Apple is working on a new remote for its next-gen Apple TV, 9to5Mac reports. While the report doesn’t share specific details about the rejigged remote, it suggests that Apple may be moving away from the controversial Siri Remote Apple debuted with the fourth-gen Apple TV.
The Siri Remote is often singled out as one of the more controversial designs in Apple history, alongside the “hockey puck” mouse of the iMac G3 and the dodgy, upside-down charging of the Magic Mouse 2.
The new report says that the revised remote is being developed under the codename B519. By comparison, the current Siri Remote is codenamed B439 inside Apple. Whether this turns out to be an updated Siri Remote or something new remains to be seen.
Not the first time
This isn’t the first time there have been reports of an updated Apple TV or remote. “Apple is planning an upgraded box with a stronger gaming focus, an updated remote and a new processor,” Bloomberg noted late last year. In early December, Nikkei also reported that Apple was working on a sixth-gen Apple TV box.
This will be the first new Apple TV to launch since Apple debuted its Apple TV+ service in November 2019.
It will certainly be interesting to find out what Apple has in mind for a new remote. Apple deserves credit for trying something bold with the Siri Remote, although it does not appear to have entirely worked.
Many people still cling on to the idea that Apple should be able to reinvent TV as we know it, based on comments made in Steve Jobs’ official biography a decade ago. Jobs told biographer Walter Isaacson that he had “cracked” the formula for making a compelling TV navigation tool. “It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine,” Jobs said.
More than a decade later, it seems that Apple is still working to deliver such a user interface. Let’s wait and see what 2021 has in store!