Apple has finally ditched its much-maligned Apple TV remote with a new iteration that eliminates the confusing touchpad for some old-fashioned buttons. But you don’t have to pay for Apple’s updated Apple TV 4K to get one. Apple is selling the new remote separately for $ 59, and customers can use it with any tvOS-based Apple TV.
That means even if you own the first-generation Apple TV 4K or the original fourth-generation Apple TV from 2015 that debuted with the Siri remote, you can upgrade to the new and improved clicker.
This is great news for anyone who still has an older model, as the original Siri remote is awful, and Apple’s recently revamped Apple TV 4K models are still on the extremely high end of the spectrum for a new set-top box – especially if you’ve already got the first generation Apple TV 4K.
The new Siri remote also replaces the old (bad) model in all new Apple TVs sold in the future, including both the 32GB and 64GB versions of the new Apple TV 4K and the inexplicably still on sale offered Apple TV HD (which, at $ 149 for the six-year-old set-top box, is an extremely tough sell compared to the $ 179 just-refreshed Apple TV 4K).
Pre-orders for the new Siri remote will open April 30 and will ship sometime in the second half of May.
By the way, Apple confirms that the new Siri Remote doesn’t have a U1 locator chip, so you’ll have to find it buried in your couch cushions.