Apple TV 3 teardown

by umOuch on March 25, 2012

It is that time again… Apple releases its new 1080p Apple TV 3 and the guys over at iFixit are already ripping it apart. Is there anything sexier than an Apple product with no clothes on? Well, perhaps a jailbroken device would look a bit better.

At the exact same size as the Apple TV 2… the Apple TV 3 adds, most notably, the ability to play true 1080p content. Like the previous Apple TV, the backside features the same, standard, ports as its predecessor:

  • AC adapter port
  • HDMI output port
  • Micro-USB (for service and support)
  • Optical audio out port
  • 10/100 Base Ethernet port

Once inside, the iFixit team noticed a few immediate differences from the Apple TV 2.The first thing they noted was the lack of a thermal pad. Now, it is quite possible that the new A5 processor doesn’t get as hot as the A4 processor, on the previous model,  but if the iPad 3 is any indication of what we are to expect from the temperature situation, we are more than a little scared of what may come.

The second thing they found was that there are now two antennas. This is most likely due to the fact that Apple had received some complaints about the range and the signal strength of the Apple TV 2’s wifi capabilities.

Some other goodies worth mentioning:

  • 8GB NAND Flash
  • Bluetooth
  • Broadcom BCM4330 (the same one that appears in the new iPad 3).

New 1080p Apple TV Giveaway

To top it off, iFixit has given this Apple TV 3 a reparability rating of 8 out of 10:

  • Only six parts in a very easy-to-dissemble case.
  • Separate power supply, which is easy to get to and replace in case your old one ever decides to jump off a cliff.
  • No glue, thermal paste, gum, peanut butter holding things in place…
  • Standard screws, no endangered species screwdrivers necessary.
  • The logic board contains all the components, which means if something breaks, it could be expensive to replace — unless you prefer to do board-level soldering.

umOuch (Andrew Brasher)

[image: iFixit]

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  • Wlclhk

    Interested to know if we can hack appletv2 to play 1080 content

  • Dan Andersen

    The article states, “… if the iPad 3 is any indication of what we are to expect from the temperature situation, we are more than a little scared of what may come.”

    Huh? The iPad 3 runs–at most–a mere few degrees warmer than the iPad 2 and at about the same temperature as other tablets as shown by comparative tests by *credible* sources. What’s the problem?

    (By the way, the primary power consumer in the new iPad is the screen, not the A5 CPU. No such power drain in the Apple TV.))

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