Apple today silently removed its “Apple TV Remote” app from the App Store, which lets users control the Apple TV from an iPhone or iPad simulating a real Remote. The app is no longer available for download from the App Store and Apple has likely discontinued it, which means that it will no longer get any updates.
Accordingly, the support entry for the Apple TV Remote app has changed to tell people how to add remote control to Control Center.
This won’t be great news if you’re using an older Apple mobile device that can’t run iOS 12 and don’t already have the app (if your device can handle it, that is). It’s safe to say the company gave people a fair amount of time to update, though, and there’s always the physical remote (as imperfect as it is) if necessary.
The Apple TV Remote app is different from the iTunes Remote app, which lets users remotely play songs and videos on an Apple TV or Mac — and this app is still available on the App Store for free.