Apple Releases tvOS 10.2 With Improved Scrolling

Apple today released tvOS 10.2, marking the second major update to the tvOS operating system that was released in September of 2016. tvOS 10.2 has been in testing since January 24, with Apple having seeded six betas to developers before releasing the software to the public.

The tvOS 10.2 update can be downloaded on the fourth-generation Apple TV using the Settings app. Go to System --> Software Update to install. For those who have automatic software updates turned on, the Apple TV will be upgraded to tvOS 10.2 automatically.


According to Apple's beta release notes, tvOS 10.2 introduces improved scrolling behavior, allowing tvOS users to scroll through large lists of information more quickly. A longer swipe on the Siri remote activates the new scrolling mode, and a swipe on the right side of the remote allows users to navigate specific indexes.

While Apple's release information only focused on the new scrolling mode, the update also likely includes other small feature tweaks under-the-hood bug fixes and performance improvements.

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5 weeks ago

I hope they provided a feature to disable voiceover, getting real tired of having my son trigger voiceover and then hearing him shout at Siri to turn voice over off every other morning.

Clearly you need a software update for your son, not for Apple TV. ;)
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5 weeks ago
Well, I updated my Apple TV to tvOS 10.2, and now Safari is much snappier.
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5 weeks ago
oh you need the siri remote? i threw that across the room a long time ago, i think it might be under the fridge. worst piece of engineering ive ever seen in my life for a remote. did they even R&D it?

doesnt matter how many updates it gets, wont ever fix the problem of the touch panel always being active without a way to disable it
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5 weeks ago
Please DTS-HD en TrueHD passthrough... Also, HEVC 265 videocodec support please! PLEASE!
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5 weeks ago

oh you need the siri remote? i threw that across the room a long time ago, i think it might be under the fridge. worst piece of engineering ive ever seen in my life for a remote. did they even R&D it?

doesnt matter how many updates it gets, wont ever fix the problem of the touch panel always being active without a way to disable it


An easy update would enable the touch to only respond after you click the big button first. That's a pretty simple update. Right?
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5 weeks ago

Does this mean we have 2 or even 3 new ways to scroll? Guh.

You don't want to maybe wait until after you try it, to complain?
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5 weeks ago

I hope they provided a feature to disable voiceover, getting real tired of having my son trigger voiceover and then hearing him shout at Siri to turn voice over off every other morning.


That has been possible for quite a while. Instructions here ('https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202149')
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5 weeks ago
I hope they provided a feature to disable voiceover, getting real tired of having my son trigger voiceover and then hearing him shout at Siri to turn voice over off every other morning.
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5 weeks ago
"Auto Update" has not installed a single tvOS update automatically on my Apple TV. I have always had to manually update through the system menu.
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3 weeks ago
The AppleTv really needs a backup to iCloud like any other iOS device.

After the update bricked my ATV (and forced me to buy an USB-C cable at Walgreens at 2am), it took me more than one hour to get my ATV back the way it was: I had to wait for every app to download to then set them up, and the whole thing is surprisingly very time consuming (Thanks partially to Comcast not supporting single sign on)

Furthermore I would think that restoring from an iCloud backup could be also useful when one is adding a second AppleTv in their home.
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