(Images courtesy of iFixit)
While some of us are still waiting for the FedEx truck to arrive with our new toy (er… Apple TV), others have been lucky enough to score theirs already, including the cats over at iFixit, who have taken their precision scalpels to the little black box and have the photos to prove it.
iFixit has completed a teardown of the new second-generation Apple TV, barely on store shelves yet and with many preorders still jetting around the country en route from China. So what did they find?
In addition to that which is already known — namely that the little box contains HDMI, optical digital audio, Ethernet and Micro USB ports in addition to an internal power supply (yay!) — the new Apple TV draws only 20 percent of the power used by a Mac mini. That should provide some joy to your electric bill, and maybe even the tree-hugging environmentalists as well.
Like the previous Apple TV, there are no outside visible screws to be had — the iFixit team had to make a go of it with metal spudgers to pry the case apart, which wasn’t a heart-pounding nightmare after all. After removing a thermal pad and a few #1 Phillips screws, it appears there may actually be a standard dock connector inside as pictured here — though what, if any, use it may have remains unknown.
The most exciting find with the new Apple TV is a Samsung K9LCG08U1M NAND Flash chip, which means the ATV box is equipped with 8GB of RAM. That should come as good news to those already planning to jailbreak the box and possibly add custom apps to it, since 8GB of storage should be more than sufficient for the iOS 4.1 running the box, a buffer to stream HD video and plenty of extra space to spare — particularly when the competing Roku streamer box gets the job done with a paltry 64MB.
The real question is, can the average user service the new ATV by themselves? “We awarded the 2nd generation Apple TV a coveted Repairability Score of 8 / 10 due to its ease of disassembly, minuscule power consumption, and highly recyclable construction,” iFixit notes, with a 10 being the easiest to repair.
Now where’s that doggone FedEx driver? Our spudgers are getting twitchy! In the meantime, check out all of the photos at iFixit’s website…
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