The three-year old Apple TV has finally been refreshed. Apple detailed the next generation Apple TV at its fall media event. Highlights include a brand new remote control, which adds touch controls and Siri integration to the experience. The top surface of the remote is designed with a glass surface for easy swiping and touch selection. Siri brings voice search to the device, spanning multiple content sources such as Netflix and Hulu and returning all relevant watching options in one place.
Save the date. Apple has probably scheduled a media event for Wednesday, September 9th to reveal the iPhone 6s. But that's not all, according to John Paczkowski at BuzzFeed. The iPhone updates are just the tip of the iceberg, with new iPads and a long-awaited Apple TV refresh also in the works. The only remaining question is whether or not Apple will deliver the rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Soon a long list of devices throughout the home and auto will be remotely controlled. While many are already accustomed to using iPhone and iPad apps for remote control, Apple Watch adds a new dimension of convenience. TV remotes in particular can be eliminated thanks to the Apple Watch. Here are a few different ways that Apple Watch owners can guide their viewing experience directly from the wrist.
If you are new to the Apple TV, it isn't obvious how to turn it off. There are several ways you can turn off the device:
1. The quickest way to turn off the Apple TV, aside from unplugging it, is to hold down the Play/Pause button for about three seconds. This only works from the main menu screen. If your Apple TV has an older software version (before iOS 5.1), hold the Select button instead (the center circle button).
The Apple TV remote is fairly small and could potentially find its way to an odd part of your house, not to be seen again for years, if at all. If this happens to you, or if you step on it and break it, you're in luck, because you can purchase an Apple TV remote separately from the Apple TV. You can find it at the Apple Store under Apple TV -> Accessories.