Throughout its history, Apple has tried to walk the line between futuristic, beautiful products and things that, in Steve Jobs’ words, just work. In the case of the bundled remote with Apple TV, you can argue that it’s failed.
The remote is minimalist to the point of being difficult to use — and one Swiss TV and internet provider has apparently taken note. While it provides Apple TVs to its customers, it does so with its own traditional remote.
The roughly $20 Swiss Apple TV remote was supposedly developed in collaboration with Apple. It natively supports the Apple TV, just like Apple’s own remote. But it offers a standard control pad for navigation. It’s so basic, in fact, that it doesn’t offer a microphone for Siri. That’s possibly due to the fact that there is no Siri service in Switzerland. There is also no numerical channel button, since tvOS does not support this.
It will be interesting to see whether the Salt remote winds up selling elsewhere. If you’re in Switzerland, you can buy it from one of the company’s stores. I know a few people who love the Siri remote, but lots of people find it difficult to use. It debuted with the Apple TV fourth-gen model a few years back.
Would you be interested in this more conventional Swiss Apple TV remote? What do you make of the existing Apple TV Siri remote? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.