tvOS 14.5 Hints at New Apple TV Remote, Mentions ‘Center Button’

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This afternoon Steve Moser found some code in tvOS 14.5 beta 6 that details, “press the centre button or the touch surface to continue” on the Apple TV remote during setup.

While the current Apple TV 4/4K remote does not have a centre button, but rather a touch surface, the code string seemingly hints a new remote may be coming.

According to 9to5Mac, an image was found of an Apple TV remote, which has a tonne of buttons—yuck:

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Now before you think this is a new Apple TV remote, the latter is actually a product announced last November from Universal Electronics, made for Multichannel Video Program Distributors (MVPDs). The company announced this remote would be launching in 2021.

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Earlier this month, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported Apple is working on an update for the Apple TV. It’s unclear if it will come with a new remote, but it should, considering how confusing it is to pick up the Apple TV 4/4K remote (just slap a rubber band on the bottom to stop the confusion).