New remote for Apple TV will pack haptic feedback

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The Apple TV remote is getting a big upgrade.
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The Apple TV is set to get some big upgrades during Apple’s huge keynote tomorrow, but one unexpected surprise could bring some big changes to the Siri remote.

After doing some digging into the code from the leaked iOS 11 GM, developer Guilherme Rambo found new references indicate the Siri remote will be upgraded as well. This time it could gain haptic feedback.

Previous findings from the iOS 11 GM revealed the name of the new Apple TV which will be aptly called Apple TV 4K. Info on the device’s processor was also unearthed, showing it will pack the same A10X Fusion processor found in the new iPad Pro, and 3GB of RAM.

Guilherme Rambo found two references called “actuator calibration” and “force calibration” that appear to be for haptic feedback. There’s also a “Vibe Waveforms” reference that further suggests the remote will vibrate.

It’s still unclear if the new remote will get a new form factor and design change as well. As an owner of the third-generation Apple TV, I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing changes made so that the touchpad area is more distinguishable from the rest of the remote.

The addition of 4K support will likely be one of the hallmark features of the fourth-generation Apple TV. New content deals for 4K video in iTunes will also likely be announced at the event tomorrow.