We’ve been hearing rumors about the next generation Apple TV for a while now, but we do not know when the company plans to announce it. Now 9to5Mac has learned that Apple is developing a new remote control for Apple TV, which confirms some previous rumors about Apple updating Siri Remote.
Details about this new Apple TV Remote are still unknown, however 9to5Mac Sources have told us that this model is being developed under the code name “B519”, which is quite different from the code name of the current Siri Remote – internally identified as “B439.”
When Apple introduced the Apple TV 4K in 2017, the Siri Remote had a small change with a white ring around the menu button, which led to it being identified as a new model. However, since the new remote control has an internal model number far above the current version, we believe that the changes will be more significant.
Siri Remote has always been a controversial accessory among Apple TV users. While some people love it, there are a significant number of users who hate it for not having physical navigation buttons or for having a glass surface, which makes it extremely fragile. With a new Apple TV model on the way, this could be the perfect opportunity for Apple to create an improved remote control.
Last week, MacRumors discovered that Apple has removed the mention of the name “Siri Remote” from tvOS 14.5 beta, which is now called “Apple TV Remote.” This name was already used in some regions, but is now a standard for all users – which also suggests an upcoming change of accessories.
Back in August 2020, Bloomberg reported that Apple is working on a new Apple TV with a faster chip and an “updated remote control” that will work with the Find My App. Bloomberg repeated this rumor with new sources in December last year and said that the new Apple TV with the updated remote control will come in 2021.
Before, 9to5Mac found references to a new Apple TV model in the code for tvOS 13. The codes we had access to also reveal that the next generation Apple TV will have a more powerful processor based on the arm64e architecture, which can be the A12 chip or newer.
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