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At long last, the new Apple TV will allow users to download apps from a dedicated App Store and—yes—games! But the Apple TV’s sleek new Siri Remote has the Wiimote problem: it can smash your TV.

So what do you do if you’re afraid of accidentally flinging the Siri Remote into your big screen TV when playing games like Beat Sports, which requires you to swing the remote? Get Apple’s Remote Loop which, somewhat unbelievably, isn’t bundled with the new set-top box—it’s an accessory sold separately.

“In case the action gets too exciting (and it will), there’s a Remote Loop, sold separately, to keep your remote tethered during gameplay,” reads the official Apple TV webpage.

The wrist strap connects into the Siri Remote’s Lightning connector.

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It’s also one way to keep the Siri Remote out of the couch for sure.

The company has yet to list the price of the Remote Loop on its webstore. Given the company’s overpriced Lightning cables and such, I’d willing to bet that it’s going to cost at least $10 or $20 a pop.

Be that as it may, I’m not sure Apple’s made a smart choice here.

I mean, just ask Nintendo.

A few years back, the Japanese gaming giant ran into quite a PR crisis as angered players would post YouTube videos showing them accidentally throwing their Wii Remote in the middle of the action, smashing their precious HDTV sets..

Nintendo responded by bundling a safety strap with the Wii Remote and event sent them free of charge to those who had already purchased the console.

Apple should have learned from Nintendo’s example and just bundled the Remote Loop, which is compatible only with the Siri Remote anyway, with the Apple TV but they didn’t.

Or maybe Apple’s realized that owners of the new Apple TV are going to have the exact same problem so they purposefully decided not to bundle the Remote Loop with the set-top box in order to profit from your fear of smashing your expensive TV set?

Time will tell if this inexplicable decision will backfire.

Source: Apple

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  • Christopher

    Like they can’t just include one strap in the box lol

  • Merman123

    I love Apple, but this is pretty douchey.

  • thunderqus

    I am now missing S Jobs…

  • Micrones

    Apple takes nickel and diming to a whole new level, a simple strap that should come standard is being sold separately…
    Lets see how people defend this…… as there is nothing innovative about a simple strap that should be free considering the TV will be sold for a minimum of $149 and that straps costs less than $0.50.

    • Merman123

      At the volume that Apple produces, waaaay less than $0.50.

    • Kurt

      Will Tim Cook come out and tell us our TVs broke because we are just holding it wrong? Probably.

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  • Julio M.

    Plot Twist: They’re $30 a pop….

    • nyangejr

      Pre-orders are full

      • rockdude094

        Box sold separately

      • Jonathan

        And power cable.

      • mrgerbik

        and damn its such a gorgeous box!!!

  • askep3

    Even though not everyone is going to game on their Apple TV, they should have included it just for the sake of people’s opinion of them, now people are going to laugh at their decision, and call them cheap.

    • Dan

      That ship has already sailed.

  • askep3

    Watch it cost $30 lol

    • Vince Reedy

      Just wait for a better knock off that cost $3

      • askep3

        True, I want to know if it works with normal iOS devices tho, lol I can give my iPhone a tail

      • Jon20

        Or just tie a lightning cable around your wrist and plug it in the remote. BOOOM!!!
        Now that’s a smart strap!!! Lol.

      • Kurt

        Will we see this on the RussianHacker channel?

      • Kurt

        I bet you’ll get a knock off that is only 1 dollar, with free shipping like some charging cables out there.

  • Chuck Finley

    >Somewhat unbelievably

    It’s Apple, they’d sell you the power cables separately if there wouldn’t be a massive uproar.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Or swap it over from your wii remote.

    • Vince Reedy

      Or don’t eat fried chicken and then fling a remote towards your TV

  • MrJohnBlaze

    spending $149 or $199 & they cant even include the strap even the Ipod’s included the lanyard

  • Dan

    lol, the first thing I thought of was Nintendo. Nice catch.

    • Kurt

      Samsung would include it in the box. Apple? nope

  • Eikast

    I can’t believe it. The strap cost them cents to make and they don’t include it. This will end badly for Apple.

    • Alexander Sundiev

      Yeah, Apple in such trouble lol… oops, the stock is actually rising

  • If people are that out of control of their own body they deserve to break their TV. Maybe it will get them outside. Don’t let go of the remote. Squeeze with your hand.

    • Micrones

      You are so smart Einstein… isnt it…. Justifying everything….
      Well we might as well have no safety features in cars, because we must all be careful as drivers

      • Yes, this is just like driving at highway speeds in 2000 lbs of metal.

      • Kurt

        Apple can do no wrong. Remember YOUR just holding it wrong. Its YOUR fault.

  • Josue Feliciano

    You don’t understand. These are not just straps, they are an extension of who you are. We are teaming with Prada and Gucci to produce custom wrist experiences with Corinthian leather, or you can get the Apple Strap Edition made from the supple skin of baby seals.

    • Merman123

      Unapologetically soft.

  • Micrones

    You nailed it….LOL, Just as John Ive will state it

  • Cody Cutrer

    I also worry that the strap would do any good. Lightning ports are designed to be easy to insert _and remove_ the connector.

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  • @dongiuj

    It’s not unbelievable in the slightest. We’re talking about a big corporate business here that milks as much from its consumers as possible.

  • Cesar D

    I’ll just wait for the 10$ chinese version 😀

  • Carlos B

    This is no different than the Apple Pencil not being included with the iPad Pro, or iPhones coming without a case. I don’t see the reason for a strap, I would never use it because I’m too careful. For others that plan to use it for kids or to play games will opt into buying the strap, but it’s not a necessity and the majority of people probably wouldn’t use it. If this was a gaming system it didn’t include a strap I’d be pretty surprised, but it’s not, it’s a TV system.

  • @sexyhamthing

    It is apple?