Apple has released a new app for the iPhone that controls the Apple TV set-top box, mimicking the functions of the Siri remote control. The free app, called Apple TV Remote (available via the App Store), lets users 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 enter passwords.
Apple introduced the fourth-generation Apple TV at a 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. The new remote app is not optimised for the iPad’s larger displays, while the prior version of the app—without gaming or Siri support—is. The new app is useful as a secondary remote control for the Apple TV or for navigating using a larger screen. It could also serve as a substitute for those who have misplaced or lost their Apple TV remotes, which cost $79 to replace.