Resolved The new remote app kind of sucks.

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ajiuo, Jun 19, 2016.

  1. ajiuo macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2011
    It doesn't have volume control, no longer links with Mac (as far as I can tell), and they didn't bring back the ability to brows media from within the app itself like on the ATV3... So... Meh.

    New icon is cool though
  2. benjitek macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2012
    First beta and you're commenting on it as if it's a final release. Might be a good time to do a Google search for the definition of the term 'beta' :confused:
  3. ajiuo thread starter macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2011
    I don't think they are going to add many features... In fact I think it will come out way before tvOS 10. The current release of tvOS 9 actually has support for the app. Apple also said that it would be released early this year... So they are already running pretty late on it... I bet they release it in July sometime.
  4. rockyromero macrumors 6502


    Jul 11, 2015
    Does it have a mute function?

  5. TurboPGT! Suspended

    Sep 25, 2015
    No, it will release alongside iOS 10.

    Regarding volume, yes that would be nice, but it would (of course) have to be CEC volume control given the lack of IR on iOS devices, and how many TVs support that? Far far far less than those that support CEC power on/off. You can see why it would be excluded, at least for now. Could easily be added in the future (but does your TV even support it?).

    There is a small regression away from browsing your local library content and playing it back on Apple TV, but you have to see how that experience differs from the rest of the entire AppleTV UI. Browsing local library is literally 1 App, of the countless you can have on AppleTV now. Doesn't make sense to maintain support for that.
    Not to mention, that was before there were new ways of interacting with AppleTV, ie, touchpad, Siri. And yes, Siri does not yet support the local library, but eventually it may. Maybe. Its hard to say how valid that would be with the potential for questionable metadata.

    I've since moved on to using Plex as its a much better AppleTV experience, and being a 3rd party app it has much greater potential for Siri support (especially since they have their own custom metadata inclusion experience which can augment what is is needed for Siri).
  6. ajiuo thread starter macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2011
    I have my ATV hooked up to an AV receiver. CES powder works on both my tv and receiver. Ces Volume works on my AV receiver... And many AV Receivers do support volume.
  7. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    It's gone for aTV 4 as well but that doesn't mean you can not browse your libraries and play them back on aTV. Just the paradigm shift.
  8. BruiserB macrumors 65816

    Aug 9, 2008
    Is there a way the AppleTV can sense whether or not the TV connected to it can be CEC volume controlled? If so, then the app could be written so that volume functionality appears in the app if the control is available and doesn't show if it isn't.
  9. K4LK macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2009
    Anybody having trouble pairing the app with the Apple TV? tvOS is 10.0, iPhone 6S plus is iOS 10.0. On the ATV in Settings>Remotes and Devices>Remote app, it is looking for an app. Installed the app on the iPhone using Xcode 8. When I try to pair the app by entering code on ATV, both sit there and refuse to pair.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 20, 2016 ---
    After I force-quit the app a second time, I was able to pair them.

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