Don’t you just love Apple? Everytime they release a product they leave it up to the users to teardown the device and find out the unspecified stats. Luckily a member of the XBMC.org forums was nice enough to post details about the internal parts in the Apple TV Third Generation.
The teardown did reveal the A5 single core processor, although we already knew that information. The A5 chip looks the same as the A5 in the iPad 2 & iPhone 4s despite being only a single core. The date on the processor also noted a manufacture date being in the 7th week of 2012, which would be in mid-Feburary. The A5 can was identified as APL2498, slightly modified from the APL0498 dual-core A5. The Apple TV was also found to have 512 MB RAM, double that of the second generation.
Flash memory was also found labeled, “Toshiba THGVX1G6D2HL A07“, which would indicate 8 GB, just like the second generation Apple TV. The Apple TV cannot actually store media on the flash memory though. The memory is strictly on-board for the software updates, and to hold the jailbreak data, which isn’t approved by Apple, of coarse. The last improvement appears to be the addition of a second antenna used to improve performance of the Apple TV.
But hardware-wise, thats all! The Apple TV will support 1080p streaming and will be semi-faster thanks to the extra RAM on-board. The upgrades surely aren’t worth throwing another $99 out if you currently have a second generation Apple TV. But if you are a ‘tech geek’ like myself, the upgrade is worth it.
Are you upgrading from the Apple TV second generation?