The Streamable: Apple TV creates a new Siri remote for iOS 16 beta testing

The Streamable: Apple TV creates a new Siri remote for iOS 16 beta testing

Tech Highlights:

  • Apple has had its top-of-the-line 4K model on sale off and on for months, indicating a need to make room for next-level merchandise. This coincides with the scuttlebutt that a new version of Apple TV will find its way onto store shelves by the end of 2022. The tech giant released information on the new tvOS 16 this spring, which promises to greatly expand the device’s capabilities; featuring cross capability between Apple’s cadre of devices and content sharing that may allow iPhones and iPads to act as secondary screens for video and gaming. An enhanced remote may play into that platform.

  • A close examination of the first tvOS 16 betas seems to point to the creation of a new Siri remote for Apple TV. According to @Aaronp613, a contributor at the Apple device database AppleDB, the strings relate to “SiriRemote4” and “WirelessRemoteFirmware.4”, notations that do not correspond with any existing Siri devices. Aaron continued by outlining earlier remotes that Apple had included with its products. Although “SiriRemote” stands for the first version, “SiriRemote2” designates the second version with a central circle around the menu button, and “SiriRemote3” stands for the silver version launched last year, none of them correspond with a “SiriRemote4” string. There is obviously enough evidence to suggest a more complex model is on the way, even though no additional references are uncovered to indicate any potential new features it may contain.

Perhaps most importantly, Apple may finally be integrating its “Find My Phone” style location technology, a feature sorely missed by consumers who must resort to using their phones as controls when the tiny silver remote gets buried beneath the couch cushions. The Streamable helps you find the best way to stream anything. Follow our daily streaming news, in-depth reviews on streaming services & devices, and use our tools to find where your favorite content is streaming.

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