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Apple is reportedly developing a new Apple TV remote control



Illustration for the article titled Looks like Apple TV's Remote Haters

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To say that the Apple TV remote control is polarizing is an understatement. On the one hand, you have stops that claim this is best streaming remote control ever made. On the other hand, the haters state the remote control’s trackpad and general user interface as one unforgivable offend for gadget design. Men, pr 9 to 5 Mac, Apple is currently working on updating the much-damaged remote control for the rumored next-generation Apple TV.

To be fair, it is unclear what these updates will be. The report from 9to5 Mac does not cite named Apple sources, but the most specific detail is that the new remote control has the internal code name B519. The current remote control is internally known as the B439, so the higher number may indicate that Apple has done some significant tinkering. MacRumors has too reported last week that in tvOS 14.5 beta, Apple changed the name from “Siri Remote” to “Apple TV remote.” Beta also renames “Home Button” to “TV Button.” These are small changes for sure, but combined with the 9to5 Mac report, it strongly suggests that we see a new remote control when Apple decides to launch the new Apple TV. (There were rumors of a March event, but it now seems more likely in April.)

Nok and Bloomberg report from September also offers some clues. In it, Apple forecaster Mark Gurman noted that the new Apple TV will have a faster processor for gaming and that the “upgraded” remote control may have a feature similar to Find My iPhone. Which, if you’ve ever had an Apple TV remote control, you know how easy it is to get lost between the sofa cushions. That alone would be a useful update.

As someone who has a love-hate relationship with my Apple TV remote, it has been a redesign long come. While I admit adjusting the touchpad sensitivity helped, 9 out of 10 times I pick up the remote control incorrectly due to the symmetrical design. I would not complain if the company also got rid of the glass, so I do not panic every time I drop it on a hard surface. And while the Apple TV remote has never been particularly good, reports of a “significant” upgrade at least Some hope that Apple listened to the feedback.

Unfortunately, this is also Apple. Although the upgraded remote is the best thing to stream, it will probably also cost about $ 10,000 to replace. Given Apple’s track record, there’s also a decent chance that it’s going to be nice to look at, but not exactly solid. Meaning, you will probably still panic every time you do not find it or drop it. But hey, you can not win them all.


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