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The next-generation Apple TV is expected to include a redesigned remote

The next-generation Apple TV is expected to include a redesigned remote

Connected Theater
May 5, 2015

Widely expected to be unveiled at WWDC next month, the new Apple TV hardware will also be sporting a redesigned remote. That’s according to a new report from The New York Times.

Along with a slightly thicker design, the remote will apparently offer some type of touch control:

When Apple introduces its new TV box this summer, the remote control will gain a touch pad and also be slightly thicker than the current version, according to an employee briefed on the product, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the device was confidential. The touch pad can be used for scrolling around and there will also be two physical buttons, the person said. The remote’s thicker size is comparable to the remote control for Amazon’s wireless speaker, the Echo, the person added.

As someone who has lost a grand total of three Apple TV remotes, this is really great news. I’d happily use a slightly thicker version with more features. And a new remote is a great indication that the software and hardware will be taking a big step forward.

The current pictured Apple TV remote is the same design that was introduced with the original box all the way back in 2007.

Back in March, a separate report indicated that the fourth-generation Apple TV will bring true App Store support, Siri voice control, added on-board storage, and more.

Apple is also expected to unveil a streaming TV service at the developer’s conference. For $30 to $40 per month, users will receive access to a number of channels from top broadcasters like ABC, Fox, and CBS. Other popular choices will include ESPN and FX. Along with being available on the Apple TV, the streaming service should be viewable on the iPad and iPhone.

For other news today, see: The Home Depot: yes, then no, to Apple Pay, Watch band designers get official guidance from Apple, and Parts from the Apple Watch’s Classic and Modern Buckle bands can connect any standard strap.

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