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.