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Apple today provided developers with the sixth 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 6 update comes more than a week after Apple released the fifth beta of tvOS 9.2 and one and a half months 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 tvOS 9.2 betas will be able to download the sixth update over the air.


tvOS 9.2 is a significant update for the tvOS operating system and new features have been added 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. There's an update for the Apple TV Remote firmware, adding improved motion sensor performance and support for additional sound bar and receiver hardware.

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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.

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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.

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We'll update this post with any new features that are discovered in the sixth beta of tvOS 9.2, which may be the last beta we'll see. tvOS 9.2 is likely nearing the end of its beta testing period and could see a public release soon.

Article Link: Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of tvOS 9.2 to Developers
 

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I've had to install each edition of this beta manually, which is very frustrating. It does NOT appear as an OTA update under any circumstance.
 
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I've had to install each edition of this beta manually, which is very frustrating. It does NOT appear as an OTA update under any circumstance.

They have changed how OTA beta updates work. Previously, you installed a beta version then OTA updates would be automatic. Now you have to install the beta profile file onto the device. This allows you to get onto the beta OTA initially, and then once you want to stop getting beta updates you just remove the profile.
 
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I hope they fix the slideshow issues finally. I've been tempted to try the betas to see, but haven't had the time. :)
 
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They have changed how OTA beta updates work. Previously, you installed a beta version then OTA updates would be automatic. Now you have to install the beta profile file onto the device. This allows you to get onto the beta OTA initially, and then once you want to stop getting beta updates you just remove the profile.

I've tried following their instructions for installing the configuration profile and can't get it installed. Obviously thats my problem. I'll keep trying..
Their instructions are terrible btw,
 
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I want this! Please get it ready soon. I used to run betas on most of my devices, but the instability is not worth it to me to have it early anymore.
 
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My Apple TV is pretty buggy with album art when air playing music from my iPhone. It's always 'stuck' on the first songs art. I also get an occasional error when trying to playing a song, saying this action can't be completed (on my phone). Force quitting the music app and reopening it seems to fix it and then let's me AirPlay the song.

Anyone else experience these issues and are they fixed in these betas?
 
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I'm looking very forward to this!!

Beta Testers: is there anything major shown that's new aside from the Siri dictation and ability for folders on home screen? I'm an OS updating fool! Idk why, but it always makes me excited.
 
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I've tried following their instructions for installing the configuration profile and can't get it installed. Obviously thats my problem. I'll keep trying..
Their instructions are terrible btw,

Is this what you are using:

Where are you running into problems? Somewhere might know.
 
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I'm looking very forward to this!!

Beta Testers: is there anything major shown that's new aside from the Siri dictation and ability for folders on home screen? I'm an OS updating fool! Idk why, but it always makes me excited.

Bluetooth keyboard support.

Still waiting for public Bluetooth keyboard support before I rebuy another ATV4. Beta 6???

Bluetooth keyboard support is part of this 9.2 update. Which should be released very soon (within 2 weeks)
 
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They have changed how OTA beta updates work. Previously, you installed a beta version then OTA updates would be automatic. Now you have to install the beta profile file onto the device. This allows you to get onto the beta OTA initially, and then once you want to stop getting beta updates you just remove the profile.
Also, make sure you reboot your ATV after you download the configuration file.
 
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XRayLexx

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Can anyone test if the Home Sharing Play Count issue is resolved with iTunes? When playing music on Apple TV is the Play Count being updated in iTunes? It's the only thing stopping me from using my Apple TV 4th Gen right now.
 
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