The remote charges via Lightning but the ATV4 has USB Type-C? What?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Hog Milanese, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. tlaw81 macrumors member

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    I completely agree. Especially since most people don't have USB-C cables laying around.
     
  2. Menel macrumors 603

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    Meh, its not used unless you are a dev.
    If you are a dev, you are presumed intelligent enough to come up with a USB cable.
     
  3. tlaw81 macrumors member

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    I've had to restore my ATV3 once or twice and I'm not a developer. Wouldn't be surprised if I have to do it again with the new one.
     
  4. leesweet macrumors demi-god

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    I guess they assume a Dev has one of the new MBP's. :). More seriously, probably every new USB jack will be C. I've ordered one just to have one. Cheap insurance if needed since you can't find one in ten second in your junk box or at BB the way you could for the ATV3.
     
  5. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god

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    Probably just because USB C is to be the new standard going forward. You can get a USB C cable for less than a buck, so it's not a huge outlay to have one on standby just in case.
     
  6. cynics macrumors G3

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    Don't worry, the next time they update the AppleTV USB-C will be a thing of the past.
     
  7. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    I never understand this. Do you want to walk to TV to charge remote? Why?

    Just have your cable ready by the computer you own and charge it there. Duh.

    As for USB-C, wasn't there outcry when iMac doesn't have USB-C? Damn if you do, damn if you don't.
     
  8. cynics macrumors G3

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    I don't have an AppleTV 4 but just so I understand. If you didn't have anything else aside from what is included in the box there is no way to charge the remote?

    I'm asking because I was thinking about getting my mother one. She has an iPad charger she could probably use. Still be nice if all accessories were included.
     
  9. PNutts macrumors 601

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    Everything you need is included. The remote charges via Lightning and there is an included Lightning cable.
     
  10. leesweet macrumors demi-god

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    Right, you plug the included cable into any PC/Mac (except an MBP with the USB-C, but they assume anyone with that will have the converter) or an iPhone/iPad charger.
     
  11. cynics macrumors G3

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    Thanks. I'm sure I have an extra power brick laying about to give her.

    I hope that isn't a trend. How cheap is Apple going to get? I wonder when they will take the power brick out of the iPhone and iPad.
     
  12. bladerunner2000 macrumors 68000

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    Any chance of a hack to allow apps like VLC to access files on external drives connected via the USB-C port?
     
  13. Snoopy4 macrumors 6502a

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    And they couldn't even deliver a black one you could hide in the rack or a plug for it...

    I went and got a black lighting dock. It does the job, but that was pretty tacky of Apple to drop this thing with a white cable and no charger.
     
  14. LiveM macrumors 6502a

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    That's correct - you also need some way to get power through the lighting cable to the remote to charge it. You only have to charge it a few times a year, if that.
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    To be fair, white works best with the official lightning docks. I got the white one but I suppose silver would be another good choice.
     
  15. bluespark macrumors 65816

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    Black would have been a better choice. But are people really charging this in their A/V equipment rack? I would think most people would carry the remote over to their computer/iPhone charger for those very occasional times it needs to be charged.
     
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    I have a Monoprice multi-usb plug behind my couch used for phones, tablets, kindles, and now the Apple TV remote. I agree that I don't see why you would charge it with your AV equipment.
     
  17. Richdmoore macrumors 65816

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    I purchased an Apple TV holder (Total Mount), and it actually included an Siri remote holder that allowed you charge the remote while being stored.

    With this black remote holder, a black cord would have been better. Not a deal breaker by any means, although if they had made the remote holder white it would look better with the white Apple cord. (The design of the holder doesn't allow a non Apple lighting cord to fit, as the plug casing is usually bigger.)

    Probably a dumb question, but would a small USB C (male) to USB A (female) converter plugged into the lighting cable allow the Apple TV to charge the Siri remote?

    My current setup is using an extra wall iPhone power adapter to the Lightning cable to charge the Siri remote while in the holder, if I could just power the Lightning cord off of the atv USB c it would make the cable runs more tidy.
     
  18. rolsskk macrumors 6502

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    But has Apple ever made a black lightning cable?
     
  19. Snoopy4 macrumors 6502a

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    We only use ATV in the living room and bedrooms where they set on shelves in plain view.
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    No, but they should.
     
  20. 2010mini macrumors 68040

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    Because when you buy an Apple product either online or in a store. You will be promoted to buy accessories. Every good retailer does this. Nothing new.
     
  21. AZREOSpecialist macrumors 68000

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    This is evidence that Apple TV is being managed by a different group within Apple than the rest of the iOS devices. It seems the Apple TV group has some morons in it as well as those who would rather bring back PC-DOS.
     
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    Which MacBook Pro would that be?
     
  23. APlotdevice macrumors 68040

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    It would be awesome if Apple put it there for future peripheral options... like a webcam for FaceTime videos.

    I know, it's a long shot. But it just seems asinine to include USB-C if it's just going to be for diagnostic and repair purposes. Especially since you have to plug these things into a computer to restore them when they **** up.
     
  24. 2010mini macrumors 68040

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    Isn't USB-C the future?
     

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