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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 6:35 pm    Post subject: Apple TV delayed until mid-March Reply with quote

Apple TV delayed until mid-March
Monday, February 26, 2007
Posted by: Glenn

Apple said today that it will delay the release of the Apple TV until mid-March. "Wrapping up Apple TV is taking a few weeks longer than we projected, and we now expect to begin shipments mid-March," said Apple spokeswoman Lynn Fox. Steve Jobs introduced the Apple TV during his Macworld Expo keynote last month in San Francisco. AppleTV is designed to connect to a digital television and wirelessly stream music, videos and photos stored on a computer running Apple's iTunes Music Store. The device has a 40-gigabyte hard drive and can store up to 50 hours of video.



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope this does not mean that they are having technical issues with the design. I want to get one, but I plan to buy it from a local reseller instead of the local Apple store. That means, I'll probably be waiting until April, before I get my hands on one.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If they had some slight issues with a product like the Apple TV. I wonder how are things going with a more complicated device, like say the iPhone.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, per the iPhone TV ad last night, it's set for June...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just got this in the mail.

Quote:
Thank you for ordering the new Apple TV, an easy to use and fun way to
wirelessly play all your favorite iTunes content from your Mac or PC on your
widescreen TV.

Wrapping up Apple TV is taking a few weeks longer than we projected, and we
now expect to begin shipments in mid-March, not in February as originally
anticipated.

You may check the status of your order any time by visiting our online order
status website at http://www.apple.com/orderstatus.

A shipment notification, with tracking information, will be emailed to you as
soon as your order is shipped. There is no need to contact us unless you
choose to change or cancel your order.

We appreciate your business and thank you for shopping at the Apple Store!

Sincerely,
The Apple Store Team


I just hope the early Apple TVs don't suffer from Rev. A syndrome. I might cancel my order and wait for the reviews.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My shipping/delivery dates changed from february 28/march 3 to march 20/march 27.

I'm sorry to say this will also delay the CinnaMount TV, as I need a unit to design a mount. It gives me a bit more time to think about useful features though.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SOCOMRAIDER wrote:
If they had some slight issues with a product like the Apple TV. I wonder how are things going with a more complicated device, like say the iPhone.


Say "Hello" August! Razz

I think Apple will on time with the iPhone. They have so much banking on it. I don't think the Apple TV is as high profile.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like they're using the extra time to get through some lingering software problems. Hardware-related problems would almost absolutely cause a longer delay.

Hey, if they need a couple more weeks to QA the software, good with me. This whole thing is about user experience. If it ain't there, Apple TV falls flat.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jeremyh wrote:
Sounds like they're using the extra time to get through some lingering software problems.


or... integration with Leopard.

I agree. I don't think this is delay is hardware related. It's all about the software.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the bright side, Mac minis are shipping in 24 hours. Wink

I think the Mac mini is a more complete solution anyways. Better video, email, browsers, games, OS X and Front Row. This is what I want hooked up to my TV. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

g5g5 wrote:
jeremyh wrote:
Sounds like they're using the extra time to get through some lingering software problems.


or... integration with Leopard.

I agree. I don't think this is delay is hardware related. It's all about the software.


Dont think it has anything to do with Leopard since this is a mac and windows product. The speculation on the march release for 10.5 is just that some guy in his bassment there has yet to be any official word and if we dont hear anything soon it want be seen in march.

Its so funny how the stock droped 5.32% after this news. I personaly think the first gen Itv are overpriced for the features in witch it offers. Also this product has less use to any one out side of the USA since the ITunes store only sell the pixar shorts and music vids out side the states.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wgriffiths2000 wrote:
Dont think it has anything to do with Leopard since this is a mac and windows product.


I could be reaching, but it's possible that Vista could have something to do with it too. They already had to release the iTunes Repair Tool for Vista 1.0 a few weeks ago. This does seem like a tricky time to introduce a new piece of hardware. You have Vista just out and Leopard coming soon.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 11:51 am    Post subject: Games? New remote? Reply with quote

Since the "AppleTV + games" strings were discovered in iTunes 7.1, I'm guessing one of two things should happen.

Let's look at what's already in place:

1. The current "Front Row remote" can't support the same games as the iPods, since the remote doesn't have scroll capabilities.

2. Games that only require up/down/left/right + 1 button (since home is reserved to get back to the menu) brings us back to the days of Atari 2600 gaming. I can't see many games concepts being able to fit this control scheme.

2. It would be better if the games could be shared between iPods and Apple TV (same code, graphics, etc).

3. It seems to me like scrolling through long lists with the current remote, either on the Apple TV or Front Row, is not a good thing. A clickwheel, like the iPod, would work much better.

So, IMHO, the Apple TV will either ship with a new remote that has a clickwheel (like an iPod) or it will ship with the current remote and a new clickwheel remote will be sold separately (and be required for gaming). Front Row users could also purchase this new, better remote.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Hey, don't be dissing the Atari joystick. It could also do 45* angles.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yvan256 wrote:
Since the "AppleTV + games" strings were discovered in iTunes 7.1, I'm guessing one of two things should happen.


I think that theory was shot down.

I have mixed emotions about games on the Apple TV. I guess simple games would be entertaining, but I don't think Apple should take it beyond that. Plus, they would have to come out with a better controller. I think playing more intense games with the Apple remote would be silly. That leads me to my next point. The Apple TV doesn't include bluetooth, so what would they use for a better controller? USB is for service only. Rolling Eyes

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Hey, don't be dissing the Atari joystick. It could also do 45* angles.


Man those were the days! I used to play Combat for hours and hours.
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