The Siri Remote Still Charges Over Lightning
It’s clearer than ever that Apple’s move to USB-C on the iPad Pro is solely about embracing the needs of creative professionals, as it’s determined to stick with its Lightning connector everywhere else — even on those accessories that only need it for pure charging.
This is one area where the new Siri Remote hasn’t changed at all from its predecessor. While we’re not entirely surprised by the presence of the Lightning port — even Apple’s AirPods still use one — we had hoped that it would at least gain wireless charging.
To be fair, the Siri Remote doesn’t need to be charged all that often, but in some ways this makes the need for wired charging even worse. Dropping it on a wireless charging pad every so often would ensure it’s always topped up. Finding a Lightning cable every couple of months is actually a challenge in an era where almost all of Apple’s other Lightning-based devices now charge wirelessly. At least Apple is still including the cable, although you’ll have to supply your own USB adapter to charge it — the Apple TV 4K doesn’t have a USB port on the back.