The fourth-generation Apple TV boxes were released with touch surface remotes in 2015. Siri support and glass design makes the accessory easy use and stylish. However, the remote has not been a popular accessory because of its high replacement cost and weak durability.
Luckily for users, Function 101 has given an affordable alternative Apple TV remote. The Function 101 remote has an all-black plastic body and buttons for all necessary actions like navigation, volume, mute, play, pause, rewind, forward, and stop. But the remote does not have Siri support which might be a deal-breaker for those users who use Siri for a quick search on Youtube, Netflix, or other Apple TV apps.
This Apple TV button remote will be available in the United States by end of this month for $30 which is almost half the price of an Apple remote and other third-party remotes. When bought separately from Apple, the accessory costs $59 which is a pricey tag if users have to buy it over and over again, especially ones with children.
iPhone as an Apple TV remote
The company does offer a free of cost alternative to the accessory. iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch users can turn their devices into an Apple TV remote to use the box. To use devices as a remote, users will have to make sure that their devices are updated to the latest iOS version and have a WiFi or 4G connectivity. We have listed down the easy steps:
- Swipe up or down the control center
- Tap on the remote icon
- Select the TV from the drop menu on top of the UI
However, saying for experience, it is not convenient to use these devices as a remote at times and a physical remote is always a better choice.
Both boxes, Apple TV 4K and HD ship with a remote and Apple Card holders can purchase it for a monthly installment with 0% interest. Visit apple.com to learn more.