The TvOS 14.5 beta released this morning includes a code change that refers to an Apple TV remote control that has a “Center Button”, which is a description that does not fit the current Apple TV remote control.
“Press the center button or touchpad to continue,” reads the tvOS 14.5 code, which was discovered by MacRumors contributor Steve Moser.
The remote control for fourth and fifth generation Apple TV models has a series of buttons arranged in two rows, without a button in the middle.
There is an older “Apple Remote” with a center button designed for second and third generation Apple TV models and compatible with current Apple TV models, so it is possible that the code change refers to, but it may also refer to a new relApple TV remote control that has not been released.
The specific code found is in a “setup” app, which would make more sense for a new remote control instead of an older remote control, but we do not know for sure that this is a reference to a new “Apple TV” remote options. If this is really something new, the upcoming Apple TV remote may have a design similar to the external app on the iPhone, which has a large touch area, a main button on the menu button and side buttons for accessing Siri, play / pause, Home- screen, and search.
It is rumored that Apple is working on a sixth generation Apple TV that has an upgraded A-series chip and an updated remote control. We have not heard details about what the remote control might look like, but it may have a “Find My” feature for placement purposes when lost.
In a previous beta, Apple renamed “Siri Remote” to “Apple TV Remote”, which is another possible reference to an unreleased Apple TV external option.
Update: The code may refer to a third party Apple TV remote control that is under development and that can be offered by Universal Electronics to cable, satellite and MVPD companies. This remote also has a circular button, and a picture of it was found in beta of 9to5Mac.
It is possible that the Universal Electronics remote control will soon be available from various cable providers who will offer it together with “Apple TV”, much like the Salt Remote sold by a Swiss telecommunications company.