Developers keen to start work on porting their apps or creating new software for the refreshed Apple TV
are being informed if they have won a lottery to buy the set-top box itself. Apple has started to tell successful developers they can order their Apple TV Developer Kit directly from Apple itself, in order to allow them to create their apps ahead of the final release of the device to consumers in 80 countries in late October.
The Apple TV Developer Kit lottery
opened shortly after the device's announcement last week, with potential users given a short window to register. According to 9to5Mac
, winners have until 5pm local time on September 16 to sign into their developer account, agree to terms and conditions, pay $1 in local currency to confirm the billing and shipping address, with it being sent within three days and delivered using standard shipping.
The kit itself will include the new Apple TV, the Apple TV Remote with the touch-based controls, power cord, Lightning to USB cable, USB-A to USB-C cable, and documentation. It is unclear if developers will be getting what will be final hardware or a specific developer edition of the device, nor whether it will have the 32GB or 64GB of storage the version shipping out to consumers will have.
In working with the new Apple TV, developers will have to use the new tvOS, new APIs, and a software development kit for the device. Apple's developer guidelines
advise applications may not exceed 200MB, and anything else required that doesn't fit into this size restriction must be downloaded on demand and cannot be permanently stored, with developers also forced to store save games and other similar files on iCloud due as there is no access to app-specific storage on the device.