: New AppleTV has 8GB Internal Storage - 256MB RAM


fyrefly
Sep 29th, 2010, 03:51 PM
iFixit did their requisite teardown (http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Apple-TV-2nd-Generation-Teardown/3625/1).

Interesting notes:

- You just pop the bottom clips off via a spudger:

http://guide-images.ifixit.net/igi/LIJYBIYmU3RNM3jH.medium

- AppleTV's logic board is most like iPads - same RAM, same A4, same Broadcam Wifi... and even some pin-outs for a dock connector??

http://guide-images.ifixit.net/igi/GyAEfCsoVVLJD3a5.medium

- AppleTV has 8GB of onboard NAND Flash (Orange Square) - and an empty slot next to the Chip - where potentially another 8GB chip could be (Yellow Square). AppleTV 2 - Rev B in the makings? 8GB is also enough to add on some Apps - like Steve Jobs mentioned they might do in the future (http://www.macrumors.com/2010/09/17/jobs-says-apple-tv-app-store-could-launch-when-the-time-is-right/).

http://guide-images.ifixit.net/igi/f2VNS2UJ3dWQtRBi.medium

cchaynes
Sep 29th, 2010, 04:04 PM
that didnt take long!

well, it had to have some storage to buffer the hidef downloads.

i-rui
Sep 29th, 2010, 04:09 PM
good news for a jailbreak and enhanced features with more playback options.

Stephanie
Sep 29th, 2010, 04:52 PM
Yay - now I don't feel as compelled to pry mine open, hehehe.

kloan
Sep 29th, 2010, 06:39 PM
Oh... huh, so it's all plastic? I was kinda thinking/hoping it was black aluminum.

fyrefly
Sep 30th, 2010, 12:01 AM
Oh... huh, so it's all plastic? I was kinda thinking/hoping it was black aluminum.

Aluminum's expensive, dude. Not gonna happen on a $99 device. That's why the MacBook is still Plastic too. :D

hayesk
Sep 30th, 2010, 03:14 PM
The dock connector pinouts are interesting.

Also, if Apple allows apps on it (which is rumored), where are they going to be stored? It has 8GB, but that has to be used to cache streaming content too. When/if Apple allows apps on it, I'll bet there'll be a new model with 16GB or more of storage.

Or, they may devise a scheme to run the app stored on your Mac/PC rather than on the device itself.

fyrefly
Sep 30th, 2010, 05:40 PM
The dock connector pinouts are interesting.

Also, if Apple allows apps on it (which is rumored), where are they going to be stored? It has 8GB, but that has to be used to cache streaming content too. When/if Apple allows apps on it, I'll bet there'll be a new model with 16GB or more of storage.

Or, they may devise a scheme to run the app stored on your Mac/PC rather than on the device itself.

All interesting ideas.

Apparently if you connect the AppleTV to a computer via the Mini-USB port - it shows up in iTunes and lets you restore it. So this could be used to easily Jailbreak it - probably allowing Cydia/Apps on it before Apple even releases the feature.

Most HD TV shows/Movies from Apple are ~1.5GB Max, aren't they? So unless it's caching 3-4 a day, you're not gonna run out of space with 8GB.

kloan
Oct 1st, 2010, 04:09 AM
Aluminum's expensive, dude. Not gonna happen on a $99 device. That's why the MacBook is still Plastic too. :D

It used to be aluminum, didn't it?

fyrefly
Oct 1st, 2010, 10:05 AM
It used to be aluminum, didn't it?

It also used to be more than double the price. And it was only aluminum on the sides - the top/bottom was still grey plastic/grey rubber.

Stephanie
Oct 1st, 2010, 10:56 AM
The bottom of the original Apple TV was aluminum as well. It had a big rubber pad glued to it, but the base was a heat-sink for the hard drive, which was attached directly to the base.