“Lately I’ve found myself gravitating away from using the Apple TV to watch content, and it’s due entirely to the device’s user interface: Apps get higher billing than they deserve,” Dave Hamilton writes for The Mac Observer.
“On the iPhone it makes sense that the user interface has all your applications front-and-center. There are so many different things you can do with an iPhone that it’s smart to start with the app that will get the job done,” Hamilton writes. “On the Apple TV, though, that makes a lot less sense. The vast majority of user interaction with the Apple TV is focused on consuming content. A distant second to that would be playing games. Even further down the line would be using utilities like speed tests and such.”
Hamilton writes, “Why, then, does my speed test app get equal billing to Netflix?”
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MacDailyNews Take: Something akin to the solution Hamilton describes reportedly has been in the works at Apple for quite some time now. Hopefully, it see the light of day sooner than later. Until then, give your most-used apps top billing:
Rearrange apps. Using the Touch surface on the Siri Remote, highlight an app, then press and hold until the app starts to jiggle. Swipe to move the app to a new location, then press the Touch surface again to save the new arrangement.
Pick your top-row apps. Move your favorite apps to the top row of the Home screen. You may get additional options and shortcuts when you highlight them.
Create folders for apps. Using the Touch surface on the Siri Remote, highlight an app, then press and hold until the app starts to jiggle. Drag the app over another app until a folder appears, then release. Press the Touch surface again to save the new arrangement. Note: When you first create a folder, Apple TV chooses a name for the folder based on its contents. To customize the folder name, open the folder, swipe up to the name, and use the onscreen keyboard or dictation to rename the folder.
Move apps into folders. Using the Touch surface on the Siri Remote, highlight an app, then press and hold until the app starts to jiggle. Drag the app over a folder, then release. Press the Touch surface again to save the new arrangement.
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