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Old Feb 17, 2013, 09:15 AM   #1
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Model number for AppleTV with A5X chip?

I read here on MacRumors that the only way to distinguish between the AppleTV with the A5 chip and the the newer model with the A5X chip is by the model number.

Does anyone know what the model number for the AppleTV with the A5X chip is? I want to make sure I get that one.

Might help to know both model numbers actually, A5 version and A5X version.

EDIT: Found out from Wikipedia that the model number for the A5 chip version is MD199LL/A. This is the version currently in the store when I checked yesterday. If anyone knows what the A5X model number is or will be, and would post it here, that would be appreciated.

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Old Feb 19, 2013, 10:54 AM   #2
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Modelnumber..

The number for the ATV "3,2" should be A1469 and A1427 for 3,1.. Cant remember where i saw it. I dont know the other part of the modelnumber.. I am also waiting for this "silent" upgrade
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 06:21 AM   #3
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The number for the ATV "3,2" should be A1469 and A1427 for 3,1.. Cant remember where i saw it. I dont know the other part of the modelnumber.. I am also waiting for this "silent" upgrade
Hi, thanks for your reply.

If the model number is A1427 what is MD199LL/A? When I went to the Apple Store and picked up the box, MD199LL/A is what was on the price sticker. Then I saw that number listed in the Apple TV article on Wikipedia. Where do you find the A1427 number? Would it be on the hardware itself? Would I find that number if I picked up a demo unit in an Apple Store and looked on the bottom or back of it?

Thanks again, I appreciated your response.

EDIT: I didn't read the Wikipedia article close enough. You are right. A1427 is the model number for 3,1. MD199LL/A is the order number.

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Old Feb 20, 2013, 08:16 AM   #4
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Hi, thanks for your reply.

If the model number is A1427 what is MD199LL/A? When I went to the Apple Store and picked up the box, MD199LL/A is what was on the price sticker. Then I saw that number listed in the Apple TV article on Wikipedia. Where do you find the A1427 number? Would it be on the hardware itself? Would I find that number if I picked up a demo unit in an Apple Store and looked on the bottom or back of it?

Thanks again, I appreciated your response.

EDIT: I didn't read the Wikipedia article close enough. You are right. A1427 is the model number for 3,1. MD199LL/A is the order number.
Where you can find A1429 on the unit itself....
http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/rev...ation-1080p/P1

However, where you can find it on the box? Not sure. I don't have any of my AppleTV boxes anymore (and a couple I bought refurbed anyway). I'm not sure if the new AppleTV 3,2 will even get a new Order Number since Apple has stated it is a silent upgrade which may mean you won't know which model you got until you open it up (much like when the iPad 2,1 was swapped out for the iPad 2,4 with the smaller and more energy efficient A5r2, both carried the same order number of MC769LL/A).
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 10:16 AM   #5
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Where you can find A1429 on the unit itself....
http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/rev...ation-1080p/P1

However, where you can find it on the box? Not sure. I don't have any of my AppleTV boxes anymore (and a couple I bought refurbed anyway). I'm not sure if the new AppleTV 3,2 will even get a new Order Number since Apple has stated it is a silent upgrade which may mean you won't know which model you got until you open it up (much like when the iPad 2,1 was swapped out for the iPad 2,4 with the smaller and more energy efficient A5r2, both carried the same order number of MC769LL/A).
Thanks much, great help! I'll have to stop by the Apple Store again and check out the hardware on display.
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 08:58 PM   #6
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A1469.

Just bought mine to replace a possibly dying 2nd Gen. Will plug it in and see if anything's changed when I get home.
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 09:03 PM   #7
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A1469.

Just bought mine to replace a possibly dying 2nd Gen. Will plug it in and see if anything's changed when I get home.
Nice!

You purchased it in Australia, from Apple Online store or...?
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Nice!

You purchased it in Australia, from Apple Online store or...?
I work for a reseller, saw the new code on the box, checked it, bought it.

There's nothing on the outside that looks any different.
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Verdict:

It's an AppleTV. I can't see if it's smaller at all - looks the same side-by-side.

It's certainly faster in navigating menus than my A4 AppleTV and the 1080p output certainly gives my photos that extra bit of pop.

Otherwise, no difference.
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Verdict:

It's an AppleTV. I can't see if it's smaller at all - looks the same side-by-side.

It's certainly faster in navigating menus than my A4 AppleTV and the 1080p output certainly gives my photos that extra bit of pop.

Otherwise, no difference.
Thanks for posting that.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 04:49 PM   #11
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Verdict:

It's an AppleTV. I can't see if it's smaller at all - looks the same side-by-side.

It's certainly faster in navigating menus than my A4 AppleTV and the 1080p output certainly gives my photos that extra bit of pop.

Otherwise, no difference.
You sure you have the new 5x?

Cause if you went from ATV2 to ATV3/2012 some people noticed a difference in speed

Maybe you have last years model
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 05:11 PM   #12
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You sure you have the new 5x?

Cause if you went from ATV2 to ATV3/2012 some people noticed a difference in speed

Maybe you have last years model
If he's got A4169, it's the A5X model.
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You sure you have the new 5x?

Cause if you went from ATV2 to ATV3/2012 some people noticed a difference in speed

Maybe you have last years model
It's the new model. And I said I did notice a difference in speed - just not in size.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 07:29 PM   #14
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Does the box have the new Model #A1469 on it or is there a new Order # for this model as well? If so, can you please share. I'm looking to finally buy an Apple TV and would like to get the new hardware.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 07:36 PM   #15
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Product code is still 199whatever/a.

Model number is A1469.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 07:38 PM   #16
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Product code is still 199whatever/a.

Model number is A1469.
Do you know if Apple is selling those at all resellers worldwide or online ?
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 07:42 PM   #17
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Do you know if Apple is selling those at all resellers worldwide or online ?
Nah, dunno.

Just had a delivery yesterday so I thought I'd do some investigationing.

All the new units we got in were the updated model though. Apart from the tiny model number on the bottom of the box there's no way to tell. I don't see any difference in operation between our 3,1 demo unit and my 3,2. Certainly slicker than my 2,1 unit though.
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Open it up see what's inside
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So is it out?
Has anyone else seen the new models?
I ask because I am on the Verge of buying a new Apple TV 3.
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If he's got A4169, it's the A5X model.
No one has actually proven such a thing exists, unfounded rumor and speculation. All Chundles said was his ATV3 is noticeably faster than his ATV2. Well of course it is, it has the A5 vs. the A4 of the older generation 2 model, not the A5X.
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No one has actually proven such a thing exists, unfounded rumor and speculation. All Chundles said was his ATV3 is noticeably faster than his ATV2. Well of course it is, it has the A5 vs. the A4 of the older generation 2 model, not the A5X.
Nobody is sure whether or not the Apple TV 3,2 has a dumbed down version of the A5X chip or the A5.

It would be nice to know what chip is inside the new one.
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Nobody is sure whether or not the Apple TV 3,2 has a dumbed down version of the A5X chip or the A5.

It would be nice to know what chip is inside the new one.
I agree. So its best to assume its just the A5 until proven otherwise. Folks buying on the assumption its an improved architecture will be sorely disappointed when they realize its the same A5. I suspect, as has been the trend since the ATV1, there won't be a new processor until generation 4.
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Old Feb 24, 2013, 03:10 PM   #23
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I ordered an Apple TV from Amazon (US) a couple days ago and received model A1469. Have not noticed anything different then my model A1427, but I'm happy I have the updated version nonetheless.

And no, I'm not going to open it up to look at the chip.

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Old Feb 25, 2013, 02:40 PM   #24
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Stopped by my local Apple Store today, and they have the new A1469 mixed in with the older A1427 on the shelf...

It's faster than my 2nd gen, but that goes without saying.
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Picked myself up one from the local apple store. They are indeed mixed in with the 1427's. Feels snappier then my 2nd Gen. which sold for a pretty penny on ebay.
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