Forthcoming Apple TVOS 9.2 Software Update to Add Voice Dictation in Text Fields

Forthcoming Apple TVOS 9.2 Software Update to Add Voice Dictation in Text Fields

Apple is really focused on improving the interface of the fourth-generation Apple TV, with the forthcoming tvOS 9.2 adding many great new App;e TV features. A beta version of 9.2 has been made available to developers, and they're sharing details of what we can expect. In an earlier post, I wrote about several new features that are coming: folders, support for Bluetooth keyboards, support for Live Photos, an improved app switcher, and Apple's Podcasts app. Last week a new beta version was released to developers that includes a key new feature everyone has been clamoring for: voice dictation in text fields.

Currently searching for apps entails the clumsy process of using the remote to select each letter, or using Apple's Remote app for the iPhone and iPad in conjunction with the Apple TV remote. The forthcoming software will let you dictate your search. The video below posted by 9To5Mac shows how it will work.


In addition, the voice dictation feature will be available to you when you enter your login credentials, according to a post on Macworld: "Voice dictation will allow you to speak your Apple ID information instead of swiping to find and tap each character." It's hard to imagine how this will work, given that login credentials are typically a mix of words and random characters, but I guess Siri will be able to recognize the difference.

Another major Apple TV development was reported by Cult of Mac: the ability to completely control the Apple TV using Apple's Remote app. Currently, its functionality is limited, but in an interview Apple executives Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi said the new version will let you use Siri on your iPhone to control your Apple TV, to use gestures on your iPhone rather than on the Apple TV remote, and to use your iPhone for multiplayer gaming. One player can be using the Apple TV remote and another can be using his or her iPhone.

Now that I have the fourth-generation Apple TV, I'm using it much more than I ever did when I had an earlier model. And I'm really looking forward to the new Apple TV features included in the tvOS 9.2 update. 

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.