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Cool New Remote Control May Not Be What It Seems


If, like me, you’re waiting agog for the next streaming box from Apple, you’ll probably have focused on the remote control, which is cute and capable but sometimes fiddly to use.

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So, this week’s news of a new remote, complete with picture, may have raised an eyebrow. I touched upon it a few days ago when 9to5Mac reported on a mysterious new remote called Apple TV Remote instead of Siri Remote and codenamed B519.

However, the next day, there was an update. MacRumors reported on code in iOS 14.5 beta 6 which referred to a Center Button, something not found on the Siri Remote, so it must be a new version, right? Right.

But before you cheer, the plot thickens. Back at 9to5Mac (do keep up), alongside an image of the new remote, also drawn from the iOS beta, were details that the remote will have more buttons, including a navigation circle, as found on earlier remotes.

All sounds great, except it seems that these buttons, including rewind and fast-forward, were accompanied by a Guide button. This revealed, it seems, that the new remote is in fact something Apple is working on for cable company subscribers.

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So, no new Apple TV 4K with brand spanking new remote, then?

Well, maybe not. But all is not lost. This new remote sounds terrific, with the navigation ring I’m missing from the latest model but the Siri button on which I absolutely depend.

So, here’s the thing, Apple: please can you sell the new remote to people who don’t have cable subscriptions? Seriously, if it connects by Bluetooth like the current model but has the same cool aluminum casing of the earlier version, I’ll snap one up.

More details the very second the new remote is officially revealed.


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