Alternative remote ideas floated by Apple included a wireless
keyboard and mouse, or using an iPod, iPhone or iPad as a remote.
None of these concepts worked. But there was one “I finally
cracked it” moment, when Apple realized you could just talk to
It’s the stuff of science fiction. You sit on your couch and
rather than fumble with several remotes or use hand gestures, you
simply talk: “Put on the last episode of Gossip Girl.” “Play
the local news headlines.” “Play some Coldplay music
videos.” Siri does the rest.
How would you tell Siri-on-TV to listen to your command, though, without an at least single-button remote? Without a prompt, how does Siri know when you’re talking to it?