Apple has introduced a new, dedicated remote control app that controls the latest Apple TV. Customers could previously use Apple’s general “Remote” app to control an Apple TV, but the new app allows your iPhone to more closely mimic the functionality of the supplied handheld Apple TV remote, with Siri voice control. It also allows you to perform text searches via your phone’s onscreen keyboard, a far better option than using the virtual keyboard within the Apple TV interface.
Here is Bloomberg’s writeup on the subject:
Apple Inc. released a new application for the iPhone that lets users control their Apple TV set-top box, mimicking the functions of the Siri remote control. The app works with the latest Apple TV, which first went on sale in October.
The iPhone app allows users to navigate the Apple TV using the smartphone’s touchscreen instead of a physical remote. The free app, called Apple TV Remote on the App Store, lets people control games and search on the Apple TV using Siri voice control. The iPhone’s software keyboard also allows Apple TV users to more easily input passwords.
Apple introduced the fourth-generation Apple TV at a news conference in September and released it the next month in stores. The product features a touch-based remote control with motion sensors for gaming as well as a microphone.
To read the complete Bloomberg article, click here.
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