Features I Want: Find my Remote
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Over the holidays, I must have lost my Apple TV remote a dozen times. At least. Sometimes I lost it in plain sight. The all-black face of the new remotes makes them almost perfectly camouflaged on dark furniture, in shadows, on in the depths of the couch cushions.
What I need is a "find my remote" included in the Find My iPhone app. The latest version of the Apple TV remote uses Bluetooth (and possible BLE), so geolocation should be theoretically possible using the same technology as the many BLE tracking beacons like Tile, TrackR, etc.
However, my Apple TV remote will probably never leave my house, so geolocation is really of limited value (unless you like to travel with your Apple TV). However, being able to trigger a sound on the remote would be extremely helpful to find the little bugger in the couch, another room, etc. I know the current remote doesn't include a speaker, but a cheap piezo speaker would be an easy add to future versions.
Locking, wiping, etc. are also of little value for a remote. I thought about a "disable" or "unpair" function. But what would be more valuable is the ability to quickly launch or (install and launch) the remote app for iOS. If you've given up on your remote, a handy way to order a replacement may also be useful.