Apple releases tvOS 9.2 Beta 2 To Developers


Apple released tvOS 9.2 beta 2 for developers. The second beta arrives two weeks after the company released the first beta of tvOS 9.2. tvOS betas are a lot more difficult to install than other beta updates for iOS and OS X. To install a tvOS beta, you will need to be connected to a computer with a USB-C to USB-A cable, with the software downloaded and installed through iTunes or Apple Configurator. However, those who have already installed the first tvOS 9.2 beta will be eligible to obtain the update over-the-air (OTA).


This major update (tvOS 9.2) introduces support for Bluetooth keyboards. This feature lets you pair your keyboard to your Apple TV for text-based entry. Along with Bluetooth keyboard support comes grouping apps and folders on the Home screen. This feature works similar to the one on iOS devices and includes a new look for the App Switcher interface.

tvOS 9.2 also features support for the Podcasts app included in tvOS 9.1.1, which brings support for MapKit so developers can integrate maps into their tvOS apps. Folks will also find more languages supported by Siri in this update.

The second beta of tvOS for developers also includes iCloud Photo Library access. This feature can be enabled through the iCloud section of the Settings menu. In the current build of the public version of tvOS, users can only pull up Photo Stream content on the Apple TV.

And lastly, Live Photos can be accessed through the Photo Library, which existing or saved Live Photos to iCloud Photo Library can be played by pressing on the Siri Remote’s trackpad.

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