How much will the Apple TV Developer Kit Cost?

I understand there is a verification fee of $1, but if selected will we also be charged the cost of an Apple TV?

(If there is, that's totally fair! I'm just clarifying).

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I can confirm that you will only be charged the $1 for the development kit.


We're really excited to be able to provide this opportunity to get your hands on this new hardware in advance of it being generally available. Can't wait to see what amazing apps you all come up with! 🙂


I'd strongly encourage everybody to register to receive one (provided you meet the eligibility requirements). You can do so here: https://developer.apple.com/tvos/developer-kit/

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Apple has never provided free hardware to developers.

Was on the phone with support, the kit will be free.

That's really surprising. Can anybody else confirm?

I am beyond shocked. Shocked isn't the word...

I think the document said the Kit only cost $1 in checkout. But developers will be selected for this early product. It is great for Apple to pay attention on TV apps.

This is a first AFAIK.

$1 gets you the whole kit and kaboodle, including the new ATV.

Registration completed; fingers crossed.

I emailed developer support to see if I can get confirmation of this.

That seems to be the case. I'd be very surprised if I were selected but I'm hoping:)

It would be awesome to have a new platform to work with and would definitely kick

my own development work into gear.


Good Luck everyone!

Just got this from support : "Thank you for contacting Apple Developer Program Support regarding Apple TV Developer Kit. My name is Aymeric and I will be happy to help. I understand that you need additional information regarding the Apple TV Developer Kit registration process and I will do my best to assist you. Juan Fidel, if you are selected, you will be able to choose your Credit Card during the checkout process and you’ll be charged $1.00 USD or in local currency." Yeah :)

How will developers get selected? Is it based on how popular the apps are or it's a lottery system? I'll be ****** if it based on how popular the developers' apps are because that'll prevent people like me who are new but want to work on the new stuff.

We'll never know the selection criteria.

However, if you've ever posted anything negative about Apple in these forums, I would not hold my breath.

I can confirm that you will only be charged the $1 for the development kit.


We're really excited to be able to provide this opportunity to get your hands on this new hardware in advance of it being generally available. Can't wait to see what amazing apps you all come up with! 🙂


I'd strongly encourage everybody to register to receive one (provided you meet the eligibility requirements). You can do so here: https://developer.apple.com/tvos/developer-kit/

Is not having an app live in the store a significant drawback? I've been working on many projects that haven't come to fruition yet.

Sorry, I don't have any insight into the selection process. It certainly can't hurt to register (assuming you're eligible).

I have registered already. Thanks for the official confirmation