The new Apple TV release date is almost here and you can order or pre-order the Apple TV and soon have it in your hands.
To help you prepare for the new Apple TV release date and orders we want to run down tips that answer common questions we hear about new Apple devices and about the new Apple TV features.
We’ll also go over a few things you should do before the Apple TV release date arrives so that you are ready to order to the new gadget and to use it when it arrives on your doorstep soon after.
Apple announced the new Apple TV back in September when the company also announced the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and the iPad Pro. This is also when Apple shared more details about the iOS 9 release.
Here are our tips for the new Apple TV release date and the days immediately after.
New Apple TV Release Date
Tim Cook confirmed the new Apple TV release date as October 26th. There is no specific time that the orders will start, but the odds are good that we will see the Apple TV sales start around 8-9AM Eastern or at the 12-1PM Eastern time frame. We typically see Apple stick to these options for items that are not the new iPhone.
The new Apple TV release date on Monday is online only, with the device coming to Apple Stores in the near future.
If in Doubt Go Big for More Storage
Apple sells the Apple TV with 32GB of storage and 64GB of storage. Many users may be able to get by with the smaller and more affordable option, but if you are concerned and think you will play a lot of games and keep a lot of movies on your Apple TV, you should invest the $50 to get more storage since you cannot connect a USB drive to the new Apple TV. You can use content from the cloud, so you don’t need to keep everything on your Apple TV, but some users will need more storage.
Have Your Information Ready
If you haven’t made a purchase from Apple lately you should spend a few minutes today making sure your information is ready and correct.
You can login to the Apple Store and make sure your shipping information, phone number and credit card on file are correct.
Make sure you know your Apple ID and password as well. This is a simple step, but it will save headaches later.
Update to iOS 9.1
Users who want to set up the Apple TV with their iPhone or iPad will need to be on iOS 9.1.
You can read various iOS 9.1 reviews for devices to see if this is an update worth installing for your iPhone,
We suggest upgrading before the new Apple TV arrives on your doorstep, but you don’t need to do it before you order. Here’s a look at what’s new in iOS 9.1.
Wait for New Apple TV Deals
This is the first new Apple TV in a long time, and it is very unlikely that you will see any new Apple TV deals in the near future.
If you want to save on this gadget, your best bet is to look for Apple Black Friday 2015 deals in November, but even then the savings will likely be in the $15 to $20 range.
How to Track Your Apple TV
After you place your Apple TV order you will get an email from Apple with tracking information. You can use My UPS or FedEx apps to track the progress of your package.
You may be able to use UPS track by reference number, using your phone number, to locate the Apple TV package before Apple updates the status with a tracking number.
Keep in mind you may need to sign for the new Apple TV delivery, so check the emails from Apple to find out if you do.
Wait for Apple TV Reviews
It’s surprising that there are no Apple TV reviews out yet, but we could see them arrive by the time orders are available. Apple likely delivered units to some reviewers. There are also a number of developers who are working on apps who may share more information after agreements with Apple end.
Count on new Apple TV reviews going live before the device is sold in stores.
You’ll Need a HDMI Cable/Accessories
The Apple TV does not come with a HDMI cable, so you will need to buy one if you aren’t just replacing an old Apple TV.
Amazon is a great place to buy a HDMI cable with various lengths from $5.50.
Another popular accessory for the older device is a mount. We haven’t found a new Apple TV mount yet, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see some available in the next few weeks.
Decide on AppleCare+
Apple currently sells AppleCare+ for the old Apple TV for $29. This extends the warranty to two years and phone support to two years as well. The warranty covers the Apple TV, AirPort and remote control. With a new remote control that you swing around for some games this might be a good investment.
Get Familiar With New Apple TV Features
The new Apple TV packs a collection of exciting new features that we think will help the device stand out. Here are 10 that get us most excited about using the new Apple TV.