What you need to know
- 9to5Mac has obtained an image of the new remote for Apple TV.
- The new remote abandons the current design for a more traditional layout.
Update, March 31, 2021 (6:10 pm ET): 9to5Mac has backtracked their story, now saying that the image is of an alternative remote created with Universal Electronics for cable services.
We finally have a look at the new remote for Apple TV.
Obtained by 9to5Mac, the new remote is a big departure from the current Siri Remote, forgoing the touch surface and taking on a more traditional design with buttons galore. Whereas the old remote used the touch surface to accomplish most of its actions, the new remote has added a ton of buttons to make navigation and control much easier to understand.
It is currently unclear if Apple will discontinue the current Siri Remote in favor of this one or if customers will have the option to choose which one they want to use.
This image lines up with a report from earlier today that makes reference to the new remote.
Steve Moser, while digging through the code of the newly released tvOS 14.5 beta 6, noticed that Apple now makes reference to a "center button" on the Apple TV remote, which the current Siri Remote does not have.
While some have pointed out that the original Apple TV remote does have a center button, Moser makes a good point that it would be odd for Apple to update its code in order to bring clarity around a product that is almost a decade old.
And for those saying the old silver remote has a center button: true but when has Apple updated text in their OS for a *checks watch* NINE year old product? 🤔😂And for those saying the old silver remote has a center button: true but when has Apple updated text in their OS for a *checks watch* NINE year old product? 🤔😂— Steve Moser (@SteveMoser) March 31, 2021March 31, 2021
Now that we have an image of the new remote, it appears that the earlier hints were right all along.
Update, March 31 (6:10 pm ET) — 9to5Mac has backtracked their story, now saying that the image is of an alternative remote created with Universal Electronics for cable services.
9to5Mac is now backtracking on their exclusive story after Sigmund Judge pointed out the design was a stunning resemblance to an alternative Apple TV remote developed for OEMs.
Sorry but this is looking identical to the Universal Electronics remote for OEM's which has yet to see the light of day and has likely become the official remote for service providers using Apple TV as way of distributing their streaming services. pic.twitter.com/OZuyIqxRuPSorry but this is looking identical to the Universal Electronics remote for OEM's which has yet to see the light of day and has likely become the official remote for service providers using Apple TV as way of distributing their streaming services. pic.twitter.com/OZuyIqxRuP— Sigmund Judge (@sigjudge) March 31, 2021March 31, 2021
The oulet has updated their story to say that the remote is not a new Apple TV remote but the alternative one.
That remote was originally reported on back in November of 2020.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
Wonder if that center button/wheel is more like the old TV remote or the iPod click wheel.
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