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Apple has announced a major software update for the Apple TV, giving the streaming box a host of new abilities.

Such as? Siri can now handle dictation, so you can speak into the remote to enter text on screen. This includes usernames and passwords, and works on the App Store too.

You can access your entire iCloud Photo Library through the Apple TV, including any Live Photos you took with your iPhone. So now you can view them on the biggest screen in the house.

The device now supports Bluetooth keyboards, and lets you organise apps within folders, much like you can on iOS devices.

Plus it's added a new Podcast app, to help you organise your podcasts.

The update is called tvOS 9.2. It's free to download, and should be available now.

Apple announced that Apple TV now has over 5,000 apps available. Not bad, considering the latest version of Apple TV – the first to offer third-party apps – was only announced back in September 2015. It also introduced a new control with Siri (Apple's built-in personal assistant), as well as motion controls, and a faster processor.

Apple is also said to be readying a live TV service, though it's reportedly been delayed repeatedly due to negotiations with US TV networks.

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