Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of tvOS 9.2 to Developers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today provided developers with the fourth beta of an upcoming 9.2 update to tvOS, the operating system that runs on the fourth-generation Apple TV and powers its built-in App Store. Today's tvOS 9.2 beta 4 comes two weeks after Apple released the third beta of tvOS 9.2 and a month after the release of tvOS 9.1.1, a minor update to tvOS 9.1. tvOS 9.2 has been in testing since January 11.

    tvOS betas are more difficult to install than beta updates for iOS and OS X. Installing the tvOS beta requires the Apple TV to be connected to a computer with a USB-C to USB-A cable, with the software downloaded and installed via iTunes or Apple Configurator. Those who have already installed the first three tvOS 9.2 betas will be able to download the fourth update over the air.

    tvOS 9.2 is a significant update for the tvOS operating system and new features have been added continually throughout the beta testing process. It brings support for Bluetooth keyboards, allowing a keyboard to be paired to the Apple TV for text entry. Bluetooth keyboard support is a major feature that was missing from previous versions of tvOS and its addition should make it much easier to do tasks like entering passwords on the fourth-generation Apple TV.

    Along with Bluetooth keyboard support, the tvOS 9.2 update introduces support for grouping apps into folders on the Home screen like on iOS devices, plus it includes a new look for the App Switcher interface and it brings support for iCloud Photo Library and Live Photos.


    Support for dictation allows Apple TV users to dictate text and spell user names and passwords rather than typing them in. Dictation capabilities are available in all countries where Siri is available on the Apple TV. With tvOS 9.2, Siri also gains the ability to search for App Store apps, improving app discovery. Siri can search for a specific app or bring up a category of apps, such as games.


    tvOS 9.2 also introduces MapKit so developers can incorporate maps into their tvOS apps, and it adds Siri support for US Spanish (in the US only) and French Canadian (in Canada only). UK English, Australian English, and US English are also now available as Siri options in the UK, Australian, and US Storefronts when English is set as the tvOS language.


    We'll update this post with any new features that are discovered in the fourth beta of tvOS 9.2.

    What's new in tvOS 9.2:

    Remote - According to the release notes, there's a firmware update for the Apple TV Remote. It includes improved motion sensor performance and support for additional sound bar and receiver hardware.

    Article Link: Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of tvOS 9.2 to Developers
  2. joshy123 macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2014
  3. dr01dy macrumors member

    May 3, 2007
    I would like to see the Plex pause bug go away. If you pause a move the status bar never disappears, anyone else seeing this ?
  4. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    Isn't that a plex issue?
  5. adenslayer macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2015
    "Those who have already installed the second tvOS 9.2 beta will be able to download the third update over the air."

    Should be...

    Those who have already installed the third tvOS 9.2 beta will be able to download the fourth update over the air.
  6. SgtPepper23 macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2010
    Los Angeles, California
    i've seen that happen on the current non-beta version. just a light tap on the remote's touchpad should make it go away
  7. rfahey79 macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2014
    My Apple TV 4 running 9.1 has a "Not on this TV" section in the app store...
  8. foxcub6 macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2011
    Have the fixed the photos so I can view my I cloud collection rather just photostream , and also the amount of repeat photos in the slideshow
  9. realeric macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2009
    United States
    I wish Apple add an app like Plex that can play mp4, mkv, avi and support shared folders without itunes.
  10. keastone macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2010
    This is not new to 9.2. This is available to anyone on the latest public release (9.1.1).
  11. Gorms macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2012
    Good news friend, Plex is available on Apple TV and has been since nearly day 1!
  12. A7ibaba macrumors regular


    Apr 19, 2012
  13. kyleh22 macrumors 6502


    Apr 26, 2012
    Baltimore, MD
    I'm looking forward to the public release. Folders and bluetooth keyboards will be great.
  14. rdlink macrumors 68040


    Nov 10, 2007
    Out of the Reach of the FBI
    Not seeing that. But I do have a situation whereby a television series I have on Plex prematurely ends episodes at around the 40 minute mark or so. Anyone else ever had this?
  15. Sean O'Hayer macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2016
    I noticed that too. I guess that's what happens when you copy/paste an entire article every time a new beta is released...
  16. Sbishop84 macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2015
    If I don't have a developer account is there anyway to install the tvOS 9.2 beta 4?
  17. CrzyP macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2012
    It would be nice if you could use Apple TV's Siri to control HomeKit devices.
  18. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    Anyone install the firmware update on the remote yet? I'd love to see if it improves the responsiveness/accuracy - for me the touch surface isn't always very accurate (yes, I've messed around with the speed in Settings).

    If I remember correctly, you have to plug the remote into your Mac and open iTunes (which will prompt you to update the firmware).
  19. ActionableMango macrumors 604


    Sep 21, 2010
    "Correct horse battery staple"
  20. SemperFi84 macrumors newbie


    Feb 22, 2016
    Edmonton, AB

    When you say an app 'like' Plex; is there a reason to not use Plex when there is nothing from Apple with similar features? I am currently using Plex on my Apple TV and it is gorgeous! Movies that would pixelate or tear on my PS4 are crystal clear on the Apple TV. Obviously the processing power used in the Apple TV is far superior to what Sony used in their Console.
  21. jonbauer macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2011
    Hm. Doesn't prompt me to update. Not sure how to initiate a remote upgrade. Anyone figure it out?
  22. CobraPA macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2011
    Lansdale, PA, USA
    it's in the tvOS release notes... (remote update instructions, that is.)
  23. jonbauer macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2011
    Oh cool. I don't have those. Care to share?
  24. rhoydotp macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2006
    I use both Plex and Fuse to do these things.
  25. chucker23n1 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2014

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