The iOS 16 code includes references to what appears to be an unreleased new version of the Siri Remote for the Apple TV.
The first two betas of iOS 16 contain strings for “SiriRemote4” and “WirelessRemoteFirmware.4” that don’t match any existing Siri Remote, according to Aaronp613 which contributes to an online database of Apple software and devices according to our friends at MacRumors.
Is this the Apple TV 2022?
Here is what Aaron said:
The original Siri Remote is identified as “SiriRemote”, while a revised version of this remote with a white circle around the “Menu” button is “SiriRemote2”, and the silver Siri Remote released last year is “SiriRemote3”. It is therefore possible that “SiriRemote4” is an upcoming remote control for the Apple TV.
No additional details about this mysterious “SiriRemote4” have been shared, nor the design or potential features. Finding the code also does not guarantee that Apple will go ahead with releasing a new remote.
Last month, famed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said a new Apple TV would be launched in the second half of 2022 with cost-optimized components, suggesting it might come at a lower price than the Apple TV. existing 4K. This starts at 199 euros and dates from 2021 with support for HDMI 2.1. The 2021 Apple TV 4K has come out with a new Siri Remote that features a more convenient design than the previous one.
Recall that tvOS 16 for Apple TV HD and 4K is currently in beta and should be released in final version around September.