iOS 6 Lets You Move Your Apple TV's Icons


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If you've paid much attention to the news surrounding iOS 6, you know that the next version of Apple's mobile operating system will be bringing a whole lot of new features for Apple's fleet of devices when it launches alongside the new iPhone this fall. Some of those features were discussed at Apple's WWDC 2012 keynote two weeks ago. Others have been discovered since. A few of those were introduced earlier this week with the second iOS 6 beta release.

Now Brazilian site MacMagazine (Google Translation) has discovered a new feature. This one, however, isn't for the iPhone, nor is it for the iPad. It isn't even for the iPod Touch. It's for the Apple TV. It seems that with iOS 6, you will finally be able to reorder the icons on your Apple TV's main menu.

As you can see from the video, the interface isn't quite the same as it is on touchscreen iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad. The icon has the same characteristic wiggle you'll see on your iPhone, but only one icon at a time can be manipulated. Whereas holding down the home button on your iPad makes all the icons wiggle - and keep wiggling until you're done and hit the button again - the Apple TV's lack of a touch interface means things have to be done a little differently. You access "wiggle mode" by holding down the center button on your Apple TV remote, then use the arrows to move the icon to where you want it to be. Once you're done, you have to navigate to the next icon you want to move, then repeat the process.

While the process of moving Apple TV icons around is a little more cumbersome than on a touchscreen device, it's still a welcome addition to the Apple TV.