Just hours after the initial release of iOS 14.1, an old companion seems to have dropped the mic: Apparently, Apple has pulled its first-party iOS-app „Remote“ from the App Store.
Friends and users of Apple TV’s may — or may not — have used this app for quite some time. In my use case, it was always a good companion when I didn’t have the will to fiddle with the — sometimes — unwilling physical Apple Remote. As for now, it seems that Apple has put the app to its grave to rely on the control-function provided in iOS’ Control Center.
Although Apple has integrated this feature into iOS two years ago with iOS 12 already, the app was still available in the App Store but ceased to exist at the time of writing. Last year’s update fetched some new clothes in form of a new icon, but additional updates were rather rare anyway. In addition, all further references to the app seem to have disappeared from Apple’s website with support pages now directly linking to the official documents telling how to enable the remote control functionality in Control Center.
As a current support document states, Apple TV Remote is automatically placed in the Control Center with current versions of iOS, making it possible to control your Apple TV straight without the need for an additional app. While this app is merely dead now, the iTunes Remote-app is still alive for now despite being updated seven months ago, making it possible to control playback of Apple Music, iTunes and the Apple TV-app from a Mac or PC.