The second tvOS 9.2 beta is now available on the fourth-generation Apple TV. This update brings Apple TV 3 features including a Podcasts app and Bluetooth keyboard support to the latest streaming set-top box. The beta software also brings iOS-like features including app folders to the Apple TV. We’ll check out the latest beta version of the upcoming release and highlight any changes below.
The new Podcasts app is designed very much like the iOS 9 update to the app with a focus on unplayed episodes and current subscriptions. The first beta version of tvOS 9.2, however, lacked support for video podcasts and Siri control so this will be a space to watch. Earlier today, Apple released tvOS 9.1.1 which also includes the new Podcasts app for everyone.
Bluetooth keyboard support works just as expected. Pairing is easy and hardware keyboards can be used anywhere that text input is an option including search boxes. Basic navigation using arrow controls, escape, and the space bar is also supported.
Folders let you group similar apps like games into a scrolling view with three columns and infinite rows. This feature was previously unavailable on past Apple TV models, showing the benefit of the iOS-based tvOS platform. There’s also a new app switcher user interface that works more like iOS 9 and less like iOS 8.
Check out our hands-on with the original tvOS 9.2 beta:
Here’s what’s new:
- Apple’s Podcasts app now supports video playback … great for catching up on Apple keynotes.