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 these devices early in order to begin developing and testing apps for tvOS.
Following last week’s “Hey Siri” media event, Apple gave developers an opportunity to sign up for a lottery to be eligible for a Apple TV Development Kit. Developers who won the lottery are now receiving invitations allowing them to request an Apple TV kit.
Developers who were selected are required to order their Apple TV by Wednesday, September 16. Apple is providing the development kits to developers at no cost, with a $1 fee being charged to verify billing and shipping addresses. The development kits could be in the hands of developers as early as this week.
Now that developers will be able to get their hands on an Apple TV, we may learn a lot more about the device before its official launch date. We will almost certainly get a glimpse of what kind of apps we can expect on it.
We have already seen a first unboxing of the Apple TV, which gave us a look at the set-top box itself and the new touch-based Siri remote. Thanks to Ivan (@ivRodriguezCA on Twitter) for letting us know that the developer kits have started becoming available for lottery winners:
— Iv?n (@ivRodriguezCA) September 14, 2015
The new Apple TV features a much more powerful A8 processor, 2GB of RAM, more storage space, and a brand new operating system called tvOS, which supports a full App Store and adds Siri for full voice control.