The newest addition to the Apple family is finally being shipped today to those that thought ahead and pre-ordered. The media hub Apple TV, which was unveiled in January, was originally scheduled to be released at the end of February but had a few delays pushing the availability back till mid-March. For those of us that did not plan ahead, you can pay the $299 through Apple’s online store and should be able to receive your Apple TV within 3 to 5 business days.
Here are some of the specs:
40GB hard drive for storing content locally
Up to 50 hours of videos3, 9000 songs4, 25,000 pictures5, or a combination of each
HDMI (video and audio)
TOSLINK optical audio
Analog RCA stereo audio
10/100 BASE-T Ethernet
USB 2.0 (for service and diagnostics)
802.11n wireless networking*(compatible with 802.11a/b/g)
Built-in IR receiver (works with included Apple Remote)
Video formats supported: H.264 and protected H.264 (from iTunes Store): 640 by 480, 30 fps, LC version of Baseline Profile; 320 by 240, 30 fps, Baseline profile up to Level 1.3; 1280 by 720, 24 fps, Progressive Main Profile. MPEG-4: 640 by 480, 30 fps, Simple Profile. Audio formats supported: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps); protected AAC (from iTunes store); MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps); MP3 VBR; Apple Lossless; AIFF; WAV.
But what good are specs without user reviews! Oh Apple what would I have to do to receive an Apple TV for evaluation purposes? I draw the line at washing cars.