Apple Releases tvOS 9.2 for Apple TV 4 to the public

Apple has just released tvOS 9.2 to the public, marking the second major update to the tvOS operating system since the fourth-generation Apple TV was released in October. tvOS 9.2 has been in beta since January 11 and brings a slew of new features that were introduced throughout the testing period.

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tvOS 9.2 includes a number of new features and improvements, including the much-needed ability to create folders on the Home screen, support for Bluetooth keyboards, voice dictation input for search and username/password entry and complete iCloud Photo Library support.

 tvOS 9.2 also makes it easier to scrub through video, thanks to a new way to bring up the ability by clicking the glass trackpad on the Siri Remote first, instead of accidental activations. Users will now have to first click on the glass trackpad to access the preview window and then swipe left or right to move backwards or forward through the video they are watching. This means that the video will pause before the scrubbing can take place, but that should help to avoid any accidental activations, which was quite frustrating.

The new software also includes support for U.S. Spanish (for those in the U.S. only), French Canadian (for those in Canada only), UK English (for the United Kingdom) Australian (U.S. English) for Siri, redesigned app switcher, and MapKit support.

tvOS 9.2 is limited to the fourth-generation Apple TV as older hardware is not supported by the new firmware. For detailed information about the security content of this software update, see Apple Security Updates.

Jailbreakers please note that Pangu team has announced that they will be releasing an Apple TV 4 jailbreak for tvOS 9.0 – iOS 9.0.1. So if you’re still on tvOS 9.0 – tvOS 9.0.1, then you should avoid upgrading to tvOS 9.2.

If you don’t care about jailbreaking then the new tvOS 9.2 update can be downloaded over the air through the Settings app on the Apple TV by going to System > Software Update. If you’ve automatic software updates turned on, your Apple TV 4 will be upgraded to the new tvOS 9.2 operating system automatically.

So, what do you think about tvOS 9.2? Sound off in the comment section.

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