iPhone soon becoming 'full replacement' for Apple TV remote

Yep, that even means using it as a game controller.

Devindra Hardawar, Engadget

TV remotes are all well and good, but they have a nasty habit of coming up missing at the worst possible moment -- Apple TV's new wand isn't immune to this malady. It should come as good news then that Cupertino's planning an update for the remote app on iOS with new features like voice commands with Siri. The news comes by way of an interview with Apple's Eddie Cue and Craig Federighi on tech pundit John Gruber's podcast this week.

More than that, if you're playing a two player game, an iPhone can sub in as a second controller. Handy! "It really is a full replacement," Federighi says. Beyond "a couple of months," though, there's no firm release date for the update. If you want more insight into Apple TV stuff (like Bluetooth keyboard support), check out the full episode; app talk starts at 22:09.