What you need to know
- Apple has released a new firmware update for the Siri Remote.
- The firmware has been updated from version 9M6772 to version 10M1103.
- The Siri Remote is the one released in 2021 alongside the new Apple TV 4K.
Apple has released a remote update for a remote.
Today, the company is rolling out a new firmware update for the Siri Remote. The build number for today's release is 10M1103. The previous firmware was version 9M6772.
As usual, it's unclear exactly what the new firmware version is for. Apple does not currently provide release notes for a firmware release like it does for its operating system updates, so we'll have to wait and see if there are any noticeable differences between the previous release and this one. Firmware updates, while sometimes containing more notable features, are commonly also used for the occasional round of bug fixes and performance improvements.
Best of all, you don't have to do anything to get the remote updated. As long as it has a charge and is close to your Apple TV, your remote will get a...remote update automatically.
The new Siri Remote was released alongside the 2021 Apple TV 4K. It was also added as the default remote for the Apple TV HD and sold separately for those looking to upgrade their remote without having to buy a new Apple TV.
Apple is running a pretty solid gift card promotion for the Apple TV right now. In addition, it's likely to be included among all of the other Apple deals for Prime Day 2022. The company is almost certainly clearing the decks for a rumored new Apple TV (2022) which could debut later this year. Rumors suggest it could include a new processor and RAM upgrades to make it more capable when it comes to gaming. Ming-Chi Kuo reports that Apple is also planning a new device to improve the cost structure of the lineup, possibly indicating more than one model is on the way.
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While there is no "official" way to update, I've found with the remote, as well as AirPods and the MagSafe "puck" chargers, the easiest and fastest way is to plug the device into my MacBook and wait a few minutes (specifically this works for the AirPods and MagSafe chargers). For the Siri remote the TV is what generates the update and pushes it to the remote. So the best way to do the remote is to connect it to power (doesn't have to be the MacBook) and then go into the Apple TV settings -> system -> "restart." Once the TV restarts, press a button on the remote while leaving it connected to power. Now the TV will recognize it, see it's charging, check for and start the download. You'll know when it's finished because the "Remote Charging" notification will pop up again on the TV screen. I like to check before I begin the process by going into the remote settings and looking at the version and then again after to confirm. The new Firmware Version is 0x0070, up from 0x0061
It seems like this update has broken the Tv volume control functionality on the remote. Started a couple days ago and I’ve tried rebooting the AppleTV, the TV itself, and tried reprogramming the remote for the TV
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