you use the remote to control your audio/video receiver you will lose that option as well. Other than that the app can do anything the remote can (as far as I can tell)

    Edit: I am using the ios10 beta with the remote app and atv4
  3. benjitek, Jul 27, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2016

    benjitek macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2012
    I'm assuming you're referring to the new Siri Remote App beta, and yes, it is a suitable replacement for the physical remote. I use it most of the time now. Just discovered when I play a video purchased or rented through iTunes, the cover-art becomes the backdrop -- will be great once Netflix, Plex, HBO, etc. get their hooks into that feature. Good use of 3D-Touch feedback if your iPhone supports it. Siri works as expected. Also liking how the remote's progress bar remains onscreen during playback so I don't have to tap the remote to make it appear on the TV. The only thing I miss is volume control, otherwise it's great.
    Siri Remote App 01.png
  4. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    The $20 old style will work with the aTV4 also, obviously no Siri, or volume control though. And over IR, so the aTV has to see the remote.

    Or most 3rd part smart remotes have the aTV codes in them, so check your cable box or TV remote as well as the others.

    If your TV supports HDMI-CEC, you can use the basic nav buttons on your TV remote to control the aTV though the television over HDMI
  5. jdillings macrumors 68000

    Jun 21, 2015
  6. mikzn macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2013
    LOL - I thought that was funny! But hey:eek:, there are cases for the apple Siri remote! Check out this link! It has a non skid texture and wrist strap so it does not fall onto your hardwood floor when gaming! :rolleyes:

    Plastic flexible protective cover for your AppleTV Siri Remote

    Maybe I should get one - I have hardwood floors! $15 Amazon beats the cost of a new remote!
  7. cynics thread starter macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Actually the remote is still working. An added benefit is I can clearly feel the orientation I'm holding the remote when I pick it up in the dark. Maybe this is a feature!
  8. digitalm3 macrumors member


    Sep 10, 2014
    I second this case, I have tile floors and my remote(S) have done headers many times with no incidents :)

    The silicon etc cases are too ugly and obtrusive..

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