Inside the new Apple TV, thanks to iFixit

Macworld Australia Staff
30 September, 2010
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We’re still waiting for a new Apple TV to arrive at Australian Macworld HQ – and assume there might be a few other Aussies waiting and wondering exactly what “Connection Delay. Recovery Actions Underway” on the TNT tracking website means. But thankfully, the team at iFixit has taken one apart so that when one does finally arrive, we can use it rather than try to find out what’s inside.

A dearth of visible screws is not the kind of thing that’s going to slow them down, either. After prying the base off Apple’s latest device, they uncovered a number of interesting tidbits, such as a place that looks ideal for soldering a dock-connector port, the same Samsung 8GB flash chip that you’ll find in the iPad, and the same Broadcom 802.11n Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/FM chip that’s in Apple’s tablet as well.

Unsurprisingly, the new Apple TV also shares an A4 processor with the iPad and the fourth-generation iPod touch, though the model differs from the one inside the iPhone 4. You’ll also find 256MB of built-in RAM and a 5.95 watt power supply crammed in alongside. That low power consumption combined with an efficient standby mode and ease of repairing also leads the iFixit folks to conclude that this may be “the most eco-friendly set-top box of all time”. Sounds pretty good to us – now if only we could get TV rentals in Australia.

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