tvOS 9.2 preview: Bluetooth keyboard support, folders, redesigned App Switcher, and Podcasts app [video + screenshots]

By , Jan 12, 2016

tvOS 9.2 beta 1 App Switcher

Potentially lost in all of the hype over the huge iOS 9.3 beta 1 release, was tvOS 9.2. This release was no slouch either, as it brings a much-wanted addition to the forth generation Apple TV. In this video, I’ll showcase many of the new features, including Bluetooth keyboard support, folder support, the redesigned App Switcher, and the new stock Podcasts app. Have a look…

Here’s what’s new

Bluetooth keyboard support

tvOS 9.2 beta 1 Bluetooth Keyboard

Bluetooth keyboard support headlines a solid beta release. Connecting a Bluetooth keyboard is super easy and straightforward. Being able to input text using the physical keyboard results in a more refined text input experience.


tvOS 9.2 beta 1 Folders

It’s been long suspected that the implementation of folders in tvOS was only a matter of when, and tvOS 9.2 beta 1 is that time. To be honest, creating and managing folders on the Apple TV feels a bit weird, because you’re using the Touch surface on the Siri remote to move app icons around on the Home screen. You don’t have the same 1:1 input ratio like you have when using your finger on the iPhone’s Home screen, so it seems a bit disconnected and “floaty”.

Redesigned App Switcher

tvOS 9.2 beta 1 App Switcher 2

I’ve heard some complaints about the new App Switcher redesign, but I think it looks pretty good. If anything, it seems to be a bit snappier than the previous App Switcher.

Podcast app

tvOS 9.2 beta 1 podcasts

It’s weird that there’s still no native Podcast app on the Apple Watch, but we’ll take what we can get. The presence of a Podcast app on the Apple TV just makes sense. The way it handles podcast show notes is pretty horrendous looking, though.


All in all, a pretty solid update for something that’s not a major release. The headlining feature is, of course, the ability to use Bluetooth keyboards with the Apple TV. That makes typing a much less painful process than it was before. Even with support for the iOS Remote App, I find that a physical Bluetooth keyboard is always the superior experience when it comes to text input.

What do you think about this update? Sound off in the comments with your thoughts and opinions.

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  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    I wonder.. This may be a stupid question but if the Apple Tv 4 is updated, can Kodi still be installed?

    • DOOManiac

      Should be fine. The whole reason Apple releases these betas is so that developers can test their apps on the version. With the new sideloading rules, Apple really can’t tell if you’re sideloading Kodi, Provenance, or your own custom app to legitimately test…

    • iBanks

      Kodi still works on mine.

    • Rowan09

      Yes when they came out with a new updated earlier this month or late last month I updated and it doesn’t affect Kodi at all as stated below by DOOManiac

  • Jeiivy

    How to install kodi?, By The Way can I use a micro usb?

  • JoGrant

    Hurrah for the support for bluetooth keyboards! Now if Apple could only redesign their input text characters layout for those who don’t have a bluetooth keyboard handy (a single line of the alphabetical characters is very inefficient for the user).

  • Cole Mahoney

    My folders on tvOS 9.2 don’t show icons when outside the folder, but when I click into the folder the icon appears. It only seems to happen with 3rd party apps.

    • Dodgy Debjit

      Yep, me too. Maybe a bug?

  • Rowan09

    Does this allow any Bluetooth controller or only Apple approved controllers?

  • James G

    Thanks for the video. Can’t wait for this update!

  • jmharper

    Wonder if the iCade will work now with this (since it was basically just a keyboard). There are a few games on the Apple TV 4 that had iCade support on iOS.