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The new Apple TV vs. the old Apple TV: What's changed?

Kris Naudus, @krisnaudus
September 9, 2015
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The new Apple TV is here to finally put all the rumors to rest. But, with three years since the last version was released, Apple's new box has a lot of catching up to do. Resolutions, apps and games -- a lot has changed for set-top players. To make things a little easier, we've lined up all the need-to-know information about the 2012 and the 2015 Apple TVs to see the difference a few years can make.

Apple TV (2015) Apple TV (2012)
Price $149, $199 $99
Dimensions 3.9 x 1.3 x 3.9 inches (98 x 33 x 98mm) 3.9 x 0.9 x 3.9 inches (98 x 23 x 98mm)
Weight 0.94 pounds (425g) 0.6 pounds (272g)
Output resolution 720p, 1080p 720p, 1080p
CPU Apple A8 Apple A5
GPU PowerVR GX6450 PowerVR SGX543MP2
RAM 2GB 512MB
Internal storage 32GB / 64GB 8GB
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n
Wired network 10/100 Ethernet 10/100 Ethernet
Bluetooth v4.0 v4.0
Ports HDMI 1.4, USB-C HDMI, USB, Optical
Motion control Yes (accelerometer, gyroscope) No
Operating system tvOS iOS 5
Video codecs H.264 1080p, MPEG-4 480p H.264 1080p, MPEG-4 480p, M-JPEG 720p
Audio codecs HE-AAC, AAC, MP3, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 HE-AAC, AAC, MP3, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, Dolby Digital 5.1
Photo formats JPEG, GIF, TIFF JPEG, GIF, TIFF
Apps Yes No
Available content iTunes, AirPlay, iCloud, Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu, Showtime, MLB, NBA, NHL, CNN, FOX, PBS Kids, ABC News, Disney Channel, ESPN, USA and more iTunes, AirPlay, iCloud, Netflix, MLB, NBA, NHL, YouTube, Vimeo, WSJ Live, Flickr

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