“To me, the new software keyboard in tvOS is absolutely the biggest pain point and a major step back from the old password-entry grid on previous Apple TV models,” Christian Zibreg reports for iDownloadBlog.
“As ridiculous as it sounds, Apple has opted to put all the characters in a single line, two-row layout,” Zibreg reports. “This isn’t just odd from a user experience standpoint, the new keyboard design in tvOS is a lot slower and clunkier to maneuver than the previous grid-style one.”
“And with the amount of passwords needing entering in third-party video apps, it’s especially annoying and cumbersome,” Zibreg reports. “But as it turns out, there’s a way to bring back the old password-entry grid to speed up typing those passwords.”
How to bring back old password-entry grid on fourth-generation Apple TV here.
MacDailyNews Take: Salvation!
There are no two ways about it, Apple should have had the Remote app ready for Apple TV at launch. They could have avoided this thread of bad press that runs through reviews of the new Apple TV and the Siri Remote with a weekend’s worth of coding. The inexplicable absence of a working Remote app for Apple TV 4 is all the more galling because controlling our previous Apple TV units with Apple’s Remote app on our iPhones, iPads, and most especially on Apple Watches is so sublime!
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “GlassHollow” for the heads up.]