New Siri Remote for Apple TV Seemingly Referenced in iOS 16 Beta

iOS 16 includes code-level references to what appears to be a new and unreleased version of the Siri Remote for the Apple TV.

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The first two betas of iOS 16 include strings for "SiriRemote4" and "WirelessRemoteFirmware.4" that do not correspond with any existing Siri Remote, according to Aaronp613, a contributor at AppleDB, an online database of Apple software and devices.

Aaron said the original Siri Remote is identified as "SiriRemote," while a revised version of that remote with a white circle around the "Menu" button is "SiriRemote2," and the silver Siri Remote released last year is "SiriRemote3." This leads to the possibility that "SiriRemote4" is an upcoming remote for the Apple TV.

No additional details about "SiriRemote4" are mentioned in the code, so nothing is known about the remote's potential design or features at this time. The code findings also do not guarantee that Apple will move forward with releasing a new remote.

Last month, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said a new Apple TV would launch in the second half of 2022 with an improved cost structure, suggesting that it could have a lower price than the existing Apple TV 4K, which starts at $179 in the United States. Kuo did not provide any additional details, so it is unclear if the new Siri Remote could be for a new lower-cost Apple TV later this year, but it is certainly a possibility.

The latest Apple TV model was released in April 2021 with a new Siri Remote that features a more practical design than the previous remote. A new tvOS 16 update for the Apple TV is currently in beta and expected to be released around September.

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Top Rated Comments

TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
8 months ago
Can we have a new Siri Remote with Air tags embedded in them. I'm tired of losing mine around the house.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NT1440 Avatar
8 months ago

Another remote? How much is a remote worth in materials that it affects an entire product? I mean, I know it can, but that much?
I’m hoping it’s the same as the last one but just with FindMy capability. I’ve been very happy with the latest one.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
turbineseaplane Avatar
8 months ago
Quieter button clicks please!
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mcsnee Avatar
8 months ago
The previous remote required a lot of user interaction to lose it between cushions or under the couch. The new one will improve that user experience by coming out of the box already lost.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MTD's Mac Avatar
8 months ago
Yeah this makes sense. A lower cost remote would be a necessity for a dongle or low priced TV. The current Siri remote goes for $59. Competitive dongles cost $100 or less.

This also means that about a third of the price of an Apple TV 4K is the remote itself…
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ciaoiphone4 Avatar
8 months ago
I hope in the come back of accelerometer and gyroscope!
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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