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Apple TV Remote app puts a Siri Remote on your iPhone

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William Mcneely
Aug 02, 2016 12:25
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A new remote app designed for the Apple TV addresses most of the remaining points of friction between the fourth-generation TV box and the increasingly long-in-the-tooth Remote app designed for controlling iTunes and previous models of the Apple TV.

The new app and tvOS 10 may help take it all the way.

When the fourth-generation model shipped in October 2015, the original Remote app couldn t work with it, Bluetooth keyboards were unsupported, and Apple said third-party game controllers had to be optional for games, not mandatory.

Given the number of passwords and other data that needed to be entered when setting up an Apple TV, this all combined to make the interaction side of things half baked, even when the device and tvOS were just fine.

The app pairs to an Apple TV just like other remotes, requiring the entry of a code displayed on the screen connected to an Apple TV.

Once paired, the screen looks like a slightly wider Siri Remote with a different arrangement of the buttons.

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