Apple has released its promised new Remote app for Apple TV. It offers all of the same features as the Siri Remote, including Siri voice commands and the ability to use an iPhone as a game controller.
New Remote app for Apple TV
”Apple TV Remote TV” is a brand new app, not an update to the existing Remote app. With the new app you will be able to control your Apple TV box from an iPhone just as you would with the bundled physical remote.
The app has a big touchpad that you can use to swipe left/right/up/down and thus control the TV interface. It also has the “menu” and “home” buttons.
One of the big new features is Siri integration allowing you to use your iPhone to search for movies, TV series and other things on your TV. Siri on Apple TV is only available in a few regions but will be coming to more with the upcoming tvOS 10 update this fall.
Another new feature is the ability to use the accelerometer and gyroscope of the iPhone to control games on the TV – or in other words make your iPhone a game controller. If several members of the home have iPhones they can compete against each other in multiplayer games on the TV.
The app is not yet optimized for iPad.
As noted, this is a new app – not an update for the existing app – that can be downloaded here. It also works with the previous Apple TV boxes.