The tvOS 14.5 beta released this morning contains a code change that references the Apple TV remote with a “center button”, which does not match the current “Apple TV” remote.
“Press the center button or touch the surface to continue,” read the tvOS 14.5 code, which is written by Mcrums Contributor Steve Moser (Steve Moser).
The remote controls of the fourth and fifth generation “Apple TV” models have a series of buttons arranged in two rows with no buttons in the middle.
There Yes The older “Apple Remote” with a center button is designed for the second and third generation AppleTV® models and is compatible with the current Apple TV models, so this may be what the code change refers to. But it may also refer to a new unreleased “Apple TV” remote with a code change.
The specific code found is in the “Settings” app, it makes more sense for the new remote control rather than the old one, but we are not sure if this is a reference to the new “Apple TV” remote control option. If it is really new, the upcoming Apple TV remote control may adopt a design similar to the remote application on the iPhone. This feature has a larger touch area, the main central menu button and the side buttons, which can be used to access Siri, the main Screen and search.
There are rumors that Apple is developing the sixth-generation “Apple TV”, which will be equipped with upgraded A-series chips and a modified remote control. We haven’t heard the details about the appearance of the remote control, but if the remote control is lost, it may have a “find me” function for positioning.
In an earlier Beta, Apple renamed “Siri Remote” to “Apple TV Remote”, which is another possible reference to the unreleased “Apple TV” remote option.
Update: The code may refer to a third-party “Apple TV” remote control being developed, which can be provided by Universal Electronics to cable, satellite and MVPD companies. This remote control also has a round button, and its image was found in Beta in the following ways: 9to5Mac.
It is very likely that in the near future, various cable suppliers will provide Universal Electronics remote control, they will provide it with “Apple TV”, just like the Salt Remote sold by Swisscom.