by Tim Hardwick
Universal Electronics has announced its own take on Apple’s divisive Apple TV Remote that’s “specifically developers and designed” for cable, satellite, and MVPD (multichannel video program distributor) customers, according to the company (via The Verge).
The UEI Remote uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity together with Infrared to provide universal control, and offers Apple TV users content search and control via Siri and a program guide button for live TV viewing functions, along with separate volume and channel rockers and traditional media playback buttons.
In addition to featuring Apple’s MFi authentication chip for secure connectivity with Apple TV, the remote also packs an accelerometer and ambient light sensor to automatically backlight the keys in low light environments when the remote is picked up or moved.
“We’re excited that customers worldwide will soon be able to enjoy this new remote, designed specifically for the growing number of MVPDs offering Apple TV 4K to their subscribers,” said Paul Arling, CEO, Universal Electronics Inc. “This remote offers convenient features to quickly access the EPG or channel surf live programming available through the MVPD’s app on Apple TV 4K.”
Third-party alternatives to Apple’s deeply unpopular Apple TV Remote aren’t new. Last year we saw Swiss telco Salt launch an alternative remote control for the Apple TV 4K set-top boxes that it includes in its domestic broadband TV bundle. Then, in July, Function101 launched a $30 variant for U.S. the consumer market (there’s no Siri button included on that one though).
UEI’s remote won’t be available for consumers to buy when it launches early next year. Instead, it’s being offered directly to cable companies that include an Apple TV 4K as part of a streaming video package.
Thursday November 19, 2020 10:16 am PST by Juli Clover
Apple today released iOS 14.2.1, a bug fix update that comes two weeks after the launch of iOS 14.2 and is available for Apple’s new iPhone 12 models.
The iOS 14.2.1 update can be downloaded for free and it is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the new software, go to Settings > General > Software Update.
According to Apple’s release notes, iOS…
Wednesday November 18, 2020 6:07 pm PST by Arnold Kim
Codeweavers posted a blog post and video tonight showing off CrossOver running on an Apple M1 MacBook Air. This video shows Team Fortress 2 running on a new M1 MacBook Air:
CrossOver is software (based on Wine Project) that runs Microsoft Windows apps on the Mac by translating Windows APIs into their Mac equivalents. The Codeweavers team was able to run the current version of CrossOver on…
Friday November 20, 2020 11:57 am PST by Juli Clover
Following the release of the M1 Macs Apple executives have been doing interviews with a range of publications, and today, Ars Technica published another interview with software engineering chief Craig Federighi, hardware technologies lead Johny Srouji, and marketing VP Greg Joswiak.
Much of the interview focuses on topics that the three have already covered in prior discussions, but there is …
Wednesday November 18, 2020 3:55 pm PST by Juli Clover
Apple appears to have released a revised version of iOS 14.2 that’s available to those who have an iPhone 12 device and who have not previously installed the iOS 14.2 update.
It’s not clear why Apple has released a new version of iOS 14.2, but it may include minor bug fixes, perhaps for installation issues. The updated software has a build number of 18B111, while the original release has a…
A number of industry players, including Spotify, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, and Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson, have today criticized Apple’s move to launch a new App Store Small Business Program that will halve App Store fees for small business owners and independent developers (via The Verge). After Apple announced the new program, Spotify released a statement saying that it…