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updated 07:35 am EST, Tue March 6, 2012

Apple TV now almost entirely sold out

Checks through the online Apple Store in the US and abroad has shown that both retail and some online availability has almost disappeared entirely for the current-generation Apple TV. Only a handful of usually flagship-sized US retail stores now have the media hub, with even Apple's preferred Stockton Street store in San Francisco now saying it won't have a resupply until March 14. Most instead ask those wanting a pickup to "check availability."

The US store still lists the Apple TV as in stock, but Canada, France, Germany, and others now show a rare one- to two-day shipping delay. The UK is showing two to four days. Resellers are known to have run out weeks earlier.

While it's unclear if anything will be in stores immediately after the March 7 event, an Apple TV replacement is now near-certain to make an appearance at the San Francisco presentation. Most anticipate a straightforward update rather than a complete overhaul, with an A5 or A5X chip giving the box 1080p video support. It may be necessary to let the next iPad show its full potential for AirPlay mirroring.

Some questions remain open, such as whether iTunes Store videos will get 1080p or if any more third-party services will be options. [via MacRumors]

by MacNN Staff



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