watchOS 2.2 and tvOS 9.2 get third beta updates

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Developers can now download the third beta builds of tvOS 9.2 and watchOS 2.2, which bring a number of changes to the Apple Watch and Apple TV platforms.

Apple’s release notes for the software updates don’t contain clues about the new features, but users who have already installed tvOS 9.2 beta 3 report that it adds the ability to use dictation to insert text in search fields as well as the ability to use Siri search in the App Store.

Beyond that, the new betas likely focus on refining additions introduced in the previous two updates.

To download watchOS 2.2 beta 3, developers will first need to install iOS 9.3 beta 3 on their iPhone, after which they’ll be able to update their Apple Watch software by going to General >> Software Update.

tvOS betas are a bit more complicated, requiring developers to connect the Apple TV to a Mac with a USB cable in order to install the software via iTunes.

With watchOS 2.2, Apple has introduced new features like a new Maps app and the ability to pair more than one Apple Watch to an iPhone. tvOS 9.2 brings support for Bluetooth keyboards as well as the ability to organize Apple TV apps into folders.

We’ll find out what other goodies Apple has added in the updates as soon as we get them installed. If you happen to spot something new yourself, drop us a tip in the comments below.