Im afraid that Apple may have purposely obsoleted the iPhone Remote App in an effort to push the new Siri Remote. As a software engineer, I cannot fathom the idea that Apple spent a year plus designing the new device and somehow managed to not update an app. There are a few reasons that I believe this: No zero day compatibility for a feature that was essential to the previous model. Apples support documents stating that the app is incompatible rather than a notice of impending compatibility via future update. No mention of remote app during product demonstration or release "Prerelease developers" such as Hipster Whale (Crossy Road) built in "controller / remote functionality" to their games rather than relying on a dedicated remote app. This is what apple does. The Remote app was an essential feature and had a fair amount of pluses that the Siri remote lacks. Ability to seamlessly control multiple apple tvs in a home or office. Very useful for when my children lose their remotes. (Very frequent) Easier text input with complex passwords. Siri remote easily broken or lost. Why do I need to worry about another remote? High replacement cost for Siri remote. ($79) Shut off Tvs in different room. (Again, children) Cannot easily tell siri remote position in dark. Have to fiddle. No backlight for buttons. I have to charge the remote Disconnected from the ecosystem. Without the remote app features, my apple tv feels completely different, in a bad way. It will truly be missed in my house hold. I find the idea of a dedicated remote for Siri pointless. I don’t understand the hype surrounding Siri, Its a feature that is turned off on all of my Apple devices. Its useless to me. Ps. Whats up with the horrible netflix interface.