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Apple has recently released new firmware for the second and third generation of Siri Remote. This reportedly activates a feature in the tvOS 17, which should allow users to find their missing remote using their iPhones.
Aside from the new firmware and tvOS 17, the feature also needs iOS 17, which will be released on September 18. Once all these updates are installed in the Siri Remote, Apple TV, and the iPhone, the latter should be able to use the Apple TV remote control icon in the Control Center to find the remote.
This feature includes a dedicated UI for iPhones that is similar to Find My, allowing users to receive guidance on the location of the remote.
However, MacRumors noted:
Find My for the Siri Remote is available on the second and third-generation Siri Remotes. The updated firmware is necessary, and there is no established method for getting the Siri Remote to update. The Apple TV will need to be up to date, on, and connected to the Siri Remote to initiate, but there is no way to force the new firmware to download.
With this, it is still unclear how this feature can be activated or used, as Apple still hasn’t released any official instructions or announcements about this.
In related news, Apple also appears to be planning to use the same concept in finding lost iPhones inside a vehicle. In one of its latest patents, the Cupertino giant details the systems and methods it proposes to use in order to locate an Apple device within a vehicle using sensors and signal generators.
As it explains, the said materials will communicate with each other, allowing an onboard computer in the vehicle to determine the location and orientation of the lost device. As the document adds, the methods can resolve users’ issues in the “cumbersome” ways of manually finding their lost devices.