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Apple Needs to Hire This Guy to Fix the Apple TV UI

by Jacob Kleinman | December 20, 2014December 20, 2014 3:00 pm PDT

Apple TV is a great set-top box in its own right, but its clunky user interface could definitely use an upgrade. We’re sure Apple is hard at work on the next version of Apple TV software, but the company may want to take some advice from Radu Dutzan, a South American product designer who’s created a pretty impressive working prototype of his own.

The basic premise of Dutzan’s design is to make everything feel more like a modern touchscreen and less like a traditional remote control. He breaks navigation into three sections: a vertical list, horizontal scrolling and text search. There’s also a redesigned Apple TV remote with a big clickable touch pad that replaces the old click wheel.

The new Apple UI also borrows a few ideas from iOS, including edge-swipe navigation. For example, swiping up from the bottom of the touch pad during any video brings up a list of options similar to the Control Center on your mobile device. You can also delete text with a quick swipe from the right edge of the remote.

We seriously hope Apple takes Dutzan’s ideas into consideration. Otherwise some other company like Amazon or Google is likely to take this concept. For now, you can check out the video below, or hit the Github source link to try it out for yourself.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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