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

The first two beta versions of iOS 16 include strings for “SiriRemote4” and “WirelessRemoteFirmware.4” that are not compatible with any Siri Remote, according to roncontributor to AppleDB, an online database of Apple software and hardware.

Aaron said the original Siri remote is known as “SiriRemote,” the revised version of the remote 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” will be the next remote control for the Apple TV.

No additional details about “SiriRemote4” were mentioned in the code, so nothing is known about the design or potential features of the remote control at this time. The code results also do not guarantee that Apple will go ahead with the release of a new remote control.

Last month, popular analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said a new Apple TV would launch in the second half of 2022 with an improved cost structure, suggesting it might have a lower price tag than the current Apple TV 4K, which starts at $179. United State. Kuo didn’t provide any additional details, so it’s not clear if the new Siri Remote could be a new low-cost Apple TV later this year, but it’s certainly 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. A new update to tvOS 16 for the Apple TV is currently in beta and is expected to be released around September.

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