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Apple TV 2
New version of the much maligned Apple TV. Powered by an Apple A4 processor, manufactured by ARM, and the same type as used in the iPad.

Dissapointingly, only iTunes local content can be streamed, making the device more like an updated Roku with iTunes media extender functionaility than a true 'Media Player'. Format support is poor (h.264 to 720p / MPEG4 to 480p in .m4v/.mp4/.mov containers), with no DTS support, let alone 7.1 audio. The streaming content is good but not spectacular. Netflix is available on numerous devices these days, and the 2 year old Roku actually has a wider range of available content (and similar specs)!

The price point of $99 is aggressive but the specs of the new Apple TV are poor. The Apple TV 2 can be improved by installing custom firmware and XBMC. This makes the media management amongst the best but does not solve the lack of processing power or 1080p support.

Apple TV (mk2)
Specification Summary

Launch Date September 2010 3243 days ago
Country USA
Ranking 592/837   ? 
Player Type 
Chipset Family Apple A4   ? 
Chipset Model Apple A4 @ 1Ghz Single Core
Chipset Rating 2 /5   ? 
Network 10/100 Wi-Fi(n)  ? 
Size 98 x 98 x 23mm   Fan No
Video Outputs HDMI
Audio Outputs HDMI TOSLINK
DVD ISO No   Blu-Ray ISO No
XBMC No   ? 
HD Audio DTS DmixTrueHD DmixDTS-HD MA Dmix
DTS PassTrueHD PassDTS-HD MA Pass   ? 
Page last updated: 31-May-13
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March 13, 2011 - 17:49

it just works. with the newest update air play home sharing etc its among the easiest and best u can get for such a great price. if u dont mind using itunes and own an iphone the experience is a thousand times better. the processor works just fine it has netflix mlb and nba now hopefully it will get nfl red zone check out this as well: How to stream AVI and MKV via iPhone or iPad to Apple TV


for the occasional user or somebody who doesn't want spend hours and hours with their media and obsessed with files and format i cant see a better option for ease of use for accessing any file on any computer using home sharing and lastly the simplicity of using your phone to control everything is very convenient.

Reply to codazar
March 13, 2011 - 17:54

it may be a toy to some people but most people dont want to jailbreak shit dont want to waste hours converting files downloading figuring out how to access their media searing for firmware. my apple tv was up and running in less than five minutes recognized my network the home sharing and air play work flawlessly

Reply to codazar
March 29, 2011 - 18:20

By loading this site, one would have been edumacated enough to know that this device is not in contention even with devices from 4yrs ago. That cell phone processor is so weak, so lacking of a feature set that one would have to be an Apple fan to be proud of it.

My old WDTV was a snap to get up and running, found all my shares, my attached drives. You need itunes (running on a pc) to be able to do that. Ony 720p, very few codecs supported makes ATV a failure.

Even with the hacks and XBMC, you are still very limited with the very weak hardware.

Sandolear the Brute
February 01, 2011 - 00:47

Don't bother as there are FAR, FAR better devices listed on this site. This thing is a toy.

whammo – prague
January 24, 2011 - 12:06

there are currently various hacks/jailbreaks out there for the apple tv 2g. all you have to do is google. while this won't improve the unit's processing power, it does make it more versatile in terms of content and formats played (still not sure if it handles mkv)

Reply to whammo
GeeksRulUrWrld – Da GOV
January 26, 2011 - 20:22

Still does not change the fact that this unit is way underpowered. Even with the hacks (XBMC), there is no 1080p, no WiFi, no USB host, no eSATA, slow 100mb nic, etc... Unless you are a Apple logo fanatic, you'd be a fool to get this otherwise. l

Reply to whammo
GeeksRulUrWrld – Da GOV
January 26, 2011 - 20:24

Still does not change the fact that this unit is way underpowered. Even with the hacks (XBMC), there is no 1080p, no USB host, no eSATA, slow 100mb nic, etc... Unless your a Apple logo fan, you'd be a fool to get this otherwise. l

siva – Melbourne, Florida
January 02, 2011 - 18:33

I bought one and love it. Seeing mine, two of my neighbors bought one too. Most people are not hackers going around doing ISO of DVDs and Blurays. You want to see what succeeds in market place, you can see AppleTV. They have sold over a million units in 3 months. And I have not spent a time renting a TV show through Apple. I use Netflix and I stream my music and DVD rips as well as content from my iPhone and soon iPad. I don't care about all the different formats. Just H.264. That is the predominant standard.

Reply to siva
January 22, 2011 - 08:22

If it was not blessed with Apple's logo, you would not even gave it a second thought. I know I never would have! A two year old WDTV was much more powerful and capable than this weak box.

Dromo – London
September 06, 2010 - 16:31

If you value content then you DONT get the apple thing. But it will sell in big numbers to fans of Apple ease of use. They are tied to the movie studios in what they will play back, no dodgy DVD rips, no dodgy Bluray iso's and no dodgy recorded Tv. Only bought and paid for Itunes content. That nasty sucking sound? thats your wallet, being drained like a chemical toilet, by the drive-by Apple money pump.

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Detailed Specification
Max Resolution720p
Box TypeCloud Streamer
Chipset FamilyApple A4
Chipset ModelApple A4
Chipset Ghz1
Flash Memory (GB)
Internal HDD
USB Host
USB Slave1
USB Version
SD Card Type
Other Storage
File Systems
Network Protocols
Wired Network10/100
Wireless NetworkWi-Fi(n)
Component Video
Composite Video
HDMI Version1.3
Audio/Video Other
Stereo L/R Audio
S/PDIF Coaxial
AV Recording
AV Inputs
Video Formats (Codecs)H.264, MPEG-4, M-JPEG
Video Extensions (Containers)m4v, mp4, mov, avi
Audio Formats (Codecs)HE-AAC, AAC, protected AAC, MP3, Audible, AIFF, WAV
Audio Extensions (Containers)HE-AAC, AAC, protected AAC, MP3, Audible, AIFF, WAV
Image FormatsJPEG, GIF, TIFF
Subtitle Formats
3D Top Bottom
3D Frame PackingNo
3D Frame Sequential
Blu-Ray 3DNo
Blu-Ray ISONo
Dolby Digital (AC3) DownmixYes
Dolby Digital (AC3) PassthroughYes
Dolby Digital Plus Downmix
Dolby Digital Plus Passthrough
Dolby TrueHD Downmix
Dolby TrueHD Passthrough
DTS Downmix
DTS Passthrough
DTS-HD HR Downmix
DTS-HD HR Passthrough
DTS-HD MA Downmix
DTS-HD MA Passthrough
Internet Radio
Web ServicesMany
Native XBMC
Play Store
Web Browser
Browser Detail
Front LCDNo
Supplied Remote
Power Usage Standby
W (mm)98
D (mm)98
H (mm)23
Volume (litre)0.22
Weight (kg)
W (inches)3.9
D (inches)3.9
H (inches)0.9
Weight (lb)
HiMedia Q100
3.5" HDD BAY
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