Apple TV 2nd Generation (2010) Teardown

Apple TV 2nd Generation (2010) Teardown

Summary: Bill Detwiler cracks open the 2nd gen. Apple TV--released in 2010. See the hardware inside Apple's second attempt to put iTunes on your TV.

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  • A single, large EMI shield hides the chips on the bottom of the PCB.

    Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic

    Caption by: Bill Detwiler
  • The chips on the top of the 2nd generation Apple TV's PCB are hidden beneath three separate EMI shields--each with its own thermal pad.

    Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic

    Caption by: Bill Detwiler
  • Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic

    Caption by: Bill Detwiler

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Mobility

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  • Wireless Antenna

    Thanks for the teardown, Bill. Where is the antenna for the 802.11 wireless? There appears to be a small circular connector on the wireless board but it looks like the thermal pad goes right over that. Is the antenna built into the main PCB?
    gregbakker
  • Case

    Is the outside case plastic or aluminum?
    gregbakker
  • Remote

    What are the interior component parts of the remote? the remote looks like the body is a single piece.
    wmcnary@...