Apple has realised that users are not all too happy with the Apple TV remote, and the company wants to make it easier for users if they use Apple TV. The company announced that it is working on a new Apple TV remote app that will give Siri remote functionality on the iPhones.
Eddy Cue, Senior VP of Internet Software and Services at Apple, said that the company will release an IOS remote app for the Apple TV in the first half of 2016. He added that the remote app will replicate the features of the physical Siri-enabled Remote app which ships with the Apple TV.
"We're working on a new Apple TV remote app that will give you the full functionality of the Siri Remote on your iPhone," Cue said in an interview. "We're hoping to ship that in the first half of next year."
Apple introduced the fourth generation of its Apple TV set-top box on September 9th 2015. The Apple TV set-top box can be connected to the TV with a HDMI port. The best part of the Apple TV is the dedicated app store. According to Apple, apps are the future of the TV and Apple is focusing on integrating an App ecosystem into the Apple TV. The Apple TV comes with tvOS, as well as Apple Music on the Apple TV. An iPhone app is already under the works. The company has released tvOS 9.1 this week that enables users to use the remote app and feed a text input using an IOS devices.
Apple is aggressively developing Apple TV and is therefore improving the Apple TV. Apple TV will see the arrival of new apps that could shape the future of the Apple TV. Cue also said that there was a lot of interest from developers who want to create entertainment and game based apps to integrate it into Apple TV. The Apple TV already has more than 2000 apps.
According to Apple, it wants to bring several gaming and entertainment apps into Apple TV. Apple wants to target those users who would probably never buy an Xbox or Playstation and who would never play games. In the process, Apple plans to get new users into Apple TV who will be playing simple games and watching their favourite shows and movies, and listen to music. The target is largely a non-gaming audience that the company aims to attract with the Apple TV.