“Although it’s light on new consumer-facing features, the latest release of the OS X El Capitan beta for developers hides references to a pair of future Apple hardware products: a new 4K version of the 21.5-inch iMac and a new Bluetooth Remote control,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac.
A new file inside of El Capitan seems to confirm that Apple has been working on a new Bluetooth Remote Control. According to our scan of the file’s contents, this new piece of hardware integrates a dedicated Bluetooth wireless chip, can connect with devices via an infrared sensor, and includes a Multi-Touch trackpad with inertial scrolling support,” Gurman reports. “There is also a reference to what could be Force Touch support, but we are less certain about that…”
Read more, and see the code snippets, in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Apple TV certainly needs a better included remote. Using Apple Watch to control Apple TV is leagues better than using the Apple TV’s remote which seems designed not only to assuage Steve Jobs’ button phobia, but also to slip into the nearest crack between sofa cushions.
As we’ve mentioned previously, current Sony 4K TVs are shipping with a more rudimentary touchpad remote than the one that various rumors and patent applications intimate is coming from Apple. You can see Sony’s touchpad remote in action in this video:
New Apple TV expected to feature touchpad remote – May 4, 2015
Apple patent application reveals new gesture control pad for future Apple TV remote – April 16, 2015