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Teardown of New Apple TV Reveals Same 8 GB Flash Storage, Bump to 512 MB RAM

Following the release of the third-generation Apple TV late last week, one forum member at XBMC.org has performed a teardown of the device, revealing a number of details about its internals.

As Apple notes on the tech specs page for the new Apple TV, the device utilizes a unique single-core A5 system-on-a-chip, an upgrade from the A4 package found in the previous generation but lacking the dual-core processor found in the A5 chip used in the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. The Apple TV teardown reveals a typical-looking A5 chip at first glance, carrying date codes suggesting it was manufactured during the seventh week of 2012, or mid-February.


The processor inside the new Apple TV's A5 package is identified as APL2498, indicating a variation on the APL0498 processor found in the standard dual-core A5. The part number for the RAM included in the chip suggests that it is a 512 MB chip from Hynix, a boost from the 256 MB of RAM found in the A4 package on the previous-generation Apple TV.

As for flash storage, the format of the part number stamped on the chip implies that it is an 8 GB part from Toshiba, meaning that the device carries the same storage capacity as found in the previous-generation model. Given that the Apple TV is a streaming-only device, on-board storage is only required to support the operating system and buffering of streaming content.

There had been some speculation that Apple could boost the on-board storage in order to handle larger 1080p content supported on the updated model, but it appears that Apple still views 8 GB as sufficient given limited increases in file size for 1080p content. Maintaining 8 GB of on-board storage undoubtedly also helps Apple maintain the $99 pricing on the Apple TV given other improvements such as the A5 chip.

Finally, the new Apple TV appears to contain a second antenna that was not present in the previous-generation model, although it is unclear exactly how the new antenna is being used to improve performance.

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32 months ago
Ok but who actually buys apple tv.
Rating: 168 Votes
32 months ago
I did!
Rating: 72 Votes
32 months ago

Ok but who actually buys apple tv.


Millions enough for you?
Rating: 53 Votes
32 months ago

I did!


I'm watching Netflix on my new one right now. Love it.
Rating: 42 Votes
32 months ago
I for one am amazed Apple can pack this much technology inside a box and still sell it for under 100 bucks.
Rating: 32 Votes
32 months ago

AirPlay has made it and my iPad two pieces of tech I can't love without.


We all have our toys...

Oh My

Rating: 27 Votes
32 months ago

Millions enough for you?


Agreed, Netflix and playing tunes through it are just the two main reasons I bought it. AirPlay has made it and my iPad two pieces of tech I can't live without.
Rating: 26 Votes
32 months ago

Ok but who actually buys apple tv.


I've purchased four and am watching blade runner in 1080P right now.
Rating: 18 Votes
32 months ago

Ok but who actually buys apple tv.


I purchased one. Downloaded a movie rental the first night, went smooth. Only thing I still keep hoping for is Hulu+ on it. With that upgrade I would have everything I need.
Rating: 14 Votes
32 months ago
I bought one this afternoon, and it is worth noting that this generation DOES support 5GHz 802.11n. (The 2nd gen supported N, but only 2.4GHz.)
Rating: 11 Votes

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