Now that tvOS has been updated to version 9.2, fourth-generation Apple TV owners may be wondering what's included in the free update and whether they should install it or not. While there's nothing in the new firmware that dramatically changes the capabilities of Apple's set top box, tvOS 9.2 is certainly worthwhile. Apple TV fans should not hesitate to update as the features listed below are welcome improvements.
One of the highlights of the fourth-generation Apple TV is the Siri Remote. Compared to the previous Apple TV remote control, the Siri Remote vastly expands on its capabilities. In addition to a glass Touch surface for navigation and swipe gestures, the unit listens with dual microphones for voice commands. The Siri Remote even doubles as a gaming controller, with a built-in gyroscope and accelerometer. Apple has long offered the Remote app for iOS devices to get in on the action.
The biggest change to your iPhone and iPad in iOS 9 is Siri. Apple's intelligent personal assistant has graduated from just taking voice commands to also dictating your Spotlight Search by using your personal information to suggest frequently used contacts, apps, news and other relevant data. Users can use the search option on their device to find sports scores and schedules, to get stock prices and more. Users can also ask Siri to perform several new tasks thanks to iOS 9. Here are few new tricks Siri can perform:
iOS 9 adds an improved Spotlight search that utilizes Siri to suggest frequently used contacts, apps, news and other data. Some users are disabling this feature to speed up their devices, or because the information is annoying or irrelevant. Here's how to disable Siri Suggestions:
1. Open the Settings app on your device
2. Navigate to General > Spotlight Search
3. Tap the Siri Suggestions slider so it is OFF / WHITE
The three-year old Apple TV has finally been refreshed. Apple detailed the next generation Apple TV at its fall media event. Highlights include a brand new remote control, which adds touch controls and Siri integration to the experience. The top surface of the remote is designed with a glass surface for easy swiping and touch selection. Siri brings voice search to the device, spanning multiple content sources such as Netflix and Hulu and returning all relevant watching options in one place.