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Apple today released a new firmware update for the Siri Remote designed for the new Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD models. The new firmware has an internal version number of 9M6772, while the prior firmware version was 9M6336. Note that this is not the firmware version that you see in the Apple TV Remote settings.

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There's no word on what's new with the Apple TV remote update, but it likely addresses minor bugs and performance issues.

Apple has not detailed how to install a firmware update for the Siri Remote, but it's likely similar to AirPods, delivered silently and over the air while the Apple TV is asleep. Firmware updates are installed in the background and it may take some time for the Siri Remote update to be downloaded and installed.

Article Link: Apple Releases Updated Firmware for New Siri Remote
 
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zorinlynx

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I wonder if this will fix the occasionally odd touch response.

On a semi-unrelated note, I just realized I haven't had to plug in to charge mine since I got it on release day, and I use it constantly, even when not using the Apple TV to adjust my receiver's volume.

The battery life on this remote is unreal.
 

aardwolf

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I wonder if this will fix the occasionally odd touch response.

On a semi-unrelated note, I just realized I haven't had to plug in to charge mine since I got it on release day, and I use it constantly, even when not using the Apple TV to adjust my receiver's volume.

The battery life on this remote is unreal.
I didn't get mine until Father's Day, but I agree... I haven't even thought about charging it.
 

campingsk8er

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Has anyone else had the issue where they are not able to use Siri to type within an app? Not sure if this is an iOS 15 issue or new Apple TV issue. Using the Siri button only works for system search. Once in an app, I HAVE to manually type out what I’m searching for.
 

justperry

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Haha, firmware update for a rather standard remote, how far have we come....


Could be worse though, firmware for a drinking bottle, or a toothbrush.:rolleyes:

Edit: Seems like my comment is misunderstood, by standard remote I meant just a slightly dumb device, an iPhone/PC/TV and the like needs much more complicated firmware.
 
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jazz1

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No details from Apple on how to update the firmware, or what the process is, or if it updates in the background? Wow, just like my AirPod Max headphones.
 
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ipedro

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There’s a mic in the remote, therefore there’s a usable speaker, albeit of low quality, if Apple decides to have one. Adding an audible ping to the remote is a matter of a firmware update.

You could use your iPhone to tell the Apple TV to send a signal that momentarily reverses the mic signal into a speaker and creates a pinging sound.

It’s doable. Apple just needs to get on with it and admit that people misplace their remotes, regardless of how much bigger they made it.
 

Eduardo Paz

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Has anyone else had the issue where they are not able to use Siri to type within an app? Not sure if this is an iOS 15 issue or new Apple TV issue. Using the Siri button only works for system search. Once in an app, I HAVE to manually type out what I’m searching for.
When you try to use the siri button to type, make sure your selection is on the keyboard (any of the letters or numbers) and it should prompt the siri typing instead of the system search.
 
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JMStearnsX2

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Has anyone else had the issue where they are not able to use Siri to type within an app? Not sure if this is an iOS 15 issue or new Apple TV issue. Using the Siri button only works for system search. Once in an app, I HAVE to manually type out what I’m searching for.
I have the new Apple TV, and I've not had this issue on tvOS 14.
 

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There’s a mic in the remote, therefore there’s a usable speaker, albeit of low quality, if Apple decides to have one. Adding an audible ping to the remote is a matter of a firmware update.

You could use your iPhone to tell the Apple TV to send a signal that momentarily reverses the mic signal into a speaker and creates a pinging sound.

It’s doable. Apple just needs to get on with it and admit that people misplace their remotes, regardless of how much bigger they made it.
I have had my six-year-old daughter go upstairs while absentmindedly holding the remote and then leaving it up there and my four-year-old son throw the remote behind the TV stand.

I have an AirTag on each of my Apple TV remotes -- mind you the beeping sound is horribly weak and I typically have to walk my house with the phone and wait for the arrow to show up and lead me to it. I would welcome a louder beeping sound to find the remote.
 
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zorinlynx

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There’s a mic in the remote, therefore there’s a usable speaker, albeit of low quality, if Apple decides to have one. Adding an audible ping to the remote is a matter of a firmware update.

You could use your iPhone to tell the Apple TV to send a signal that momentarily reverses the mic signal into a speaker and creates a pinging sound.

It’s doable. Apple just needs to get on with it and admit that people misplace their remotes, regardless of how much bigger they made it.
Tiny mics like the ones in your ATV remote and phone tend to be condenser mics, which are basically capacitors that change capacitance with sounds. They cannot be "reversed" to be used as speakers; that requires a dynamic microphone, which uses a magnet and coil of wire.
 

hagar

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I’m not impressed with this new remote. It’s an improvement but I’ve had plenty of issues with it, where it receives some “ghost input” and has a mind of its own.
 
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hmark8

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Scrubbing with the new remote certainly hasn't been intuitive. Watched a tutorial so at least able to do it, but still not consistently and getting others in the house or guests to learn that is a non starter. Along with frustrating you can can't just click the power button to turn off but have to hold it down for a few seconds which also isn't intuitive. Wonder if either of these can be adjusted with the latest firmware.
 
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w5jck

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And I found it there smh Settings>Remotes and devices>Remote

but mine just lists 0x0060
The article states that the FW version listed in ATV settings is not the same as the one Apple released. SMH that you apparently didn’t read that.

“The new firmware has an internal version number of 9M6772, while the prior firmware version was 9M6336. Note that this is not the firmware version that you see in the Apple TV Remote settings.”

9M6336 doesn’t look anything like 0x0060, so finding the FW listing in the ATV settings doesn’t help one know whether the newest FW has been installed.

Plus, finding which FW is installed is one thing, discovering how to install an update is something totally different.
 
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SFjohn

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One of the things I currently love about Apple is that I can just leave my devices alone and they update themselves. I’m not concerned about having the latest firmware update because by when I used to look, everything was already updated. I know it will be the same with my Apple TV Remote.
 
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