In recent years we have verified how Apple TV is a secondary device for Apple, a device that has an update cycle of between 3 and 4 years. The latest Apple TV 4K model, which was renewed a few months ago, introduced a new remote that it replaced the controversial Siri Remote with a touch pad.
Despite the fact that the new Apple TV has only been on the market for a few months, if we take into account its renewal cycle, until 2024 at the earliest, let’s not expect a new device. This future Apple TV could incorporate a new remote control, a command that would allow you to control other devices remotely, just by pointing at them.
That would be possible thanks to the Ultra Broadband chip that is already available in the iPhone 11, iPhone 12, Apple Watch Series 6, HomePod mini in the AirTags location beacons. This news, which is not a rumor, comes from the latest patent that Apple has registered at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
According to this patent, the new command that would arrive the next generation of Apple TV allowed the user point to another device, such as a television or a stereo, to control it remotely, as if we were doing it directly with the device’s own control.
This same patent also talks about the connectivity features that could be implemented in an iPhone with the same chip and that currently does not offer, such as the possibility of display a custom interface and relevant accessory information without requiring the user to interact with the device at any time.
In this sense, it seems that Apple is already using this functionality of Ultra Broadband chips to improve Handoff interactions between iPhone and HomePod mini. If you want to take a look at all the content of this new patent, you can do it through this link.