Apple Releases tvOS 16.3.3 With Fix for Siri Remote on Latest Apple TV

Apple today released tvOS 16.3.3, a bug fix update for the tvOS 16 operating system that originally came out in September. Available for the Apple TV 4K and ‌Apple TV‌ HD, tvOS 16.3.3 comes almost a month after tvOS 16.3.2.

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The tvOS 16.3.3 update can be downloaded over the air through the Settings app on the ‌‌‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌‌‌ by going to System > Software Update. ‌‌‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌‌‌ owners who have automatic software updates turned on will be upgraded to ‌tvOS 16.3.3 automatically. Note that this update is only for the third-generation ‌Apple TV‌ 4K.

tvOS updates are usually minor in scale, focusing on internal bug fixes and improvements rather than notable outward-facing changes. According to Apple's release notes, this update fixes an issue that could cause the Siri Remote to not work with the third-generation ‌Apple TV‌ 4K.

This update fixes an issue where the Siri Remote can become unresponsive on Apple TV 4K (3rd generation).

Apple shares information on tvOS releases in its tvOS support document, which is updated after each tvOS launch.

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Top Rated Comments

_Spinn_ Avatar
18 months ago
Still wish I could update my Apple TV from the Home app on my iPhone.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mrj101 Avatar
18 months ago
They only took several months.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
crees! Avatar
18 months ago
Does it fix the issue where you lost your remote and need help finding it?
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Realityck Avatar
18 months ago


[HEADING=1]What's new in tvOS 16.3.3[/HEADING]
This update fixes an issue where the Siri Remote can become unresponsive on Apple TV 4K (3rd generation).
I hope it's finally fixed. It's been annoying as heck when it happens.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
smithrh Avatar
18 months ago

I've been experiencing an issue where the Siri Remote stops controlling the TV (volume and on/off functions) for some random interval. Power cycling the devices doesn't seem to do anything at all. And then... after a few days or even a couple of weeks, it just starts working again.

It's so weird and intermittent.

Hope this fix takes care of that too.
I started running into that issue maybe... 6 months ago (guessing but a reasonable estimate).

After much trial and tribulations, I found that the Siri Remote (the sliver one with black buttons) itself can be reset, and that has fixed the issue each time.

https://www.macrumors.com/how-to/restart-siri-remote-apple-tv-remote/
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dsf-oc Avatar
18 months ago

('https://www.macrumors.com/2023/03/06/apple-releases-tvos-16-3-3/')

Apple today released tvOS 16.3.3, a bug fix update for the tvOS 16 operating system that originally came out in September. Available for the Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD, tvOS 16.3.3 comes almost a month after tvOS 16.3.2 ('https://www.macrumors.com/2023/02/13/apple-releases-tvos-16-3-2/').



The tvOS 16.3.3 update can be downloaded over the air through the Settings app on the ‌‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌‌ by going to System > Software Update. ‌‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌‌ owners who have automatic software updates turned on will be upgraded to ‌tvOS 16.3.3 automatically. Note that this update is only for the third-generation Apple TV 4K.

tvOS updates are usually minor in scale, focusing on internal bug fixes and improvements rather than notable outward-facing changes. According to Apple's release notes, this update fixes an issue that could cause the Siri Remote to not work with the third-generation Apple TV 4K.

Apple shares information on tvOS releases in its tvOS support document ('https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207936'), which is updated after each tvOS launch.

Article Link: Apple Releases tvOS 16.3.3 With Fix for Siri Remote on Latest Apple TV ('https://www.macrumors.com/2023/03/06/apple-releases-tvos-16-3-3/')
**Finally**. I have repair replaced two units so far with no luck. Each time they say, “just bring it back if it doesn’t work”. So frustrating. Happy to (hopefully) have a fix!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)