April 18, 2024
The Siri button seen on an Apple TV remote.
Phil Nickinson / Digital Tendencies

Apple TV 4K remains to be the perfect streaming system you should purchase, however there’s additionally one button on the distant I nearly by no means press on function. However that will lastly be about to vary.

Within the newest developer beta for the tvOS platform, Apple has added a wee little bit of performance to the Siri button on the facet of the Siri Voice distant. (That’s the little button on the right-hand facet with a microphone.) Within the manufacturing software program — that’s, what most people are operating as we speak — clicking the button prompts Siri, principally the identical as if it had been in your telephone. Say “Ted Lasso,” and it’ll take you straight into the Ted Lasso present on Apple TV+ within the Apple TV app in your Apple TV 4K. Say “Opeth,” and it’ll begin enjoying Opeth on Apple Music.

(That wording, by the way in which, is my repeated reminder to Apple that utilizing the identical identify for a premium streaming service, the identical identify for the app by which that service resides, and the identical identify for the {hardware} on which you’ll discover each of these issues, is especially foolish.)

A new search feature on Apple TV 4K.
Urgent the Siri button on the distant now opens a search field in some apps. Phil Nickinson / Digital Tendencies

However within the newest developer beta — which isn’t remaining software program by any means and is topic to vary — urgent the button as soon as opens up a search field in your tv display screen, and prompts the microphone. You’re inspired to talk your question, which is able to then search for outcomes throughout supported apps, and then you definitely select the place to go from there.

For now, unsurprisingly, issues appear to be fairly contained inside Apple’s apps. This all works from the house display screen and seems to go looking throughout a number of apps — “Search Films, Reveals and Extra,” it says. It really works inside the Apple TV app and invitations you to “Search TV.” Urgent it inside the Apple Music app invitations you to “Search music.” Urgent it in YouTube TV or Hulu … does nothing. That’s not a shock, provided that this characteristic is a part of the developer beta and never in launch software program. (It additionally doesn’t but work in Images, Podcasts, or Arcade.)

Lengthy-pressing the microphone button, by the way in which, nonetheless prompts Siri as earlier than all through all apps.

Once more, that is all topic to vary. And behind my head, I ponder if Apple will change the microphone button on the distant to a search button as an alternative. However for now? It’s a enjoyable little addition, alongside the beta adjustments to the Apple TV app itself.

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