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Apple TV Teardown Reveals 8GB Onboard Storage

A dissection of the Apple TV, Apple's latest gadget, has confirmed our thoughts, that it looks just like its cousins, the iPhone, the iPad and the iPod Touch, only that it doesn't have a screen and doesn't come with a battery.

iFixit (opens in new tab) carried out its regular teardown exercise and found out more than a passing resemblance with the iPad. Apple TV uses the same Apple A4 chip, 256MB RAM, the same Broadcom Wi-Fi chip, and 8GB onboard flash memory that apparently has the same markings as the one in the iPad.

Interestingly, the Apple TV comes with a power rating of 5.95 watts which iFixit reckons makes if one of the most eco-friendly set-top box of all time with a power consumption equivalent to a fraction of a lamp bulb.

There's also hints that Apple could add a 30-pin dock connector to the network media streamer one day which would allow users to connect their other Apple devices straight to the box and even charge them (although we'd prefer wireless charging).

Add the fact there's an empty spot next to the existing Samsung NAND chip and it's dead easy to guess what the next upgrades to the Apple TV would be.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.