Apple released updates for the Apple TV and iPhone Remote app yesterday that replaces traditional controls with finger gesture controls, letting you run everything on the set-top box from your iPhone or iPod touch. The Apple Blog has the full story, but here are a few of the additions:
- Flick or drag and hold to move the on-screen selection. Tap to select.
- Tap to Play or Pause.
- Flick left or right, or drag and hold to rewind or fast-forward.
- Flick down to show chapter markers, then flick left or right to skip.
- Drag two fingers left for replay.
The Apple Blog wonders whether these updates may be signs of new life for the Apple TV, which has been a bit of a red-headed stepchild in Cupertino, where it is repeatedly called a “hobby.”
Taking advantage of the iPhone’s touch capabilities as a remote is part of an overall television industry trend towards gesture controls instead of traditional buttons.