Update: This seems to be an alternative Apple TV Remote that Apple worked with cable companies to make. As the report below explains, this remote control was designed for cable companies, hence the Guide button. It may not be sold directly by Apple, but was instead designed in collaboration between Apple and cable companies. It is distributed by Universal Electronics.
Rumors of a new Apple TV remote control have been around for a while now, and earlier today, more evidence was found that Apple is actually working on a new remote control for the digital box. 9to5Mac has now received an image from tvOS 1
As you can see in the highlighted image, this Remote option will be quite different from the Siri Remote, which is basically an ultra-thin remote control made of aluminum and glass with few buttons and a touchpad. Universal Remote will have several buttons, as well as a navigation wheel similar to the first Apple TV Remote.
For example, there are new buttons for channel jumping, muting the TV, opening the channel guide, and an on / off button. The new remote also looks much bigger than the Siri Remote included in today’s generations of Apple TV.
However, while this is definitely a new remote developed by Apple, it may not replace the Siri Remote. As indicated by iGenerationApple is reportedly working to offer a new Apple TV Remote for cable business customers. This may mean that Apple TV will still come with Siri Remote included in the box, but Apple will offer an alternative remote control for cable companies that sell Apple TV to customers.
Therefore, Apple has updated the tvOS 14.5 codes with references to a new remote control with a “middle button”. This new Universal Remote will probably be developed by Apple in collaboration with third parties and will be officially released in the coming weeks.
Unfortunately, this also puts the rumors about the next generation Apple TV on hold, since we thought that a new remote control would necessarily be related to a new Apple TV – which does not seem to be the case.
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