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Apple today updated its Apple TV Remote app to introduce iPad support, allowing the Remote app to be used on the iPad for the first time. Prior to today's update, the Apple TV Remote interface was only designed for the iPhone.

For those unfamiliar with the Apple TV Remote app, it's designed to be used with the fourth-generation Apple TV and functions similarly to the hardware-based Siri Remote. It includes support for navigation via touch gestures, Siri commands, gameplay, and more.

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On the iPad, the control interface is similar to the iPhone interface, but there's more screen space to display features like the Now Playing window alongside broader controls.

Along with support for the iPad, today's update introduces an enhanced "Now Playing" experience that includes lyrics and playlists for music and chapters, audio tracks, and captions selection for movies and TV shows.

General performance and stability improvements have also been baked into the update.

Apple TV Remote can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Article Link: Apple Adds iPad Support to Apple TV Remote App
 

Chupa Chupa

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Nice but I wish they'd add Siri support to iTunes Remote app too. I know they won't because Apple has no interest in improving the experience of managing non-Apple Music libraries - but still wish they would. I mean I'm using an iPad and a Mac Mini to serve up and manage playback. Apple shouldn't forget that customer, but I guess we are very few.
 

ignatius345

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General performance and stability improvements have also been baked into the update.

They "baked" them in? How interesting! I always thought software was written or built or coded, but I guess it turns out they're baking it now! ...seriously, can we put this tired phrase to bed once and for all?

"This update also includes general performance and stability improvements."
 

Juicy Box

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For those unfamiliar with the Apple TV Remote app, it's designed to be used with the fourth-generation Apple TV and functions similarly to the hardware-based Siri Remote. It includes support for navigation via touch gestures, Siri commands, gameplay, and more.

Anyone know if you can type things with remote app? And before people start asking why I would want this when you can use Siri, I would use it for passwords, and when Siri doesn't understand what I say.

I haven't used the Remote app that much at all, as I don't really see the need to, but if you can use a keyboard to type from a phone, I might find myself using it more.
 

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Apple today updated its Apple TV Remote app to introduce iPad support, allowing the Remote app to be used on the iPad for the first time. Prior to today's update, the Apple TV Remote interface was only designed for the iPhone.

For those unfamiliar with the Apple TV Remote app, it's designed to be used with the fourth-generation Apple TV and functions similarly to the hardware-based Siri Remote. It includes support for navigation via touch gestures, Siri commands, gameplay, and more.

ipadremote-800x600.jpg

On the iPad, the control interface is similar to the iPhone interface, but there's more screen space to display features like the Now Playing window alongside broader controls.

Along with support for the iPad, today's update introduces an enhanced "Now Playing" experience that includes lyrics and playlists for music and chapters, audio tracks, and captions selection for movies and TV shows.

General performance and stability improvements have also been baked into the update.

Apple TV Remote can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Article Link: Apple Adds iPad Support to Apple TV Remote App

The major update for me seems to me that the remote now correctly turns on my TV, Apple TV and Sony Bluray player/ amplifier when I turn it on, which it wasn't doing recently.
 
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KazKam

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Nice but I wish they'd add Siri support to iTunes Remote app too. I know they won't because Apple has no interest in improving the experience of managing non-Apple Music libraries - but still wish they would. I mean I'm using an iPad and a Mac Mini to serve up and manage playback. Apple shouldn't forget that customer, but I guess we are very few.

No, you're not alone.

Also, I believe we're nowhere near as alone as Apple seems to be trying to make us feel.

IMO the Apple Music service is a cancer that has ruined one of the long-time fundamental functions of macOS and iOS... to manage and play the media you already own.
 
Does this version allow you to turn off the TV but still "control" :apple:TV? For example, can I shut off the TV but select playlists or songs from the local iTunes music library with this without having to lean on airplay (using the iPad screen to find playlists or songs I want to play)?

followup: Now that I got the update and tried it, it doesn't do what I asked about. On an iPad, it seems like an awful large amount of wasted space. How nice even a "mirror screen" (showing what would be on the TV screen on the iPad) option would be for controlling iTunes music library playback without needing the TV on. Seems much desirable for my own ways of using it rather than having a dependency on using a big stationary screen in the living room to make use a little screen in my hands.
 
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BJMRamage

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lately my Apple TV Remote App is losing a connection to the AppleTV4 periodically. Sometimes about 10-20 times during a movie. sometimes saying OFFLINE partway into using it.

I am not sure if this is an AppleTV issue, Remote issue, or Fios Issue.
 

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Anyone know if you can type things with remote app? And before people start asking why I would want this when you can use Siri, I would use it for passwords, and when Siri doesn't understand what I say.

I haven't used the Remote app that much at all, as I don't really see the need to, but if you can use a keyboard to type from a phone, I might find myself using it more.
Sure you can!
 
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