iFixit Teardown of the New Apple TV

iFixit has always shown the most thorough ways to teardown and rebuild all kinds of tech products. Today they post they entire teardown of the new Apple TV, revealing more details about the inner workings of Apple’s latest media streaming device.

In the image above, you can see a few highlighted areas. The areas are described as follows: yellow – Apple 338S1040, red – Apple A5 Single Core processor, black (within the red area) –  Hynix H9TKNNN4K 512MB RAM stacked within the A5, orange – Apple 343S0479, blue – Toshiba THGVX1G6D2HLA01 8GB NAND Flash, and green – Broadcomm BCM4330 (appears to be the same chip in the iPad 3rd Generation).

iFixit has also revealed that there are indeed 2 antennae inside the new Apple TV. They assume the second was added to improve connectability, but they have also noted the the second antennae can to do dual band 2.4GHz and 5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n.

In their full 11 step teardown, iFixit gives the new Apple TV an 8 out 10, for repairability, 10 being the easiest to repair.

  • Only six parts in a very easy-to-dissemble case.
  • Separate power supply, which is easy to get to and replace in case your old one ever decides to jump off a cliff.
  • No glue, thermal paste, gum, peanut butter holding things in place…
  • Standard screws, no endangered species screwdrivers necessary.
  • The logic board contains all the components, which means if something breaks, it could be expensive to replace — unless you prefer to do board-level soldering.

If you want to check out the teardown for yourself, and see what it takes to get the new Apple TV apart, head over to iFixit.com.

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