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iFixit pulls apart Apple TV, reveals inner workings

o Nick Spence
30.09.2010 kl 13:35 | Macworld U.K.

iFixit has pulled apart Apple's revamped Apple TV, which began shipping this week, to unveil the inner workings and future potential of the new look slimmed down device.


The ever-reliable iFixit has pulled apart Apple's revamped Apple TV, which began shipping this week, to unveil the inner workings of the new look slimmed down device.

The website quickly discovered the solder pads near the side of the logic board look to be a perfect match for a dock connector, while the Apple TV comes with an impressive Samsung K9LCG08U1M 8GB NAND Flash chip.

The same Samsung part can be found in Apple's iPad, which iFixit suggests is being used to cache streaming content on the Apple TV, but could be used for additional storage and services. iFixit asks: "What else you could do with 8 GB of exploitable storage?" As previous reports suggest, the memory could be used to run iOS 4 based applications and games.

The website discovered the Broadcom BCM4329XKUBG 802.11n Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/FM chip on the Panasonic board is exactly the same as the one used in Apple's iPad.

The remodelled Apple TV comes with the same powerful A4 processor found in Apple's iPad and the fourth-generation iPod touch unveiled earlier this month, though the chip - processor package K4X2G643GE - differs from the one inside Apple's iPhone 4. Additionally, the Apple TV comes with 256 MB RAM, again, the same as the iPad and latest iPod touch.

iFixit, which offers a range of repairs, upgrades and free user manuals, adds: "We awarded the 2nd generation Apple TV a coveted Repairability Score of 8 / 10 due to its ease of disassembly, minuscule power consumption, and highly recyclable construction."

The website suggests: "This Apple TV seems to be a couple of connectors shy of a full-on computer. Perhaps this logic board will be used in future iPads?" Apple is anticipated to launch the second-generation iPad early next year.

The Apple TV, which offers film rentals, YouTube streaming, the ability to play iTunes music and photos from a computer, 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity and comes with the Apple Remote, costs £99. The UK Apple Store currently lists "Ships: 2-3 weeks" for delivery, the same as the US Apple Store.

The full iFixit teardown can be found here.

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