We, however, remain skeptical for now; they provide one fuzzy image and a ‘promise’ it is real, as well as the claim that they guessed the password.
AppleTVHacks.net has just spoken with an Apple Store representative for the Fifth Avenue, New York City store, who told us “I was told it just arrived”, and that yes, they would be available to people turning up at the store today.
After lots of promising, it seems the invasion of the Apple TV is well under way!
The clever peeps over at Techrestore have opened up the Apple TV and snapped some shots.
Among other notables is what looks like a standard IDE hard drive. We are offering up $100 bounty for the first person to submit to us the first, verifiable, previously unpublished hard drive upgrade for the Apple TV.
Your entry needs to include step by step instructions, photos of the process, and photos or a video demonstrating the increased capacity. Entries should be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Bounty Submission”.
Update: The bounty has been awarded to Jonathan Bare who successfully upgraded his Apple TV and provided a step by step guide.
PCmag.com has posted and extensive review of the Apple TV. The awarded Apple’s latest toy 4 / 5 stars, and even took it head to head with an XBox 360.
Their main gripe isn’t with the hardware, but with the cost of content from iTunes:
I think Apple TV is a fantastic productâ€”but I won’t be buying one until I can watch movies with it for less than the price of going to see one in the theaters.
It’s worth pointing out that there are alternatives to buying your Apple TV content on iTunes; and as time progresses we imagine there will be more and more sources for Apple TV content. We hope to keep track of these sources via our content category.
The Apple TV Manual is now available online from the Apple site. It can give those unfortunate enough not to have an Apple TV of their own a glimpse of what they are missing.
Wired have a story about the as yet unusued USB port seen on the back of the Apple TV. From the article:
Apple TV is all shiny and wonderful and hard to find, but it does have a few shortcomings, such as hard drive too small to hold more than a few HD movies.
Apple bloggers and analysts suspect that may not be a problem for long, noting the as-yet unitilized USB port on the set-top box and recent talks between Apple and Miglia, which makes a variety of TV and VoIP accessories for Macs and PCs.