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
– SK Hynix H9CKNNNBKTBRWR-NTH 2 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
– 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
– 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.