iOS 16 contains code-level references to what appears to be a new and unreleased version of the Siri Remote for the Apple TV.
The first two betas of iOS 16 contain strings for “SiriRemote4” and “WirelessRemoteFirmware.4” that don’t match an existing Siri Remote, according to Aaronp613an employee 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, “SiriRemote3 “is. This raises 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 potential design or functions of the remote at this time. The code findings also don’t guarantee Apple will move forward with releasing a new remote.
Last month, noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said a new Apple TV would be launched in the second half of 2022 with an improved cost structure, suggesting it could be priced lower than the existing Apple TV 4K, which starts at $ 179 in the United States. Kuo didn’t provide any additional details, so it’s unclear if the new Siri Remote could be for a new cheaper Apple TV later this year, but it’s certainly a possibility.
The latest Apple TV model was released in April 2021 with a new Siri Remote that has a more practical design than the previous remote. A new tvOS 16 update for the Apple TV is currently in beta and is expected to be released around September.
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