How to remotely control iPhone camera to take pictures or videos

Photography tips for iPhone Grid Photo

Apple's iPhone usually feature an excellent camera, and can take some really good photos and videos. Several users also place the iPhone on a tripod, or lean it against a rock, to take group shots or shoot jitter free videos. Of course, you can set a timer and be done with it. However, there are ways to capture photos and videos totally hands-free.

A new report reiterates that Apple is working on a redesigned remote for the next Apple TV

A new report has now corroborated last year's Bloomberg story that claimed Apple would be releasing an updated Siri Remote alongside the company's next Apple TV set-top box model.


The oft-criticized Apple TV remote is being redesigned. It could be called Apple TV Remote, not Siri Remote. Unclear if it'll work on older Apple TVs.

Overhauling the Siri Remote

Citing people familiar with Apple's plans, 9to5Mac has learned that the Siri Remote that ships with the Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD is getting redesigned for the next model. An overhauled accessory reportedly sports a code-name that's different from the existing remote.

Details about this new Apple TV Remote are still unknown, but 9to5Mac’s sources have told us that this model is being developed under the code name 'B519,' which is quite different from the code name of the current Siri Remote — internally identified as 'B439.'

This has prompted the publication to speculate that the changes will be “significant” rather than cosmetic. “As the new Remote has an internal model number way above the current version, we believe the changes will be more significant,” reads the article.

A year ago, 9to5Mac discovered curious strings in the iOS 14 code indicating that the Cupertino tech giant could have a brand new remote for the Apple TV in the works.

Siri Remote to become Apple TV Remote

In fact, it would appear that Apple may also have a name change in store for the Siri Remote because iOS 14.5 code appears to reference “Apple TV Remote” rather than “Siri Remote,” which is what the company used to call the accessory in pre-tvOS days.

→ Tips for using the Siri Remote for Apple TV like a pro

Bloomberg reported last September that Apple was working on an upgraded remote control for the next Apple TV. The new remote will apparently support Apple's Find My app to make it easier to find in case it gets lost or misplaced. As for the Apple TV itself, the next update is widely expected to feature a faster processor with much better graphics for improved gaming.

How to fix Apple TV 4K remote lag

After recently switching to a new Apple TV 4K, I encountered an issue that my previous Apple TV didn't have. Specifically, I would experience constant navigation lag when using the trackpad of the Siri remote.

The symptoms would be pretty obvious. As I was navigating any area of the user interface, whether it would be the Home Screen, Settings, or even scrubbing in an app, I would run into a laggy navigation that would create an inconsistent behavior. Swiping on the trackpad would sometimes take a few seconds to register on the screen, and then all the sudden after a short freeze, navigation would resume, but jump all over the place.

How to find the serial numbers for your Apple TV and Siri Remote

Apple TV and Siri Remote from Pixabay

If you have to perform some troubleshooting on your Apple TV or Siri Remote, having the serial number is important. This not only helps to identify the model or type of device you own, but can help you get answers to questions about the specific device.

Here, we’ll show you how to get the serial numbers for both your Apple TV and Siri Remote.

Tips to set up your Mac Notification Center Today View for remote work

MacBook Today View Notification Center

The Today View area on Mac, coupled with your Notification Center, is one of those things a lot of people take for granted. But just like on your iPhone, this handy area can hold widgets for apps you use often. And if you get into the habit of using it, especially by opening it each morning before you begin work, you can start your day right.

Here are some tips for setting up your Mac Notification Center Today View when working from home.