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Apple Allowing Developers Who Won Apple TV Lottery to Place Orders

The new Apple TV won't be available to consumers until the end of October, but some developers are able to get their hands on one of the devices early in order to begin preparing and testing apps for the tvOS App Store.

Following last week's "Hey Siri" media event, Apple gave developers an opportunity to sign up for a lottery for an Apple TV Developer Kit, which ended today. Developers who won the lottery are now receiving invitations allowing them to purchase an Apple TV kit, and the first Apple TVs could be in developer hands by the end of this week.

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Developers who were selected for the lottery are required to order by Wednesday, September 16, with orders beginning to ship out one to three days after that. Apple is providing Apple TV Developer Kits to developers at no cost, with a $1 fee being charged to verify billing and shipping addresses.

With Apple TVs in the hands of developers in just a few short days, we may learn a lot more about the device ahead of its official October launch date, and we'll almost certainly get a glimpse at what kind of apps we can expect on it. We've already seen an unboxing of the new Apple TV, which gave us a look at the set-top box itself and the new touch-based Siri remote included with it.

Apple's new Apple TV represents a massive overhaul of the existing set-top box, which has been left untouched since 2012. In addition to a much more powerful A8 processor, 2GB RAM, and more storage space, the new Apple TV includes a whole new operating system, tvOS, that supports a full App Store, allowing apps and games to be played on the device for the first time, and Siri, for full voice-control abilities in countries where it is supported.

The Apple TV also has deep search capabilities that will make it possible for users to search for content across multiple apps to find television shows and movies, and its aforementioned touch-based remote doubles as a motion-supported gaming controller for games that will be found within the new App Store.

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46 months ago

I've got at least 3. C'mon apple send me an invite!


They said they would prefer developers who knew exactly how many apps they had in the store...
Rating: 13 Votes
46 months ago
I hope the Dev's at kodi can make an app for this. that would be amazing
Rating: 8 Votes
46 months ago

For owners of the current Apple TV who anticipate upgrading, ready yourself for the new hardware by propping your device up on a few coins and talking to your remote.


I've been doing that for the past year or so.




I also chat with the toaster.
Rating: 8 Votes
46 months ago
For owners of the current Apple TV who anticipate upgrading, ready yourself for the new hardware by propping your device up on a few coins and talking to your remote.
Rating: 7 Votes
46 months ago
Got mine... ordered and ready to develop my next greatest fart sound invention.

Rating: 3 Votes
46 months ago
Dear Blizzard,

Hearthstone. Apple TV. NAO!
Rating: 3 Votes
46 months ago
Well ****... Way to write an article about the lottery I forgot about AFTER it closed [USER=708633]@MacRumors.[/USER] ~_~
Rating: 3 Votes
46 months ago

Reject here too.

I demand a consolation prize.
Rating: 2 Votes
46 months ago
I'm not a developer so this may be a stupid question: Do the apps have to be focused on television content and games? Are you able to develop apps for any application, like home automation? I was really surprised they didn't have any integration of Siri and Homekit shown at the keynote. That seems like a killer feature for the new AppleTV.
Rating: 2 Votes
46 months ago
I wonder how many of those that won the lottery will actually develop for it and not just nerds that want it faster.

Disclaimer: I'm a nerd and developer and I would love it faster. But since I have no inclination to develop for it in the short term, I didn't want to ruin the chances of an actual developer to get one.
Rating: 2 Votes

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