Could an Apple TV touch screen remote be on its way?

A file photo of an Apple TV remote control
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Though the possibility of an Apple TV is slim to none as far as we know for now, an Apple TV remote with a touch screen could still be on the horizon, according to

A patent application by the iPhone maker could lead to a TV remote with Touch ID, the site reports. However, the patent uses the vague term of "sensor configured to detect a biometric characteristic of a user."

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Implications for the remote, according to the report, include saving favorite channels on a TV or even for home automation applications such as changing the thermostat temperature.

A patent application, however, does not mean that Apple will actually mass produce the product.

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