I was just as surprised as everyone else when the new AppleTV didn't work with the Remote App. Meanwhile, I had been frustrated at how there were always 2 ways to listen to music on the AppleTV, one where you'd have direct control from your iPhone or Watch, another where you'd have to open the Remote App which has a completely different UI. For example, you could ask your Watch to play a song then AirPlay the music to your AppleTV. In that way, you can control the volume on your AppleTV by turning the digital crown on your Watch or have complete control by using Siri on your Watch: Hey Siri, I like this song, Hey Siri, play the rest of this album, Hey Siri, play that song again. If however, you started playing music sitting down on your couch with your AppleTV's remote then got up and walked around the house, to change the volume or like a song, or set up the next song, you'd have to go to the TV and change it or open the Remote App to do so in a completely different UI than what you're used to. Then the realization hit. Apple is simplifying this setup, building AppleTV control into an ecosystem of devices through handover and AirPlay. In iOS10, watchOS3 and tvOS2 (or hopefully before then), whatever is playing on your AppleTV, will be available for handover on to your Watch and iPhone/iPad with full hardware control being passed on to your iPhone/Watch. Whatever was playing on the TV will now be showing in your Music app with the music still being played on your AppleTV. Conversely, there's currently an AirPlay button on the Watch's Settings glance that does nothing. With this set up, whatever is playing on your iPhone/Watch's music app, when you press the AirPlay button, it'll play on the AppleTV with full hardware controls of your music on the Watch. The same will apply to video of course. The Now Playing glance on your Watch and Control Center on your iPhone will show what's playing on your AppleTV. No need for a separate app. As for the most missed feature from the Remote App, a full touch keyboard, that's also solvable with Handover. If a keyboard appears on your AppleTV, simply double click the home button on your iPhone and AppleTV will appear in your Handover corner or you can swipe it up from the lock screen. Perhaps there'll still be a simplified Remote App that replicates the Siri Remote's functionality but it's clear that the old Remote App was overly complex and redundant. It's likely that Apple is going to build those functions right into iOS rather than as a separate app.