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Devil rolla
25th June 2009, 11:43 AM
"Apple breathed some new life into its Apple TV media hub on Wednesday with upgrades to both its firmware and the iPhone's Remote app that let owners control the wireless media hub through multi-touch input on their handheld's (http://www.macdailynews.com/index.php/weblog/comments/apple_releases_remote_13_apple_tv_24_to_offer_mult i_touch_gesture_control/#) touch-sceen," Aidan Malley reports for AppleInsider.

"The combination of Apple TV 2.4 and Remote 1.3 (http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=VeZI/RsU2UI&offerid=146261&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=1826&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252FW ebObjects%252FMZStore.woa%252Fwa%252FviewSoftware% 253Fid%253D284417350%2526mt%253D8%2526uo%253D6%252 6partnerId%253D30) provides a new Control button that can be dragged into the bottom icon bar and serves as an alternative to the regular navigation controls on the iPhone or iPod touchhttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/mag-glass_10x10.gif (http://www.macdailynews.com/index.php/weblog/comments/apple_releases_remote_13_apple_tv_24_to_offer_mult i_touch_gesture_control/#)," Malley reports.

"In the main menus, users can flick or drag a finger across the screen to scroll through items; a tap selects the current item. Pressing and holding on a "menu" item moves back up one level in the Apple TV'shttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/mag-glass_10x10.gif (http://www.macdailynews.com/index.php/weblog/comments/apple_releases_remote_13_apple_tv_24_to_offer_mult i_touch_gesture_control/#) interface," Malley reports.

http://www.macdailynews.com/index.php/weblog/comments/apple_releases_remote_13_apple_tv_24_to_offer_mult i_touch_gesture_control/

james the 2nd
25th June 2009, 11:45 AM
Is this the precursor of apps/games on the ATV using the iphone/ipod as a controller.. quite possibly I reckon..

Devil rolla
25th June 2009, 11:47 AM
now with screen shots also..

http://images.appleinsider.com/appletv-090624.png

AppleInsider | Apple updates Apple TV, Remote app to allow multi-touch control (http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/06/24/apple_updates_apple_tv_remote_app_to_allow_multi_t ouch_control.html)

Lutze
25th June 2009, 12:06 PM
All I want to know is does it break the Perian hack? :)

bennettnz
25th June 2009, 01:43 PM
Can't wait to go home and try this out. I think this is a pretty big hint at what might be possible in the near future.

Phase
25th June 2009, 01:47 PM
It works ridiculously well, and as others have said- makes me geek out thinking what else is possible.

Japester
25th June 2009, 01:55 PM
I want to see a new remote for the next hardware release. I envision something much like the iPod Touch but smaller and optimised for a viewing environment, such as auto dimming in low light, screen sleep but full touch control still available. I know we've got this app, but it has to run on devices that are multi-use (you have to answer the phone, use an app, etc.) and the remote app inevitably gets interrupted. For this reason I have never found a remote app to be better than a dedicated remote.

Devil rolla
26th June 2009, 08:41 AM
Played with this last night, lotsa fun

Macca with a Mac
26th June 2009, 01:25 PM
The remote app sucked for so long, finally it's useful. Love the 10 second repeat feature. Also like how the TV shows in ATV are now listed by date rather than alphabetically. Still hate how the Daily Show and Colbert are $3 an episode in iTMS, and how Internode don't allow free iTMS downloads. Thank God for my EyeTV...

Lutze
26th June 2009, 01:33 PM
Wish list is for the remote app to have a 10s Forward button too.

Played with it last night using films I'd converted and tv shows pushed / converted from EyeTV - found that the chapter system is forced on the data and this makes moving forward a lot more predictable. You can access chapters on a tv show / movie by using the downwards motion on the App while a show is playing. You'll see the blue progress line appear and if you look closely (hey we're quite far from out box!) you'll see the lines that mark the chapters.

Personally I found the scan / play system to be a lot quicker than before - I can now FF a show and hit play and it almost instantly plays - before there seemed to be a gap... and you'd skip forwards 2 more minutes.

I want to know why we can't use gestures on computer control and for audio playback.... that's all! :)

Japester
26th June 2009, 01:42 PM
The remote app sucked for so long, finally it's useful. ... Still hate how the Daily Show and Colbert are $3 an episode in iTMS...

Whoah! Too much vitriol! The app did not "suck", it's just had a new feature added. Don't know why you're bitching about the price of Daily Show and Colbert Report. All episodes are $3. I bought a multi-pass for Daily Show, which gives me 16 episodes for $10. That's great value in my book. You're probably referring to the older episodes, as the multi-pass gives you the latest episode on the day you bought it, then 15 after that. I figured it's a topical show, so not as important to get the older episodes.

Japester
26th June 2009, 01:43 PM
... I want to know why we can't use gestures on computer control and for audio playback.... that's all! :)

I'm guessing this is a differentiation feature to make the Apple TV more appealing. If you've got it, it's a special reward. If not, then it's another temptation to get one.

Cybix
26th June 2009, 01:50 PM
All I want to know is does it break the Perian hack? :)

any update will break any hacks you've done. no doubt.

Macca with a Mac
26th June 2009, 05:03 PM
Whoah! Too much vitriol! The app did not "suck", it's just had a new feature added.

Okay, maybe I was a bit over the top. But it was only useful (for me) when content was synced (ie. stored on the ATV) whereas I preferred to stream.

I found that the remote app only worked if the program was actually playing on the ATV. But I couldn't select it from the library first (if I did that it would only play it on my computer).



Don't know why you're bitching about the price of Daily Show and Colbert Report. All episodes are $3. I bought a multi-pass for Daily Show, which gives me 16 episodes for $10.

I'd pay $3 for a 50 min show, but I refuse to pay that much for a 21 min episode. But I didn't notice the $16 for 10 deal. That makes it sweeter. I'll give it some thought...