Apple Is About to Lay down Its TV Cards ➝

Matthew Panzerino, writing for TechCrunch:

If Apple did indeed ‘delay’ the Apple TV from being released at WWDC, then it probably had a reason. And, if my sources are correct, that reason could well be polish, polish, polish. The experience of using it is said to blow away the types of junky smart TV interfaces we’ve had to deal with so far. This is the first real Apple TV product.

I’m really excited to get my hands on the new Apple TV hardware, I just hope it lives up to the hype. I’ve mentioned it before, but my main concern is with the remote. I’m probably the only person who’s more than happy with the Apple TV’s current input method and doesn’t want it to go away.

Matthew Panzerino describes the remote as “slightly bigger and thicker, with physical buttons on the bottom half, a Touchpad area at the top and a Siri microphone.” There’s too many nitpicky details that are still unknown with the remote — will it also function as a game controller, will there be hardware directional buttons, will the Apple TV have an IR sensor. I guess this is the one aspect that I’m just going to have to wait and see with.