Brian X. Chen on the Upcoming New Apple TV Remote

Brian X. Chen, writing for the NYT:

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.

Might be pretty cool if it’s a taptic trackpad, sort of like the new one for MacBooks. You might be able to “feel” menu items as you navigate the UI — eyes on the TV but fingers on the remote. And you could control fast-forward/rewind scrubbing speed by the force of your touch.

Monday, 4 May 2015