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Apple TV teardown shows 256MB RAM, 8GB storage

updated 04:20 pm EDT, Wed September 29, 2010

Apple TV torn down by iFixit

DIY repair shop iFixit this afternoon finished a teardown of the new Apple TV. The close look reveals that the hub has the same variant of the A4 processor as the iPod touch and has 256MB of RAM, rather than the 512MB of the iPhone 4. Apple has also put just a single 8GB Samsung flash chip to both hold the OS and cache movies during the streaming process.

Broadcom's 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo chip is the same as for the iPad, although Bluetooth isn't functional. A surprise came in the form of a solder pad on one edge that appears to be a match for the Dock Connector. Apple isn't likely to add the option to a future Apple TV, but it may have left the basic connections in place rather than modify a circuit design carried over from iOS devices.

While superficially closed, the Apple TV is also said to be relatively easy to repair as the bottom comes off with spudgers and can be unscrewed quickly. The very low power of the A4 has meant that Apple can not only build the 6W power supply into the case itself but uses simple thermal pads to transfer heat.

The mix of smartphone-level hardware and simple design were considered possible edges for Apple. It should make for the self-evident small footprint but also a minimal environmental impact, as it both uses little electricity and can be fixed with a minimum of parts.

"This may be the most eco-friendly set-top box of all time," iFixit said.













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  1. Tanker10a

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    Really?

    Who the heck cares?!

  1. Pilsner6910

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    actually....

    Im very disappointed with this product, i mean whats the point of it? i can buy an HDMI cable and run it from my mac to my TV for cheaper and still stream movies from iTunes. I prefer the old AppleTv with its HD and USB port of this POS!!

  1. cartoonspin

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    Obviously

    you do since you read it AND posted!

  1. cartoonspin

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    ITunes

    I believe you can still stream from iTunes from your Mac.

  1. testudo

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    Re: iTunes

    Yeah, but what he meant was that why does he need a new piece of equipment when hooking his mac up to the TV gives him all that and more.

    BTW, at least on the Mac, playing a movie or music will increment the play count, which doesn't happen when you stream. Leaving you always guessing as to where you left off and what you had watched. Loads of fun.

  1. testudo

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    And

    Being that my HDTV doesn't have HDMI, they've basically made it useless to me. Not that I would buy it anyway. My mini does much more and gives all sorts of options (like watching sports on ESPN3, for example).

  1. bjojade

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    In every room?

    If your mac isn't in the room that the TV is in, or you want TVs in more rooms, the cable solution isn't an effective one.

  1. Mike Richardson

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    HDMI

    testudo - if your TV has DVI then you can purchase a simple converter, since HDMI is really just a repackaging of DVI with audio.

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