Apple explains why you can’t find new Siri Remote using its AirTag-like tech
The new Siri Remote sells at ₹5,800 in India.
Apple hosted its first major event -- Spring Loaded 2021 -- last month. At its event, the company announced a bunch of new devices and services. The list includes a Purple coloured iPhone 12, AirTags, two new iPad Pro models, new iMac computers, and Apple Podcasts subscription among others. In addition to these, the company also launched Apple TV 4K with a new Siri remote.
The new Siri Remote, which sells at ₹5,800 in India is vastly different from its older version. While it features the same aluminum body, it also has more controls and new sensors that make it smarter than the old Apple Remote that costs ₹1,700 in India. The new Siri remote is also slightly thicker than its predecessor. Yet, reports have detailed a fundamental issue with the device: It keeps getting lost in couches and behind the cushions.
Now, in an interview with Mobile Syrup (via The Verge), Apple has finally explained as to why it didn't use Apple AirTags-like technology to help users find it using the company's Find My network. Apple VP Tim Twerdahl in an interview with the publication said that it didn't use any advanced technologies in its Siri Remote because it made it thicker than its predecessor.
“We are super excited about AirTags and what we're doing with U1, and part of that power is the Find My network and the fact that we can leverage a billion devices around the world to help you find stuff. To your point, that is the most powerful out of the home,” Twerdahl said.
“With the changes we've made to the Siri Remote — including making it a bit thicker so it won't fall in your couch cushions as much — that need to have all these other network devices find it seems a little bit lower,” he added.
That said, the issue still remains. What if you did end up losing the remote? In a support document, Apple details what you should do if such a situation ever arises. The company gives several alternatives to solve this issue. Firstly, users can control Apple TV with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Alternatively, they can use a different Apple Remote to control the device. In any case, there is no technological way of finding the Siri Remote, not yet at least.