The primary input method for Apple TV is the Siri Remote. The remote, coupled with the focus experience, connects people to the TV from across the living room.
Using a few core gestures, people can navigate tvOS apps, browse channels (also called zapping), play and pause content, and make selections. The best tvOS apps echo the simplicity of the remote by providing a simple, streamlined user interface and user experience.
Don't redefine or repurpose standard tvOS gestures. Unless your app is a game in active gameplay, redefining the meaning of standard gestures leads to confusion and complexity. People are familiar with the standard gestures and don’t appreciate being forced to learn different ways to do the same thing.
The remote’s touch surface detects a variety of intuitive, single-finger gestures. To build a physical sense of connection with your content, use these gestures as defined below.
Swiping lets people scroll effortlessly through large numbers of items with movement that starts fast and then slows down, based on the strength of the swipe. When people swipe up or down on the edge of the remote, they can speed through items very quickly.
Certain swipes can also produce specific results:
- Up from the bottom reveals a content footer
- With no initial click, right or left from the edge changes channels
- After an initial click, right or left from the edge moves the system-provided scrubber to a playback location
- Down from the top reveals the system Info Panel