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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 7:57 am    Post subject: Apple Starts Shipping Apple TV Reply with quote

Apple Starts Shipping Apple TV
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Posted by: Brian

Apple today began shipping its Apple TV device to customers. The Apple TV was originally scheduled to ship to customers in February, but was delayed for unknown reasons. The Apple TV is designed to connect to a digital television and wirelessly stream music, videos and photos stored on a computer running Apple's iTunes software. The device has a 40-gigabyte hard drive and can store up to 50 hours of video. The Apple TV is priced at US$299, and is shipping in three to five days from the Apple Store.



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine is one the way from Shenzhen. It should be here by noon Friday. I just hope these things don't suffer from Revision A syndrome. Fingers crossed!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine was also shipped today, via FedEx. It was ordered from the Apple Canada website right after their online store went back online after the announcement.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's good to see Apple finally SHIP something new. Razz

I'm still undecided when it comes to the Apple TV, so I guess it will depend on the reviews. I would also like to see Apple offer some higher quality 720p videos in the iTMS first.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ben_tex wrote:
It's good to see Apple finally SHIP something new. Razz


This is great. I'd much rather talk about products than rumors Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
This is great. I'd much rather talk about products than rumors Rolling Eyes


Okay then, let's get started.

I heard about the upcoming AppleTV mini, which is portable and has a built-in LCD display and... oh wait that's the current iPod model.

Ok, how about the AppleTV Pro, which has a built-in 24" LCD display and... oh wait that's the 24" iMac.

I got nothing. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
This is great. I'd much rather talk about products than rumors Rolling Eyes


Most definitely! I'm so tired of rumors! Mad

I hope Apple posts the Apple TV user's manual soon, because I'm anxious to learn more about how this thing works and operates. But like I said before, I'm still in no rush to buy one.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ben_tex wrote:
I hope Apple posts the Apple TV user's manual soon, because I'm anxious to learn more about how this thing works and operates..


Yeah, I would like to read things over and get a jump-start before mine arrives. I don't imagine it will be hard to set up, but I always like to read the manual to avoid those RTFM situations. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have questions about the product before I buy one.

1.) How much electricity does it use when its there idling? I know the thing could be syncing w/ my computer but i'm interested in when its not doing anything.

2.) How does iTunes gather photos or does it? I'm curious to know how apple tv gets the photos.

3.) How do I put my existing DVDs on there?
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Crazibri wrote:
1.) How much electricity does it use when its there idling? I know the thing could be syncing w/ my computer but i'm interested in when its not doing anything.


That's a good question. It has a built-in 48-watt universal power supply, but that doesn't tell you what it does in a sleep type mode. It will be interesting to see how you set it up to check for new content and how it sleeps. I wonder if you'll be able to put it to sleep with the Apple remote?

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2.) How does iTunes gather photos or does it? I'm curious to know how apple tv gets the photos.?


I would assume the same method as getting pictures from iPhoto on to your iPod in iTunes. The Apple TV is basically going to show up like an iPod in iTunes.

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3.) How do I put my existing DVDs on there?


You'll need to use HandBrake and rip them to MPEG-4 or H.264. Then import them into iTunes.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uncle Walt has written the first review I've seen for the Apple TV.
http://users1.wsj.com/lmda/do/checkLogin?mg=evo-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB117443716237743525.html%3Fmod%3Dtechnology_featured_stories_hs

There's also a 6 minute video review about half way down this page under the heading "The Mossberg Solution". I don't know how long it will last there though.
http://online.wsj.com/public/page/technology.html?mod=1_0013&
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:11 am    Post subject: Free upgraded shipping? Reply with quote

It seems my shipping option has been upgraded to 2 day shipping.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm on the fence when it comes to the Apple TV. I think it would be cool to have one since I use my Mac mini primarily for everyday computing. It would let me extend my media to a larger screen. It's not like I really like watching movies and TV shows on a 20" display. That said, I think the Apple TV just costs too much. It would have been more attractive under $200.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to Mossberg's review, the Apple TV works only on TVs that can handle widescreen-content (either widescreen TVs or those with vertical-compression). CNET reports it as EDTV and HDTVs only. But how often are they right? Laughing
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SOCOMRAIDER wrote:
According to Mossberg's review, the Apple TV works only on TVs that can handle widescreen-content (either widescreen TVs or those with vertical-compression). CNET reports it as EDTV and HDTVs only. But how often are they right? Laughing


Walt Mossberg always seems like he is in the back pocket of Steve Jobs. It's funny how he is the first one to review the Apple TV. So I tend to take his personal views on Apple products with a grain of salt. He also doesn't seem like the smartest technical guy out there. Although, he might just be dumbing it down for his readers.
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