It looks like we may soon be able to order a new remote for the popular Apple TV media player. At least, if we are to believe recently discovered information from the beta of tvOS 16. tvOS is the operating system that runs on Apple’s media box, for which minor updates are regularly released.
The second developer beta of iOS 16 lists references as SiriRemote4 and WirelessRemoteFirmware.4. These are terms that do not currently refer to the current Siri remote for the Apple TV. The AppleDB website therefore believes that we are dealing with a new Siri Remote.
Apple TV gets new remote?
It is not very strange that the website thinks SiriRemote4 refers to a new Siri remote control. The website argues that Apple has used that term more often for remote controls in the past. For example, the company used SiriRemote as the pointer for the first remote control for the media player.
Not surprisingly, Apple used SiriRemote2 and SiriRemote3 for the later versions. SiriRemote3 is the Apple TV remote you see in the image above. This is the silver-colored variant that the company supplies with the 4K model of the popular media player. This model appeared last year.
What does the new remote control offer?
SiriRemote4 could just be a new remote control. Unfortunately, the code in which the term is found does not contain any references to new options or functions. So we don’t know exactly what the remote has to offer us yet, but perhaps a more advanced model is on the way.
The current 4K model of the Apple TV has also been on sale more often lately. This is usually a writing on the wall: does Apple want to make room for a new media player? That is still speculation. But if the past teaches us anything, it’s that Apple often wants to use up its current stock before anything new hits the market.
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