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One of the best features of the new Apple TV, in my personal opinion, is its redesigned remote with Bluetooth 4.0 and built-in dual microphones for Siri functionality. Too bad not all buyers will be allowed to enjoy the new Siri Remote, as Apple is calling it.

According to the company’s official documentation for developers, the new Siri Remote is available in just eight key markets like the United States, United Kingdom and Germany, to name a few. Apple TVs in all other countries will be packaged with the standard remote.

Apple’s official App Programming Guide for tvOS found on its portal for developers lists the following markets where the new Siri Remote will be bundled with the new Apple TV:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

“Apple TVs in all other countries are packaged with the Apple TV remote,” says the firm.

The document goes on to explain that the Apple TV remote now comes in two flavors—one with Bluetooth 4.0 and Siri built in and the other “with onscreen search capabilities,” which is a code word for the clunky old aluminum Apple Remote.

The new Siri Remote, Apple says, “dramatically simplifies how you select, scroll and navigate through your favorite content while bringing unique interactivity to the new Apple TV by using a glass touch surface that handles both small, accurate movements as well as big, sweeping ones.”

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It’s got four physical buttons—the Menu, Home, Siri, Play/Pause and volume up and down—and built-in accelerometer and gyroscope sensors that third-party applications and games can access, read and use.

The Siri Remote packs in a rechargeable battery which Apple claims provides “months” of battery life on a single charge with typical daily usage. Lightning connector is provided at the bottom for charging.

The Siri Remote is only compatible with the new Apple TV and Apple has created the Remote Loop for it, as pictured below. ‘Made for iPhone’ (MFi) wireless game controllers can also be used to navigate the interface of the new set-top box.

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It’s interesting that both ‘Siri Remote’ and ‘tvOS’ terms have been trademarked.

We’ve made other curious findings related to the new set-top box.

For instance, the box lacks persistent storage for third-party apps and Apple has set a cap for the maximum size of an Apple TV app to 200 MB. And in addition to the 64-bit A8 processor from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the new Apple TV has twice the RAM at 2GB.

The new Apple TV is priced at $149/$199 for a 32GB/64GB model. The device will be available at the end of October from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

  • That_Fruitarian

    I want to learn more about the gaming controllers.

  • Anonomous.TECH.man

    Can any one confirm if it has a find function can’t even tell you how many times my mom has lost that aluminum one I am ocd and put my remotes back when I use them but at my friends house that thing is always lost hence why thier is a iOS app.

  • Maxim∑

    Still better than Google which takes 3 months on average to release something outside the US

  • Dante Arellano

    Apple is easy 5 to ten years behind man every year its more notable

    • Vince Reedy

      5 to 10 years behind in what specifically?

      • André Le Comte

        Amazon Fire TV

      • Xee

        Amazon are even more restrictive then Apple not?

      • Vince Reedy

        ok so that’s 1 year

  • White Michael Jackson

    A year behind like usual. I’ll stick to my fire tv.

  • Kyle

    Yes, where it says “Siri” on the US sore, it says “Arama”, which means search (thx google) and the dual-mic isn’t mentioned.
    Because if they would just shipt the aluminium remote, it would lack a lock of features in a lot of countries. AdditioNALLY, Siri is just software which they will probably add in future tvOS updates.

  • JimmyJump

    Can anyone explain why I would need a 64GB version as opposed to a 32GB? App storage or what? If all apps are only 200mb, why would you need 64GB? Am I missing something?

  • Caroline Wagasky Thornton

    So if I have the gen 3, I can’t purchase and use a Siri remote or an mfi game controller? I’m trying to avoid caving and buying an Xbox one for the 8 yr old. Would love to turn our current Apple TV into a gaming console.