A growing number of third-generation Apple TV 4K owners are reporting connection issues with the Siri Remote that are only temporarily resolved by restarting the remote or power cycling the set-top box.

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Several MacRumors forums and Reddit threads have been created to call attention to the issue, which appears to be related to the Siri Remote’s inconsistent Bluetooth connection with the latest Apple TV 4K, even when in close proximity.

Users report intermittent Siri Remote loss of connection with Apple TV 4K, which can only be resolved by re-pairing or restarting the remote, or unplugging the set-top box and then re-establishing the connection. For this it can be fixed by plugging it again.

Notably, the problem does not arise when the same users try to control their Apple TV 4K with the Remote app on their iPhone or via HDMI-CEC with their TV remote, suggesting that the fault There is actually a bluetooth issue between the remote and the Apple TV 4K. ,

Whether the problem is due to a software bug or hardware related is unknown, although there are some indications that the problem started for some users only after updating to tvOS 16.2, which may be why it has now become a more widespread issue.

Some users have gone through several Apple TV 4K replacement units from Apple to try to resolve the connection issues, with mixed results. Apple is apparently aware of the issue but has yet to respond publicly.

Third-generation Apple TV 4K to be released in October 2022, with A15 Bionic processor, 64GB or 128GB storage, HDR10+ support. It also comes with a USB-C Siri Remote.

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