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Some customers began receiving word on Wednesday that their new Apple TV set-top box has shipped, with delivery even scheduled for a day early.

One AppleInsider reader sent a copy of their shipment notification for a new Apple TV they ordered last Wednesday, after it was officially announced. The living room media player sells for $99.

Apple's e-mail states that the package will deliver on March 16, but FedEx's own tracking information shows the item is scheduled to be delivered in the U.S. a day early, on Thursday. The new Apple TV will officially go on sale this Friday, the same day as the new iPad.

The new Apple TV, announced last week, outputs high-definition 1080p video, thanks to a new custom single-core A5 processor found in the device. To support this functionality, 1080p content is available on iTunes, and the Netflix Instant Watch application has also been updated.

In addition to Netflix, 1080p content available on the new Apple TV includes iTunes movies and TV shows, Vimeo, and photos. Apple has also updated its iTunes in the Cloud functionality, allowing customers to play movies and TV shows bought on the iTunes Store instantly on their Apple TV.




While the tracking info suggests that some Apple TVs may arrive a day early, customers who ordered Apple's third-generation iPad are probably less likely to receive their delivery early. Though shipments for the earliest third-generation iPad orders went out last week, the packages remain in holding ahead of Friday's official launch.

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Just received my FedEx notice:

Ship date Mar 14, 2012
Estimated delivery Mar 15, 2012 by 3:00 PM
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Originally Posted by drice4444 View Post

Just received my FedEx notice:

Ship date Mar 14, 2012
Estimated delivery Mar 15, 2012 by 3:00 PM

Dittos here.
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Where do you two live?
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My thenewipad has been stuck in Anchorage for 4 days now \
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My thenewipad has been stuck in Anchorage for 4 days now \

Mine has been stuck in the city next door for 5 days now.

PS: I think you can just call it iPad.

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I received an automated call from Fedex today telling me of a delivery tomorrow requiring signature. Checking the tracking info for my orders shows my AppleTV will arrive on the 15th (tomorrow), but the iPad is still scheduled for the 16th.
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I ordered one at the same time as my new iPad as soon as the UK online store came back up after the announcement and my order still shows "Processing Items, Dispatched 16-19th March" so it doesn't look like I'm getting mine on release day
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Don't care...ship my iPad already...sitting in Nashville for almost nearly a week where it brings joy to NO ONE!
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Mine has been stuck in the city next door for 5 days now.

PS: I think you can just call it iPad.

Your sarcasm detector is faulty
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Can someone tell me what the new AppleTV does that my year old AppleTV doesn't do, other than deliver 1080? And since I only use my AppleTV to watch Netflix, which does not do HD, would it then be pointless to buy the new one?

and btw, my new iPad has made it to the Louisville hub and is scheduled to be here Friday.
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Don't care...ship my iPad already...sitting in Nashville for almost nearly a week where it brings joy to NO ONE!

Mine Has been In Carson Ca for days
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Can someone tell me what the new AppleTV does that my year old AppleTV doesn't do, other than deliver 1080? And since I only use my AppleTV to watch Netflix, which does not do HD, would it then be pointless to buy the new one?

Maybe it's your settings, but I watch HD Netflix (well, 720p) through my 2nd AppleTV all the time. In fact, I was more excited by the updated AppleTV than the new iPad last week. The 1080p AppleTV will fit nicely with my living room HDTV, and I can put the 720p ATV on the little tv in my hobby room.
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Can someone tell me what the new AppleTV does that my year old AppleTV doesn't do, other than deliver 1080? And since I only use my AppleTV to watch Netflix, which does not do HD, would it then be pointless to buy the new one?

and btw, my new iPad has made it to the Louisville hub and is scheduled to be here Friday.

1) 1080p is pretty much it but in the HW the Apple ASIC is better in order for the 4.0 Profile which could mean the quad-core GPU and 1GB RAM instead of 256(?) MB.

2) Netflix does offer 1080p.

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Just received my FedEx notice:

Ship date Mar 14, 2012
Estimated delivery Mar 15, 2012 by 3:00 PM

same here
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Originally Posted by ravijain View Post

same here

+1. says will be here tomorrow.
post #17 of 35
this also happened though, with my iPad 2 last year.
said it would come a day early, but still came on release day Saturday.
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Where do you two live?

Texas and I work from home. Anyone have examples of 1080p content I can redownload? I tried a few Disney items.
post #19 of 35
Just got notice that my Apple TV will be delivered tomorrow!! Woohoo! Can't wait to see what it can do!
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The Apple TVs will come on Friday. Apple's standard practice is to give no one an advantage. There is a hold on the delivery at the last distribution point, and the computer didn't take that into account when it issued the notice.
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Anyone have examples of 1080p content I can redownload?

I apologize if you already know this:
  • In iTunes, press Command+comma for Preferences
  • Click on the green shopping bag icon for Store Preferences
  • Choose 1080p from the drop down list next to "When downloading High Definition videos"

From then on, your HD downloads will be in 1080p wherever possible. You can then delete a video from iTunes and redownload it from iCloud to get 1080p.
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Maybe it's your settings, but I watch HD Netflix (well, 720p) through my 2nd AppleTV all the time. In fact, I was more excited by the updated AppleTV than the new iPad last week. The 1080p AppleTV will fit nicely with my living room HDTV, and I can put the 720p ATV on the little tv in my hobby room.

I am confused on why I would buy an Apple TV device, especially since I am not interested in Netflix.
Can someone explain to me, seriously? I am not a troll, just don't get what I will truly use it for?
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1) 1080p is pretty much it but in the HW the Apple ASIC is better in order for the 4.0 Profile which could mean the quad-core GPU and 1GB RAM instead of 256(?) MB.

2) Netflix does offer 1080p.

I'm very excited to see the tear down. If have of what you say is true- that's be awesome. I'll take 512mb, and an a5 w/ dual core gpu.

My main hope is they have a better wifi setup inside that they didn't mention (like last years airport updates).

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My main hope is they have a better wifi setup inside that they didn't mention (like last years airport updates).

At $99 and a hobby my first thought is that 802.11ac will not be a hidden HW feature.

I don't expect to see 802.11ac until, at the earliest, the next round of MBPs at which point I hope we get new routers.

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I am confused on why I would buy an Apple TV device, especially since I am not interested in Netflix.
Can someone explain to me, seriously? I am not a troll, just don't get what I will truly use it for?

I use it for three reasons- others use it for more.

1- streaming music from iTunes match or iTunes library on Mac.
2- streaming kids movies and tv shows for my daughter (she isn't anal about video and sound quality like I am).
3- photo stream slideshows while background music is on.

Others really like to use it for mirroring they iPad or iPhone and surf the Internet, watch videos, play games, or whatever you'd normally do on your phone. I don't use it, but others do.


In all seriousness- apple tv is great of you're immersed in the ecosystem. If you aren't and just have a phone and no large iTunes library, a Roku box is a million times better (Hulu, HBOgo, USB attachment for music libraries, etc). Much more features. But alas- I'm stuck with apple (by choice )

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At $99 and a hobby my first thought is that 802.11ac will not be a hidden HW feature.

I don't expect to see 802.11ac until, at the earliest, the next round of MBPs at which point I hope we get new routers.

I'm not saying ac, just better range. Much like the last airport. Still wireless n, but much greater range.

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I use it for three reasons- others use it for more.

1- streaming music from iTunes match or iTunes library on Mac.
2- streaming kids movies and tv shows for my daughter (she isn't anal about video and sound quality like I am).
3- photo stream slideshows while background music is on.

Others really like to use it for mirroring they iPad or iPhone and surf the Internet, watch videos, play games, or whatever you'd normally do on your phone. I don't use it, but others do.


In all seriousness- apple tv is great of you're immersed in the ecosystem. If you aren't and just have a phone and no large iTunes library, a Roku box is a million times better (Hulu, HBOgo, USB attachment for music libraries, etc). Much more features. But alas- I'm stuck with apple (by choice )


Thanks...I am trying to really understand what else? I mean it seems cool, but not many of those features "WOW" me. I'm in the ecosystem, have two mbp's, iPad 2 and 2 4s's ..
Would like one, but I can't justify to my wife! LOL
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Thanks...I am trying to really understand what else? I mean it seems cool, but not many of those features "WOW" me. I'm in the ecosystem, have two mbp's, iPad 2 and 2 4s's ..
Would like one, but I can't justify to my wife! LOL

Wife felt the same way. When I hooked ours up (15 months ago) she was like, "What is that?!?"

Then, when she was able to play her iTunes music through the sound system, she was like, "Why didn't you get one of these earlier?"

Me? I use it as part of my "cutting the cord." I dropped cable (14 months ago). We get content via Apple TV or Roku. Not everything we used to get, to be sure, but a lot of stuff. Some content is only available (or most cost-effective) via iTunes, so the Apple TV works great for that. For Hulu+ or Amazon Instant Video, it's the Roku. For Netflix, it's whichever device we watched last.

My son has one, and also loves the Wall Street Journal, MLB and NBA channels; NHL not so much.

Apple TV might not be something you'd want, or care for if you got it. But do consider this: you might not need one "wow" feature; several little features may add up to make it worthwhile.

You're doing the right thing, though, getting feedback before you plunk down a Benjamin on a device. For me, it was worth it.
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I'm not saying ac, just better range. Much like the last airport. Still wireless n, but much greater range.

Gotcha. I guess we'll see if it has a different antenna assembly in the iFixit teardown. If that doesn't do it maybe a reviewer will do a comparative test to determine the range.

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The Apple TVs will come on Friday. Apple's standard practice is to give no one an advantage. There is a hold on the delivery at the last distribution point, and the computer didn't take that into account when it issued the notice.

Maybe so. The email I got from Apple says it'll be delivered Thursday. I can't check the Apple Store (it's "busy updating"). But, last time I did, it said deliver between March 15 and March 21.

Of course, Apple's dates are just passing through what FedEx said. Running the tracking number from FedEx says it'll deliver Thursday (it's been in Memphis 3½ hours as I type this).
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The Apple TVs will come on Friday. Apple's standard practice is to give no one an advantage. There is a hold on the delivery at the last distribution point, and the computer didn't take that into account when it issued the notice.

No, mine is on FedEx vehicle & out for local delivery now (Thursday).
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No, mine is on FedEx vehicle & out for local delivery now (Thursday).

Mine too. On the truck for delivery.

PaulD
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Delivered: 9:41 AM ET
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I just got a call from FedEx that mine is ready for pickup at my local FedEx!!!
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Thanks...I am trying to really understand what else? I mean it seems cool, but not many of those features "WOW" me. I'm in the ecosystem, have two mbp's, iPad 2 and 2 4s's ..
Would like one, but I can't justify to my wife! LOL

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Wife felt the same way. When I hooked ours up (15 months ago) she was like, "What is that?!?"

Then, when she was able to play her iTunes music through the sound system, she was like, "Why didn't you get one of these earlier?"

Me? I use it as part of my "cutting the cord." I dropped cable (14 months ago). We get content via Apple TV or Roku. Not everything we used to get, to be sure, but a lot of stuff. Some content is only available (or most cost-effective) via iTunes, so the Apple TV works great for that. For Hulu+ or Amazon Instant Video, it's the Roku. For Netflix, it's whichever device we watched last.

My son has one, and also loves the Wall Street Journal, MLB and NBA channels; NHL not so much.

Apple TV might not be something you'd want, or care for if you got it. But do consider this: you might not need one "wow" feature; several little features may add up to make it worthwhile.

You're doing the right thing, though, getting feedback before you plunk down a Benjamin on a device. For me, it was worth it.

dbdukes brought up some good points. But with all you have Apple-wise, whats another $100? Get it. If you don't use it or dislike it, then sell it on Craigslist for $80-90 (I also believe Apple has some sort of return policy).

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