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  • iFixit Tears Down the New Apple TV and its Remote to Reveal What's Inside


    The crew over at iFixit have gotten their hands on one of Apple's new Apple TV units that were just unveiled at the September 9th special event. The new Apple TV comes with a brand new style of remote and new features, as well as a redesigned case and hardware bump.

    As you can probably expect, iFixit didn't get this Apple TV to use, they got it to tear apart so that the world can see what's inside.

    The teardown reveals some familiar hardware, including Apple's proprietary A8 chip, 2GB Hynix-branded SDRAM, 32GB Hynix-branded flash storage, and various other chips for handing things like Ethernet, Wi-Fi, memory, and more. The team also points out a large heat sink used to dissipate heat from the power supply inside of the Apple TV enclosure, and also notes that the power supply in the new Apple TV puts out 12V at 0.917A, compared to 3.4V at 1.75A in the previous generation of the device:



    The team also tore apart the remote for the new Apple TV, revealing it has some interesting tech of its own underneath its beautiful skin:



    iFixit says that opening the new remote felt a lot like servicing an iPhone 5s, due to the ribbon cable positioning. The remote itself has a 415 mAh battery, which Apple notes is re-charged with a Lightning cable (included), and can last for months without needing a re-charge.

    The logic board inside of the remote doesn't have its own A8 chip (why would it need one?), but it does have a touch controller chip for picking up the user's input gestures, a Bluetooth 4.0 chip for communicating with the new Apple TV (no longer a need to point the remote at the device to use it), and some other miscellaneous chips.

    iFixit is giving the new Apple TV a very good 8 out 10 repairability score. The only thing that iFixit didn't like is that the number of things soldered to the logic board is high, but on the other hand, it's relatively easy to service this machine, as many of the parts are modular and dis-connectable, allowing the user to simply swap in a replacement part.

    Source: iFixit
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iFixit Tears Down the New Apple TV and its Remote to Reveal What's Inside started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. mazzanic's Avatar
      mazzanic -
      Any clues if the older ATV's getting the appstore feature?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by mazzanic View Post
      Any clues if the older ATV's getting the appstore feature?
      I don't think they are. I could be wrong though. I think it's limited to the new remote with its new input abilities.
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      I think it would've been cooler to use the same charger as the apple watch for the remote. I currently use a logitech harmony remote that I just drop in its cradle when it needs recharging, usually weekly or slightly more. I guess its kind of unimportant if you'll be going months between charges though...
    1. CabooseLoL's Avatar
      CabooseLoL -
      But will it get a jailbreak? That is the question!
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      I'll buy it if has a jailbreak and the ability to use an external hdd over usb.
    1. Nefarious's Avatar
      Nefarious -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      I'll buy it if has a jailbreak and the ability to use an external hdd over usb.
      What's the need for a jailbreak? Players like infuse & plex have already confirmed they will be launching apps. This will mean that playing video over your network shouldn't be a problem.