The Apple TV remote firmware 0x0070 has been released by Apple! The new update is available for the 2021 redesigned Siri Remote. We’re talking about the grey remote with the updated interface that’s displayed in the image uploaded above.
Apple TV remote firmware 0x0070 comes to replace 0x0061 as the software version is updated from 9M6772 to 10M1103. This updated Siri remote ships with the last-generation Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD models.
How To Check Apple TV Firmware Version
- On Apple TV open Settings.
- Go for Remotes and Devices.
- Select Remote and the firmware version is displayed just below the Serial Number. If you get 0x0070, it means that the Siri remote has been already updated.
How To Update Firmware on Apple TV Remote
Similar with the AirPods, the Siri remote is updated automatically, over-the-air, when all conditions are meet.
Apple doesn’t provide info about what you have to do to encourage the update, but some common sense tips are:
- Turn On Apple TV and keep the Siri remote nearby.
- Make sure that the remote’s battery is charged above 50%. (Info about current battery status is displayed in the Remote settings screen shared above.)
- Restart Apple TV. (Settings -> System -> Restart)
Apple TV Remote Not Updating Firmware?
Tip: Use the USB to Lightning cable that shipped with your Apple Remote to charge it using a wall charger or one of the USB ports of your computer!
Apple TV Remote Firmware 0x0070 Features
Apple does not provide release notes for Siri remote firmware updates. All changes or new features have to be uncovered through testing.
Most likely this release covers under-the-hood performance improvements and minor bug fixes.
Nevertheless, if you notice any changes use the comments section to share them with us and we will update them here. Some of the new features expected by users are:
- Siri Remote low battery warning on Apple TV, that should hint users that’s time to charge the device.
- Siri screen when pressing the Siri button should close automatically if there’s not interaction. At the moment it requires the Back or the Home button to be pressed.
- To be updated.
Siri Remote Firmware 0x0070 Issues
As there are no release notes we can’t be sure about any bug fixes until we actually test them.
One of the most annoying bugs reported for the Siri remote is causing laggy volume controls. This latency mainly occurs when using the Apple TV remote to control the volume of stereo paired HomePods.
Has this issue been fixed for you? Do you experience other new bugs? Use the comments section to share your feedback. We will try to replicate the issues and find workarounds.
Fact: You don’t own this Apple TV Siri remote model? This 2nd-generation remote is compatible with the Apple TV HD too and can be purchased separately ($55) from online stores like Amazon.
Related: Have you updated Apple TV to the most recent tvOS 15.5.1 release? It fixes issues that caused music to unexpectedly stop playing.