According to new reports, Apple's latest developer beta of tvOS 9.2 has introduced two new useful features.
This week, Apple rolled out the third update for tvOS 9.2 beta testers, adding voice dictation and App Store search for Siri. After enabling the dictation feature in Apple tvOS 9.2 beta 3, users can speak into the Siri remote. Previously, entering text on the Apple TV required a series of swipes and clicks across the device's horizontal row of letters. With the new dictation feature, users can enter everything from spelling out usernames and passwords to quick word entry in search boxes. The update also brings the ability to search the App Store from anywhere in the Apple TV interface using the Siri remote. Simply hold the Siri button and say commands like, "What games are in the App Store?". In addition to these features, tvOS 9.2 adds support for iCloud Photo Library, Live Photos, the App Switcher interface, and offers MapKit for developers. Currently tvOS 9.2 is only available to developers.
While tvOS 9.2 is limited to developers at this time, a public release is expected later this year, possibly alongside Apple's other OS updates. According to numerous reports, Apple will debut the OSes at a launch event on March 15. The event is also expected to see the debut of a new budget iPhone, the iPad Air 3, and an Apple Watch update. The budget iPhone is rumored to be called the iPhone 5se and is said to look like an iPhone 5 with some iPhone 6 features including the updated A9 chip, Apple Pay support, and some software updates. Apple has not confirmed this event at this time.
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