Yesterday Apple released iOS 6.1 for download along with an update for the Apple TV to support Bluetooth keyboards. It was then noticed by MacRumors there were three variants of Apple TV firmware for download, with one particular model named “AppleTV3,2,” which has been suspected as an international version of the device.
- Apple TV model A1469 (new): 93.78mm x 93.78mm
- Apple TV 3rd generation: 98mm x 98mm
So there is a version of the Apple TV coming out that is slightly smaller than the current version. But also, the internals also appear to have been upgraded. There is evidence of a lower power Broadcom wireless chip BCM4334 (currently being used in the iPhone 5) and also a new variant of the A5X processor, notes Canadian iOS hacker @iH8sn0w:
New Apple TV3,2 is powering a s5l8947x with a board config of "j33iap". Looks like a minor update of the Apple TV 3. I Wonder why though…
— iH8sn0w (@iH8sn0w) January 28, 2013
We don’t know yet if Apple plans to release this particular unit, but when it is available you can rest assured it will be disassembled to verify the new internal components and slimmer exterior dimensions.