iFixit posts fourth-generation Apple TV teardown

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Date: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015, 09:21
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News


The cool cats at iFixit have done it again, this time performing and posting a full teardown of Apple’s new fourth-generation Apple TV.

The teardown discovered a dual-core, 64-bit A8 processor with 2GB of SK Hynix LPDDR3 SDRAM, custom Apple memory controller, SK Hynix NAND flash storage, Universal Scientific Industrial Wi-Fi module and SMSC USB 2.0 to 10/100 Ethernet controller.

The list of components includes the following:
– Apple A8 APL1011 SoC


– Universal Scientific Industrial 339S00045 Wi-Fi module

– SMSC LAN9730 USB 2.0 to 10/100 Ethernet controller

– Apple 338S00057 custom memory controller

– Texas Instruments PA61

– Fairchild Semiconductor DF25AU 010D 030D

– DP2700A1

– SK Hynix H2JTEG8VD1BMR 32 GB NAND Flash

– NXP 1112 0206 5271B4K

– V301 F 57K C6XF G4

The unit also features a larger heat sink, which could account for it being taller than previous models. The redesigned power supply is rated at 12V at 0.917A, compared to the third-generation Apple TV’s rating of 3.4V at 1.75A. The heat sink is situated above the heat-sensitive logic board.

The teardown of the Siri Remote reveals a ST Microelectronics low-power ARM Cortex-M3 MCU, Qualcomm CSR1010 Bluetooth radio, Texas Instruments low-power digital signal processor, the same Broadcom touch screen controller used in the iPhone 5s/5c and iPad Air, 410 mAh battery and a few other chips.

iFixit gave the new Apple TV a strong repairability score of 8 out of 10, with ten being the easiest to repair, because it has only a few major components, a replaceable power supply and standard Torx screws. It also found the Siri Remote has a wide gap, making it easy to pry apart for repairs.

If you’ve gotten your hands on the new Apple TV and had a chance to play with it, please let us know what you think in the comments.

Via MacRumors and iFixit

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