Apple has one of the most pleasant user interfaces we have had a chance to use. Thanks to the Apple TV 4K’s built-in high-speed A12 chip, there are no stutters or delays when moving the selector around on-screen.
Additionally, unlike some alternative streaming media boxes from the likes of Roku and Amazon, the Apple TV 4K has no in-menu ads, making it one of the cleanest and unobtrusive experiences we have seen.
While the previous generation of Apple TV included a touch remote that many users found tedious, Apple has included a new remote with its 2021 Apple TVs, making navigating on-screen menus much more enjoyable.
Buttons are tactile, and the directional pad has been redesigned to allow for more straightforward navigation by feel, which is great for when you can’t see the remote in the dark. Previous Apple TV users will also welcome the addition of a Mute button and Power button.
Siri stays present on the Apple TV 4K remote, so you can easily hold down the Siri button, now on the side of the device, and search for content by voice.
As always, the Apple TV remote is built well, crafted from metal, and can be recharged using a Lightning to USB charging cord. A single charge is promised to last for several months before needing to plug back in.
We applaud Apple’s decision to update its remote, and the Cupertino-based company continues to deliver one of the smoothest and clutter-free interfaces we have ever seen.