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The 1st-generation Apple TV, stylized as  tv, was unveiled by Apple as a work in progress called "iTV" on September 12, 2006 at an Apple Special Event using a modified Front Row interface using the Apple Remote.[1][2] Apple TV first shipped on March 21, 2007 with a 40 GB hard disk and Apple TV Software 1.0.[3] An updated model with a 160 GB HDD was released on May 31, 2007; subsequently, Apple ceased selling the 40 GB HDD version on September 14, 2009.[4]


Release and naming[]

Apple started taking pre-orders for Apple TV on January 9, 2007. The name "iTV" was originally going to be used to keep the product in line with the rest of their "i"-based products (iMac, iPod, etc.), but was not used because the British terrestrial broadcast network ITV holds the rights to the name in the UK and threatened to take legal action against Apple.[5]

Software updates[]

Apple TV 1 Front Row

The Front Row interface of Apple TV Software 1.0.

On January 15, 2008, a software upgrade was announced; this turned the Apple TV into a stand-alone device which removed the requirement for a computer running iTunes on Mac OS X or Windows to stream or sync content to it, and making most of the Apple TV's hard disk redundant. The update allowed the iTunes Store content to be directly rented and purchased, as well as photo streaming and podcast downloads from MobileMe (which was called .Mac at the time) and Flickr.[6] Front Row became deprecated, and a new interface was introduced for the original Apple TV in which content was organized into six categories, all of which appeared in a large square box on the screen upon startup (movies, TV shows, music, YouTube, podcasts, and photos) and presented in the initial menu, along with a "Settings" option for configuration, including software updates.[7][8]

On July 10, 2008, Apple released the Remote app through the newly-opened App Store.[9] The Apple TV Software 2.1 update had been released the previous day, adding support for iPhones and iPod Touches running the Remote app as a software alternative to Apple Remote control hardware devices.[10] Later updates to the Apple TV, iTunes, and Remote software added support for the iPad, and introduced support for new features as they were added to iTunes.[citation needed]

In July 2011, Apple discontinued the Front Row interface for Mac users.[11]

Discontinuation and alternatives[]

On September 9, 2015, Apple discontinued service and support for the first generation Apple TV.[12] Beginning May 25, 2018, the iTunes Store is no longer accessible from the device, due to its obsolete security standards.[13] YouTube is also no longer supported on this device.[14]

Some users have found Mac mini models that are capable of running Front Row on Mac OS X 10.4 to 10.6.8 to be a usable alternative to newer Apple TV consoles.[15]



Android on Apple TV (1st generation)

Though declared obsolete by Apple, the Pentium M processor of the 1st-generation Apple TV makes it possible for it to be hacked to run other operating systems. A YouTuber managed to get one to boot into Android 2.2 (Froyo). Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) could also be installed, but with color-related graphical display issues.[16]

The 1st-generation Apple TV can be hacked to run Linux as a pathway to installing a customized version of Kodi media center software.[17][18]

Enthusiasts have also discovered methods of hacking the 1st-generation Apple TV like a Hackintosh to install unsupported versions of Mac OS X.[19] It is possible for it to boot Mac OS X 10.5 from a USB drive, but this may prevent the USB 2.0 port from being connected with other useful peripherals, such as a keyboard. Another option is to copy a bootable disk image to an internal IDE hard drive through a utility like Carbon Copy Cloner and then swap it in. The 1st-generation Apple TV is known to support up to Mac OS X 10.5.5 (with full video and partial audio functionality), 10.5.8 (with no audio),[20] or 10.6.3 (with limited functionality due to RAM limitations).[21]


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  2. Eran, Daniel. "How Apple's iTV Media Strategy Works", RoughlyDrafted Magazine, September 13, 2006. Retrieved on June 19, 2009. 
  3. "Apple TV Now Shipping", March 21, 2007. Retrieved on June 18, 2017. 
  4. Arya, Aayush (September 14, 2009). Apple drops price of 160GB Apple TV, kills 40GB model. MacWorld. Archived from the original on October 5, 2009. Retrieved on September 14, 2009.
  5. ITV warns Apple not to brand smart television 'iTV'. Archived from the original on February 22, 2015. Retrieved on February 22, 2015.
  6. Apple TV: About Apple TV software updates. Apple Inc. (November 19, 2008). Archived from the original on October 3, 2008. Retrieved on November 20, 2008.
  7. Gallery: Apple TV Take 2 software update. MacNN (February 12, 2008). Archived from the original on November 22, 2008. Retrieved on March 12, 2009.
  8. How to update Apple TV software. Apple (September 2, 2008). Archived from the original on December 20, 2008. Retrieved on March 12, 2009.
  9. Ricker, Thomas (July 10, 2008). Apple's Remote: turns your iPhone into a WiFi remote control. Engadget. AOL. Archived from the original on July 14, 2008. Retrieved on July 14, 2008.
  10. Bohon, Cory (July 10, 2008). Apple TV 2.1 update goes live, adds MobileMe support. Archived from the original on November 7, 2017. Retrieved on August 21, 2019.
  11. Breen, Christopher (July 22, 2011). Farewell Front Row. International Data Group. Archived from the original on September 20, 2018. Retrieved on September 19, 2018.
  12. Apple TVs (plus iPods & Cinema Displays) hitting obsolete status day before new hardware on Sept 9. 9to5Mac. Archived from the original on July 26, 2020. Retrieved on April 17, 2020.
  13. About iTunes Store availability (February 23, 2018). Archived from the original on February 25, 2018. Retrieved on February 25, 2018.
  14. Watch YouTube on Apple TV, YouTube Help, Google. Accessed 2021-02-15.
  15. Original Apple TV: Apple’s Improper Abandonment and What to Do by Dan Bashur, Low End Mac. 2018-06-26.
  16. Android on Apple tv, slow and cursed but cool | Installation and testing by Kingdom3533, YouTube. 2021-05-22.
  17. What Linux variants can be installed on an 1st generation Apple TV?, StackExchange. 2012-07-13.
  18. How to install Kodi on the first generation Apple TV by Richard Devine, iMore. 2017-04-14.
  19. Install OS X Tiger/Leopard on Apple TV 1 by Macinoah, MacRumors Forums. 2016-11-04.
  20. Install Leopard on AppleTV by Yang Yang, MEDUC. 2012-03-10.
  21. Anyone interested in installing Snow Leopard on AppleTV 1? by hackerwayne, MacRumors Forums. 2012-10-08.

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