What’s New in tvOS 9.2: Folders, MapKit support, Bluetooth Keyboards, and more

Alto's Adventure for Apple TV

Apple recently launched the first beta for its tvOS platform, the one running on the fourth-generation Apple TV, and some new features are starting to come to light.

The list of new features for tvOS 9.2 isn’t as robust as what’s found in iOS 9.3, but for owners of the set-top box that was launched in 2015, they should still be a welcomed addition. Developers are still going through the new software, so as new features are discovered we’ll be sure to add them below accordingly.

Here’s the list so far:

  • Folders: Similar to functionality found in iOS, tvOS 9.2 reveals the ability to group apps on the Home screen in folders.
  • Siri: The digital personal assistant has been upgraded to support more languages on the set-top box, including U.S. Spanish (for those in the U.S. only), along with French Canadian (for those in Canada only). In the United Kingdom, UK English, Australian, and U.S. English are now supported.
  • App Switcher: The interface for quickly switching apps on the new Apple TV has been altered, giving it a very iOS look to it.
  • MapKit: Maps will get support within tvOS apps now, as they officially support MapKit.
  • Podcasts: The Podcasts app from Apple is now officially present in tvOS 9.2.
  • Bluetooth Keyboards: For those that have been having a less-than-stellar time with text input, the new Apple TV now supports connecting to Bluetooth keyboards by way of tvOS 9.2 beta 1.

A relatively short list, but still adding features that have been oft-requested to date. Which of these new features are you looking forward to most, or what would you still like to see Apple add to the new Apple TV?