Among the big changes to the remote are a touch pad, a thicker size and the elimination of all but two of its buttons, the Times reported citing unidentified sources.
The updated remote is expected to be released in June at Apple's annual developers conference in San Francisco. Along with the remote, developers will hear about a new version of Apple TV and the tech giant's strategy to entice cord-cutters, according to Buzzfeed.
Earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was working with content creators to bundle about 25 channels for about $30 to $40 a month starting this fall.
HBO Now, a $15 a month version of HBO's streaming service, launched this spring, allowing users to access HBO on Apple devices without a cable or satellite subscription.