iOS 16 includes code-level references to what appears to be a new and unreleased version of Siri Remote for Apple TV.

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The first two beta versions of iOS 16 include “SiriRemote4” and “WirelessRemoteFirmware.4” strings that do not match any existing Siri Remote, according to Aaronp613a contributor to AppleDBan online database of Apple software and devices.

Aaron said the original Siri Remote is identified as “SiriRemote”, while a revised version of that remote control with a white circle around the “Menu” button is “SiriRemote2”, and the silver Siri Remote released last year is “SiriRemote3.” This leads to the possibility that “SiriRemote4” is an upcoming remote control for Apple TV.

No further details about “SiriRemote4” are mentioned in the code, so nothing is known about the potential design or features of the remote control at present. The code findings also do not guarantee that Apple will go ahead with releasing a new remote control.

Last month, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said one new Apple TV will be launched in the second half of 2022 with an improved cost structure, suggesting that it may have a lower price than the existing Apple TV 4K, which starts at $ 179 in the US. Kuo left no further details, so it’s unclear if the new Siri Remote could be for a new cheaper Apple TV later this year, but it really is a possibility.

The latest Apple TV model was released in April 2021 with a new Siri Remote that has a more practical design than the previous remote control. A new tvOS 16 update for Apple TV is currently in beta and is expected to be released around September.

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