AppleTV has started shipping and Gizmodo has some of the first unboxing photos. It’s a great example of how good the packaging of Apple products are. Full set of Pictures
Also, according to Cnet Best Buy has been able to get the AppleTV in all of its US stores before any other retail store of course that doesn’t include the Apple Store. There will only be 3,000 AppleTV’s shipped to Best Buy so that mean only about 5 per store.
iTunes was updated to 7.1 yesterday but it still doesn’t have full support for Windows Vista yet.
The update that has fixed some of the problems that occurred with Windows Vista along with some other bugs, but most notably added a full screen CoverFlow view along with support for the AppleTv.
If you are running Windows Vista and would like to use iTunes because of an iPod or a large collection of music/movies/TV shows you seem to still be out of luck for at least another couple of weeks, but I’m sure many coders at Apple are hard at working getting Windows Vista running smoothly with iTunes, it will come soon.
The coverflow feature does look really good but I still can’t think of any practical uses for it other than those few times you tell your friends and family “hey, check out what this program can do!”
Apple has decided to push back the release of the Apple TV until Mid-March telling Reuters “Wrapping up Apple TV is taking a few weeks longer than we projected.”The product was first shown back in September and I guess I just don’t understand why it is taking this long. My only guess would be that iTunes is just not ready yet. I believe that Windows Vista is what is causing the problem. We all know that iTunes is already having problems with Visa, but I think that they want to get that fix built into the next update along with the AppleTV updates.
I think that this delay is a little upsetting, especially since they waited so long until they told us that they weren’t going to get it out by the end of this month.