But $159 for a keyboard cover seems a bit too much — you can buy an iPad 2017 for the price of two iPad Pro 12.9-inch Smart Keyboards. And unlike Microsoft’s Type Cover for Surface Pros, Apple’s Smart Keyboard neither has a trackpad nor backlit keys. Unfortunately, the 3rd party market for Smart Connector accessories has remained slim even after two years of its introduction.
Apple radically changed how the Apple TV is used with the 4th generation of the product, thanks to the introduction of Siri Remote. Unlike the spartan button remote that came before, the Siri Remote is vastly different. First, there’s a clickable touchpad that makes scrolling through the interface easier than repeatedly pressing buttons on a D-pad. Next, as the name suggests, it’s got two microphones to speak to Siri and fill text fields with your voice. Moving on, the Siri Remote also packs an accelerometer and three-axis gyroscope to detect motion; these sensors are used mostly for gaming. Lastly, there’s also an IR blaster on top that helps control your TV volume, eliminating the need to keep your TV remote nearby (now that’s how it’s done, Amazon Fire TV Stick!).
So, is the Siri Remote absurdly priced? Well, considering all that functionality packed in, the 59 dollar price tag doesn’t seem like a big ask. But when you realise it costs a third of the Apple TVs it comes bundled with, you will quickly realise how valuable this tiny remote is. And it’s important that users of the Apple TV remember this, because the Siri Remote can easily slip out of your hand, or get lost. And if you lose this thing, you’re either spending $59 to get another one, or using an iPhone, which has a virtual Apple TV remote in iOS 11.
When Apple removed the 3.5mm jack from its iPhone 7 last year, it started bundling a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter in the box. This move was to ease transitioning to the wireless future Apple wants to create. In another bold move, Apple knocked off the still-widely-used USB-A port on its 12-inch MacBook and new MacBook Pro laptops, replacing them with futuristic USB-C ports. It’s really crappy that $649 iPhones have these adapters in the box, but MacBooks that cost upwards of a thousand dollars (even a couple of thousand dollars) don’t get a USB-C to USB-A dongle, to ease their transition into the future of computing.
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