Siri Remote Sale

The new Apple TV went on sale today, and Apple is pushing several accessories to go along with the launch. We outlined some of the more interesting accessories in this post, but I wanted to talk a bit more about the Siri Remote.

The Siri Remote is, of course, bundled with all new Apple TVs. When you buy a new Apple TV, you get everything that you need to get started in the box.

Yet, Apple is selling the Siri Remote as a separate purchase as well.

This intrigued me for several reasons—first, the Siri Remote is actually more expensive than a base configuration Apple TV itself. The Siri remote is $79. The new Apple TV with 32GB of storage is $149 and includes a Siri Remote. Simple math says that without the Siri Remote, the new Apple TV is $70. Obviously, the pricing semantics aren’t that simple, but you get what I’m trying to say here.

But far more important than price, is the fact that you cannot connect more than one Siri Remote at a time. That’s right, only one Siri Remote may be connected to an Apple TV at any given time. That means no multiplayer games using multiple Siri Remotes, or anything else of the sort. For this reason, you should skip the extra Siri Remote purchase at this time.

Siri Remote Disclaimer

Apple’s Siri Remote disclaimer

But what if you really are interested in multiplayer gaming? In that case, you can use an iPhone or an iPod touch as an input option. If you’re looking for traditional tactile feedback, you can opt for something like a SteelSeries Nimbus, or any other compatible wireless Bluetooth controller.

There are valid reasons for buying an extra Siri Remote, and as such, Apple is putting them on sale. What if you break your Siri Remote, or what if you lose your Siri Remote? Well, instead of having to drop the full $149 to score an extra one, you can pay $79 instead.

That’s the reason that these Siri Remotes are being sold separately. I did find it weird, however, that Apple recommend the remote to me during the checkout process. Though, it appears that its no longer doing that. The recommendation could have easily confused those not in the know, and made them assume that multiple Siri Remotes could be used Wii-style.

  • Chris Wagers

    Thanks! I would have thought as you said others might that it could be used with multiple remotes Wii style.

  • Merman123

    It’s more than half the price of what the base model cost. What the?

    • Cause it’s hardly an upgrade, just a built in App Store. Otherwise you’ll notice no difference.

      • Buck

        I’m going to buy one just to check it out but I feel basically the same way… The existing Apple TV already had an A5 processor. Pretty sure A5 devices could run streaming TV apps just fine.

      • Micrones

        But the TVos will only run on the newly released ATV5,which will be the OS for installing apps

      • Buck

        Right.

        But what I’m saying is I don’t see why they couldn’t add streaming apps to the existing hardware.

        (I know the answer – they want to sell new devices)

      • Sure took them long enough to not even come out with a current tech device. No 4k in 2015?! That’s downright pathetic!

    • mrgerbik

      This surprises you? Where are you from?
      It’s Apple…

  • Rob

    Or to make people believe it was an accessory and was not included.

  • Buck

    After I have my Harmony remote synced up I may just sell mine if it’s going to cost that much.

    Some of these Apple prices are just getting wild.

  • I can’t believe Apple’s market surveys indicate a market for this product. Apple fans are a strange bunch.

    • cheesyme

      The same things were said after the launch of the iphone and the ipad…

    • Yeah I tend to agree with you on that.

  • Husam Hamed

    Question: Will the remote work with my mac? I used to use my apple remote all the time for movies and music until I upgraded my mac and found that new macs don’t have IR anymore..
    Using my phone as a remote all the time is a pain in the ass!

  • Eikast

    That’s just too expensive. As PS4 controller cost $60 brand new and offers way more than the Apple Remote. The Apple Remote should cost at maximum $50.

    • ravinigga

      I know but ps4 has not build in mic and the touchpad on ps controller is very very limited

      • Eikast

        A built in microphone is cheap. It has an included speaker, and a headphone jack that supports microphones. Hell, the Nvidia Shield remote which is vastly superior to the Apple Remote is only $49.99. No need to defend Apple’s tax. They’re charging $12 for a lanyard for a remote, that should be included with the remote.

      • ravinigga

        I’m not defending apple I know is apple price.
        Is every company add their special brand price.

      • Niclas

        I agree that it is too expensive, but a good mic is actually not cheap…

    • n0ahcruz3

      “Apple Tax”

  • White Michael Jackson

    Is the siri remote capitable with the older apple tvs? Why would you need to buy it separately?

    • Merman123

      If it’s ever lost or broken.

  • iPhoneWINS

    lol apple loves to drop the damn ball on basic features.. so this thing has game but can only use one controller?lol what a damn mess.. in 2015 lol

  • James Macey

    It’s because in some countries, a “new Apple TV Remote” is included instead of a Siri remote – the ATV remote is the same as the Siri remote except it can’t do Siri.

    When Siri becomes available in these countries, people will need a new remote.

    • Pako Saint

      Exactly. But the craziest thing is that in these countries, the price for the new Apple TV is exactly the same as the Apple TV with Siri Remote in countries that support it. So customers outside of these countries are kinda screwed on this deal.

    • Amadeus Henskens

      I think you’re not right. I have seen a Dutch article talking about activating the English siri. It was possible to start siri with the remote that was shipped with the apple tv. I think it’s the same remote but with a different name.

  • The Siri Remote works well with the XCode Simulator minus GCController support (which I have a radar out on). I don’t see any extra use for an extra Siri remote. The AppleTV only works with one and it doesn’t work with any other device.