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

Ben Drawbaugh
03.07.12
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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.


Apple TV (2010)
Apple TV (2012)

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)

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