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Apple TV vs. the new Apple TV (2012): what's changed?

Apple TV (2012) UI

The Apple TV might still be a hobby, and thus not the main event at Tim Cook's Apple presentation today, but Apple's participation in the living room has had its fair share of rumors, speculation and dreams. The fact that the user experience has been streamlined is the big news today, but there is also a modest spec bump that includes the ability to play and output 1080p. Other than that you can easily see after the break how well the new Apple TV matches up with its predecessor.


Size

3.9 x 0.9 x 3.9

3.9 x 0.9 x 3.9

Output Resolution

480p, 720p

720p, 1080p

CPU

Apple A4

single-core A5 chip

Graphics

PowerVR SGX535

unknown

Memory

256MB RAM

unknown

Storage

8GB

8GB

Available Content:

iTunes Store, Netflix, NHL, NBA, MLB, AirPlay, iCloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, WSJ Live, and internet Radio

iTunes Store, Netflix, NHL, NBA, MLB, AirPlay, iCloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, WSJ Live, internet Radio

Video codecs

H.264 720p, MPEG-4 480p, M-JPEG 720p, (1080p unofficially)

H.264 1080p, MPEG-4 480p, M-JPEG 720p

Audio codecs

HE-AAC, AAC, MP3, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, Dolby Digital 5.1

HE-AAC, AAC, MP3, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, Dolby Digital 5.1

Photo formats

JPEG, GIF, TIFF

JPEG, GIF, TIFF

Wired Network

10/100 Ethernet

10/100 Ethernet

WiFi

802.11 a/b/g/n

802.11 a/b/g/n

Bluetooth

2.1 + EDR (not enabled)

unknown

Control

IR, iOS Remote

IR, iOS Remote

Apps/SDK

No

No

iOS

iOS 5

iOS 5

Ports

HDMI, Optical, USB

HDMI, Optical, USB

Power

6 watt (built-in)

6 watt (built-in)