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tvOS 9.2 bringing Dictation to the mix

Apple’s rolled out new versions of beta software for iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS, and the latter has one of the more interesting new features, according to MacRumors:

There’s now support for onscreen text entry via dictation in countries where Siri is available. When updating to tvOS 9.2 beta 3, users will be prompted to enable or disable dictation. With dictation, Apple TV users can dictate text and spell user names and passwords rather than typing them.

I’ve long had mixed results with Dictation on both iOS and OS X, and while I welcome the addition for the set-top box, I do find myself scratching my head a bit as to the specific application of Dictation for usernames and passwords. I don’t know about you, but neither my username nor my password is super easy to say, and in many cases the latter is definitely based more on typing muscle memory rather than remembering the actual password. Which once again prompts me to ask: why no keychain?