Apple only updates the firmware on the new Siri Remote. Advertised together with the second generation Apple TV 4KThe remote is available with purchase of an Apple TV HD or on its own. Here’s what we know about this update.
This firmware update comes after Apple released the fifth beta of iOS 15.6, iPadOS 15.6, watchOS 8.7, macOS 12.5 and tvOS 15.6 to developers. Since Siri Remote was announced at a Spring Loaded event in April 2021, Apple has been updating its firmware for the third time.
according to Mac rumorsthe previous firmware was 9M6772 and the new one is 10M11103. While Apple regularly releases new firmware updates for its AirPods lineSiri Remote has been waiting for about a year for a new version to be available.
For example, with the latest beta firmware for AirPods, there are references to the LC3 codec for AirPods Max. For those unfamiliar, the LC3 codec is a future high-quality low-energy Bluetooth codec that is soon coming to headphones. A low-complexity communications codec – LC3 for short – will be able to transmit at much lower bit rates without dropping the audio quality we currently see with the Bluetooth standard.
Although the company is not revealing what has changed with this Siri Remote firmware update, it is possible that Apple will make performance improvements with minor bug fixes. With the new iPod-like click wheel design on Siri Remote, this firmware update could be related to that, as it might be a bit unreliable for users. In the past, Apple had to update the Apple TV software to improve the integration between the set-top box and the remote control.
Apple doesn’t say how the Siri Remote firmware can be updated, but if one can guess, it would be by charging the remote with the Apple TV turned on.
When 9to5Mac To learn more about this firmware update, we will make sure to report on the available features.
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