Apple is now rolling out a new version of tvOS which will hopefully help to address a Siri remote issue that some Apple TV 4K users have been dealing with recently. At the same time, Apple has also now released an even newer and more recent beta version of tvOS to developers for testing.
Last fall saw the release of tvOS 16, the current and major release of the operating system powering Apple TV. Since then, the company has continued to roll out smaller updates to tvOS 16. Over this same period, a number of Apple TV 4K users have been reporting issues related to the connectivity of the remote.
According to those users, the remote would routinely and randomly disconnect from their Apple TV. Even after manually reconnecting, the remote would disconnect again. For reference, these reports are specific to the USB-C version of the Siri Remote released alongside the latest (3rd Gen) version of the Apple TV.
While the cause of the reported issue remains unknown, Apple now appears to be in the process of rolling out a fix. First noted by 9to5 Mac, and described in this help post, Apple confirms that tvOS 16.3.3 is now available and that “this update fixes an issue where the Siri Remote can become unresponsive on Apple TV 4K (3rd generation).”
Even though the changelog doesn’t provide any additional information on the cause of the problem, it is hopeful that those experiencing the issue will see some improvement after updating their Apple TV player to the latest version.
Speaking of the latest version, shortly after the release of tvOS 16.3.3 to the public, Apple also released tvOS 16.4 beta 3. Unlike 16.3.3, this beta version is specifically designed for developers to allow them to test tvOS 16.4 prior to the public release.