Apple TV now available for preorder, first deliveries arrive Friday
As promised, the new fourth-generation Apple TV became available for purchase Monday, with the first orders scheduled to arrive beginning this Friday, Oct. 30.
The new Apple TV is available in capacities of 32 and 64 gigabytes. New orders are scheduled to be delivered between Oct. 30 and Nov. 3 at the fastest, if customers are willing to pay for expedited delivery. Free orders deliver Nov. 2 through Nov. 4.
The first Oct. 30 deliveries will allow Apple to narrowly meet its promised delivery window of the month of October.
While home deliveries begin this week, retail availability of the Apple TV has not yet been announced. Apple's online store simply states that in-store pickup of the new Apple TV will be available soon.
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook promised last week that Apple TV preorders would start on Monday. Pricing starts at $149 for the 32-gigabyte model, while a 64-gigabyte version runs $199.
The new Apple TV sports Siri voice control with deep search functionality. It also includes a dedicated App Store for installing third-party apps. Apple began accepting app submissions last week, and also submitted a golden master of its new tvOS to developers.
Apple has required that new tvOS apps support the new Siri remote as part of their "core functionality." The remote includes a touchpad, motion input, and a microphone for Siri.
The new set-top streamer is also powered by a beefed-up A8 system-on-a-chip.