Latest tvOS 14.5 beta references Apple TV Remote control with ‘Center Button’

Amid rumors that Apple is working on a new remote control device for the next-gen Apple TV hardware, the tvOS 14.5 beta that was released this morning includes a code change that references an Apple TV remote control that features a “Center Button,” which the current ‌Apple TV‌ Siri Remote does not sport.

Apple TV 4K and its Siri Remote
Apple TV 4K and its Siri Remote

Juli Clover for MacRumors:

“Press the center button or the touch surface to continue,” reads the tvOS 14.5 code, which was discovered by MacRumors contributor Steve Moser.

The remote for the fourth and fifth-generation ‌Apple TV‌ models features a series of buttons that are arranged in two rows, with no button in the center.

There is an older “Apple Remote” with a center button that’s designed for the second and third-generation ‌Apple TV‌ models and is compatible with the current ‌Apple TV‌ models, so it’s possible that’s what the code change is referencing, but it could also be referring to a new unreleased ‌Apple TV‌ remote.

MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, it’s referencing a new Apple TV Remote to replace the rather widely unloved Siri Remote, not this matte silver bad boy:

The Apple Remote for Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation)
The Apple Remote for Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation)

5 Comments

  1. I actually dont have any problems or issues with the latest remote – I have never picked it up/ held it upside down – the raised menu button helps but even before that I haven’t had an issue.

    My mother on the other hand has real difficulties (I bought her a 4K Apple TV for Christmas) – so I can appreciate that its not to everyone’s liking.

    But failing that people could just use the remote app available on the iphone/ iPad

  2. Center Button? Old-school iPods have a button at the center of a “click wheel.” Simple, smooth, and continuous scrolling (variable acceleration) through long lists. Touch-based in a more limited way. Click center button to Select. Click on defined points along wheel for Menu, Next/Previous, Volume, and other specific functions. I’ve missed using this great intuitive interface; it’d be excellent for tv.

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