The 2nd generation Apple TV.

The Apple TV, stylized as  tv, is a digital media receiver developed and marketed by Apple Inc. It is a small form factor network appliance designed to play IPTV digital content originating from the iTunes Store, Netflix, YouTube, Flickr, MobileMe,, NBA League Pass or any Mac OS X or Windows computer running iTunes onto an enhanced-definition or high-definition widescreen television. Apple offered a preview of the device in September 2006 and began shipping it the following March. It initially shipped with a 40 GB hard disk; a 160 GB version was introduced two months later and the earlier model was ultimately discontinued. Apple tv as to version, one version is apple tv 1 and 2. In September 2010, Apple announced a second-generation version of the Apple TV. About one quarter of the size and one third of the price of the original Apple TV, the new device can stream rented content from iTunes and video from computers or iOS devices via AirPlay. The second and third generation Apple TVs lost the hard drive; however, they did have an undocumented internal 8 GB flash storage, speculated to be used for smoother playback of streamed media. All content is drawn from online or locally connected sources. At a media event on September 9, 2015, Apple introduced the 4th generation Apple TV. This new model introduced a brand new operating system based on iOS known as tvOS, a new remote featuring Siri, and a brand new App Store. The new Apple TV costs $149 for the 32GB model, and $199 for the 64GB model.


1st Generation

This generation has both HDMI and video out, unlike all other generations.

Picture CPU Picture Quality Memory Release Date
Apple TV 1.jpg Intel Pentium M 720p 256 MB January 8, 2007

2nd Generation

This model dropped the video out ports so it can be smaller. It is one quarter of the size of the previous generation.

Picture CPU Picture Quality Memory Release Date
Apple TV 2 and 3.jpg Apple A4 720p 256 MB September 1, 2010

3rd Generation

This generation has the exact design as the previous generation. It supports 1080p video content.

Picture CPU Picture Quality Memory Release Date
Apple TV 2 and 3.jpg Apple A5 1080p 512 MB March 7, 2012

4th Generation

The 4th generation Apple TV, announced on September 9th, 2015, introduced tvOS and the Siri Remote, as well as a design that is slightly taller than the previous generations.

Picture CPU Picture Quality Memory Release Date
Apple A8 1080p 2 GB October 30, 2015

5th Generation

The 5th generation got a new Apple A10X processor, along with 4K capability for the 4K model.

Picture CPU Picture Quality Memory Release date
Apple A10X 4K, 1080p, 720p Unknown September 12, 2017

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