Apple iOS is many things, one of which is a preview to features Apple is working on the future. If you dig deep enough, you may just find what’s coming next. According to 9to5Mac, one such feature is Siri support for Apple TV. The reference is in the current iOS 7.1.1 and iOS 7.1 software builds.
A resource document references the bundle name ‘Assistant’, which is the internal moniker for Siri. With each bundle, there are supported devices, grouped by family. The UIDeviceFamily lists support for three product lines: The iPad, iPod touch and IPhone are represented by 1, 2. The new addition here is ’3′ which is for the Apple TV.
Of course, the current generation Apple TV has no microphone, but there have been persistant rumors of a refresh. Adding support for Siri is one the top five things we’d add to make the Apple TV awesome. In the crowded field of streaming media players, only the new Amazon Fire offers this feature. While limited to Amazon Prime, Crackle and Showtime, it’s a game-changing feature.
If Apple were to implement voice search using a new, improved remote, it might present an upgrade path for owners of previous generation models. Another workaround could be integration with Siri on iOS 8, allowing you to voice search your Apple TV using your iPhones.