By Sébastien Page on Dec 13, 2016
Starting with the release of tvOS 10.1 and the launch of the new TV app for Apple TV, the behavior of the Home button (the one looking like a TV icon) has changed. Prior to this update, pressing the Home button would take you back to the main Home screen. But after the tvOS 10.1 update, pressing the Home button takes you to the new TV app.
This can bring some confusion or downright frustration, especially if you’re not planning on using the new TV app. Fortunately, as someone pointed out to me, there is an easy way to remap the Home button so it takes you to the main screen again instead of launching the TV app. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 3, 2016
A software replacement for the physical remote that came in the box with your fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple’s entirely overhauled Remote application provides you with the full range of Siri Remote features complete with touch navigation, tilt-based control in games and voice input via Siri.
And in making tedious text entry on tvOS even easier than before, the new app lets you summon the keyboard right from the Lock screen of your iPhone by pressing a notification that automatically gets pushed every time you select a text field on the Apple TV. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 17, 2016
One of the nice luxury features that Apple includes with its premium Keynote presentation software is the ability to use the mobile app on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad as a remote for giving presentations from Keynote on your Mac.
It’s a great tool for educators and students to use in the classroom, but such abilities also work great in various work environments unrelated to educational institutions, such as business meetings at work.
In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use Apple’s mobile Keynote app as a remote for controlling a presentation from Keynote on your Mac. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 14, 2016
Apple has dropped the requirement for tvOS games to use the Siri Remote, according to a refreshed version of the official Game Controller Programming Guide. With this change in place, games for the fourth-generation Apple TV are now permitted to require a ‘Made for iOS’ (MFi) controller without needing to also support the Siri Remote. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 13, 2016
You wanted a new Remote app for iOS? You got it. At its WWDC keynote today, Apple introduced a completely rebuilt app for controlling your Apple TV. It has essentially the same features as the physical Siri remote that comes with the fourth generation ATV. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 9, 2016
CiderTV, a software-based alternative for your Apple TV Remote, includes a built-in keyboard and has the ability to control linked Smart TV volume. As of recently, the app comes with a handy widget that makes it possible to control most of the functions of your Apple TV right from the Notification Center. It will save you a lot of time, here’s how to get started with CiderTV and set up the widget. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 7, 2016
There is a ton of VNC software options out there, but Screens by Edovia has by far been my favorite for a number of years because it looks and feels like software Apple could have created themselves.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how you can use the Screens app from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, in combination with Edovia’s free Screens Connect software for Mac, to access your Mac remotely. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on May 14, 2016
You’re probably familiar with Apple’s Remote app for iOS devices, which allows you to control your iTunes playback on your Mac from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad so long as you’re on the same network.
On the other hand, when I think of the word “remote,” I think of much more than just controlling music.
It would seem that the makers of the popular Mobile Mouse Remote app for iOS thought the same, and in this piece, we’ll talk about how the app works to make your iOS device a superior remote for your Mac. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2016
tvOS 9.2, a new update for the operating system which powers the fourth-generation Apple TV, is now available for public consumption. The new firmware, released alongside iOS 9.3, OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 and watchOS 2.2, is a very interesting update for the cool new features it brings to the table.
tvOS 9.2 enables several features missing from the initial tvOS release, including long-awaited support for wireless keyboards, dictation, Siri support for App Store searches, app folders on the Home screen, a revamped app switcher, Siri Remote improvements, support for Live Photos and iCloud Photo Library and more. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 8, 2016
The Siri Remote is capable of so much more than help you move around the Apple TV’s Home screen.
Its physical buttons, built-in sensors, mic and Bluetooth networking, along with programmable features accessible through the Settings app, let you control media playback with precision, converse with Siri, restart your set-top box, adjust your TV volume, launch and force-quit apps and much more.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn not only the basics of using the Siri Remote to navigate apps and settings on your Apple TV, but also the secrets to unlocking its full potential and use it in not-so-obvious ways. Read More