First Apple TV Units Shipping to Customers

Apple has begun rolling out the first shipments of the highly anticipated fourth generation Apple TV to customers who pre-ordered the device this morning. Customers who got their pre-orders in on Monday, when they first became available, began to see shipping notifications in their inboxes late last night and early this morning.

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In fact, customers in Australia and New Zealand who opted for one-day shipping have already begun to receive their devices. Customers in the United States will likely begin receiving their devices tomorrow, the same day that the media player goes on sale at Apple’s retail stores.

Users lucky enough to get their hands on one of the devices early this morning were reporting that although the App Store wasn’t live yet, the app search was fully functional via Siri and the new remote.

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However, it appears as if the App Store has just recently become available, as users on Twitter are reporting their experiences scrolling through the apps. Essential apps such as YouTube and Netflix are already available for download, as are a number of games and other apps.

The official build of tvOS has also just recently become available to developers. It is available for download from the official developer site.

The fourth generation Apple TV is available for pre-order on the Apple website. It will be available for purchase at Apple’s retail stores beginning tomorrow. The new media player features an updated processor, larger internal storage, new Siri-enabled touch-sensitive remote, and a dedicated App Store with support for third-party apps. The 32GB model is priced at $149, and the 64GB model is priced at $199.

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