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tvOS 16.3.3 fixes pesky remote bug on latest Apple TV 4K


Apple TV 4K with Siri Remote
The Siri Remote should once again communicate with your 2022 Apple TV 4K.
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Apple released tvOS 16.3.3 on Monday, but it makes only a single change: it fixes a connection bug that’s caused problems with the Siri Remote since the latest Apple TV 4K version debuted in late 2022.

The update is available only for that model. Users of other versions shouldn’t waste time looking for it.

Save $5 on this Apple TV-compatible button remote


This affordable button remote gives you complete control of Apple TV devices at a discounted cost.
Navigate your Apple TV with ease thanks to this low-priced accessory.
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The Apple TV continues to sell like hotcakes, but its remote remains a topic of conversation and leaves some users searching for alternative options. A third-party Apple TV remote like the Function101 Button Remote could give you the classic experience you desire.

It’s an affordable solution and a thoughtful holiday gift at only $24.95 with coupon code BUTTON5 at checkout.

Enter to win a Function101 Button Remote for Apple TV and say, ‘So long, Siri’ [Cult of Mac giveaway]


Giveaway: The Function101 Button Remote offers a user-friendly alternative to the Siri Remote.
The Function101 Button Remote offers a user-friendly alternative to the Siri Remote.
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Three lucky winners in this week’s giveaway will be able to cast aside the Siri Remote forever. We’re giving away three Function101 Button Remotes for Apple TV.

But even if you don’t win, you can still free yourself from one of Apple’s most divisive devices. Retailing at just $29.95, the Button Remote is a deal for everyone who doesn’t like the Apple TV’s Siri Remote.

Create an Apple TV home theater with these 5 gadgets


Work movie magic on your Apple TV with these home theater accessories.
Your Apple TV could create a home theater with these 5 deals.
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If you already have an Apple TV, you know it’s great for streaming movies, shows and music. What you may not have known is that you can use it to build a whole home theater in your living room. If you want to make things feel a bit more cozy this season, we’ve got five devices that could help you create your very own Apple TV theater experience. You might be surprised at how simple it is, too.

This Apple TV remote lets you kick Siri to the curb


Grab an Apple TV replacement remote that doesn't require a conversation to change the channel
Finally, an Apple TV remote that isn't all talk.
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The Apple TV has a lot going for it, but the Siri Remote is pretty divisive, to say the least. If you like telling a robot what to do, you’re going to be hard-pressed to find a better remote. However, if you want a traditional TV-watching experience, the voice controls might not be your cup of tea.

Instead, you may like the Function101 Button Remote. The Function101 was designed as a replacement remote for Apple TV and Apple TV 4K, and it may make it a little easier for you to use all the features built into your set-top streamer. For a limited time, you can get the Function101 Remote on sale for $24.95 (regularly $29.95) with code BUTTON5.

This inexpensive Apple TV remote frees you from fiddly voice and touch controls


Ditch your Siri Remote for this $30 Apple TV remote.
Skip unreliable Siri commands and get this button-tastic Apple TV remote.
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Apple TVs are beautiful, and if you like the Siri remote, then they’re perfect. However, if you want a traditional remote that works seamlessly with your Apple TV, you want the Function101 Button Remote for Apple TV, available for just $29.95.

Function101 packed everything you’d expect from a traditional remote into its alternative Apple TV remote. Loaded with buttons, it’s made to smoothly navigate the Apple TV’s unique interface. Easy to use and easier to install, it gives you total control of your Apple TV in seconds — no voice or touch commands required.

Control Apple TV from Control Center on iPhone and iPad [Pro tip]


Control Apple TV with Control Center
Your iPhone or iPad can replace your Apple TV remote completely.
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Control Center Pro Tips WeekWe want to help you master Control Center, one of the most powerful and underutilized features on Apple devices. Cult of Mac’s Control Center Pro Tips series will show you how to make the most of this useful toolbox on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac.

Lost your Apple TV’s Siri Remote? Control your set-top box using Control Center on your iPhone or iPad instead. It’s super-simple to set up and you get all the buttons you need for complete control.

We’ll show you how to use it.

Next Apple TV remote might offer far more buttons


Expect a significant Apple TV hardware update in 2021.
There’s good news for those who don’t like the current Apple TV remote, shown here.
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There could soon be an alternative to the current, simple Apple TV remote. A schematic showing a rumored new version has leaked out, and it includes a wide array of buttons. It’s therefore likely to please those unhappy with the present version.