This article is about Apple TV hardware. For other products, see Apple TV (disambiguation).

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, MLB.tv, NBA League Pass or any Mac OS X or Windows computer running iTunes onto an enhanced-definition or high-definition widescreen television.

History

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.

2nd generation

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.

Models

1st generation

The 1st-generation Apple TV has both HDMI and component video out, unlike all other generations.

Picture CPU Video resolution Memory Release date
Apple TV 1.jpg Intel Pentium M 720p, 576p, 480p,
(1080p with v.3 software update)
256 MB March 21, 2007

2nd generation

The 2nd-generation Apple TV dropped the analog video ports so it can be smaller. It is one quarter of the size of the previous generation.

Picture CPU Video resolution Memory Release date
Apple TV 2 and 3.jpg Apple A4 720p, 576p, 480p 256 MB September 1, 2010

3rd generation

The 3rd-generation Apple TV has the same external design as the previous generation. It supports 1080p video content.

Picture CPU Video resolution Memory Release date
Apple TV 2 and 3.jpg Apple A5 1080p, 720p, 576p, 480p 512 MB March 7, 2012

4th generation

The 4th generation model, retroactively called the Apple TV HD, was announced on September 9th, 2015. It introduced tvOS and the Siri Remote, as well as a design that is slightly taller than the previous generations. It supports downloadable apps, such as games.

Picture CPU Video resolution Memory Release date
Images.duckduckgo.jpg Apple A8 1080p, 720p, 576p, 480p 2 GB October 30, 2015

5th generation

The 5th generation model, marketed as the Apple TV 4K, received a faster Apple A10X processor, along with 4K video capability.

Picture CPU Video resolution Memory Release date
Images.duckduckgo.jpg Apple A10X 2160p (4K), 1080p,
720p, 576p, 480p
3 GB September 12, 2017

External links

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Apple TV : 1st gen | 2nd · 3rd | 4th (HD) · 5th (4K)
Apple TV Software | tvOS : 9 · 10 · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14
Apple Remote | Apple TV (app) | Apple TV+ (original programming) | Front Row | Remote (app) | Siri Remote
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