Apple TV 2nd-gen teardown

Summary:The guys at iFixit have their hands on a 2nd generation Apple TV device, so what's the first thing they do? Tear it apart of course!

The guys at iFixit have their hands on a 2nd generation Apple TV device, so what's the first thing they do? Tear it apart of course!

Here are some teardown highlights:

  • The Apple TV has 256MB of RAM, just like the 4th Generation iPod Touch and the iPad. The A4 processor package is "K4X2G643GE," which is identical to the marking found on the iPad.
  • There is a Samsung K9LCG08U1M 8GB NAND flash chip inside the Apple TV, the exact same chip found in the iPad. All that storage in a $99 device.
  • There is an empty spot right next to the Samsung NAND flash that looks to be the perfect size for putting another Samsung NAND flash chip. Could Apple be planning a higher capacity Apple TV in the future?
  • Apple TV features a WiFi board by Panasonic, a first for an Apple device.
  • The Panasonic WiFi board contains a Broadcom BCM4329XKUBG 802.11n Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/FM, exactly the same as the one found on the iPad.
  • Apple is continuing its theme of hiding power supplies inside their devices. It's especially impressive here, considering that the Apple TV is only slightly larger than a 60W MacBook AC adapter.
  • The sticker on the power supply has this rating: 3.4V @ 1.75A, just 5.95 watts!

iFixit rate the repairability of this device as an 8 / 10. The ease of repairing this device, integrated high-efficiency power supply, low 6-watt power consumption, and efficient stand-by mode lead the iFixit guys to believe this may be the most eco-friendly set-top box of all time.

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Hardware

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