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Old Dec 13, 2013, 11:37 PM   #1
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How long do you think Apple will support the ATV 2?

With the Apple TV 2 only having an A4 chip and approaching 4 years old, how long do you think Apple will continue to support it? It still seems to be running quite smooth and since I only have a 720P TV its all I really need. Just curious for peoples opinions.

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Old Dec 13, 2013, 11:58 PM   #2
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Of course it's a total guess, but unless apple decides to unlock the apple tv to 3rd party apps, I would think that it will be supported the same as the 3rd gen Apple tv, except 720 maximum resolution instead of 1080.

I think that if apple decides to move beyond hobby status, they will probably release a new device that both atv 2 & atv 3 users will have to upgrade to get whatever advanced features the new device contains.
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Old Dec 14, 2013, 07:34 AM   #3
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I agree with Richdmoore.
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Old Dec 14, 2013, 09:28 AM   #4
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ATV 2 is jailbreakable ... throw in XBMC and enjoy life.
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Old Dec 14, 2013, 03:33 PM   #5
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I would guess they should continue to support it for a long while yet. I have two 2nd gens and have been very happy with them. I don't see the need to upgrade to the 3rd Gen.
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Perfect! Thanks.
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Old Dec 17, 2013, 07:32 AM   #7
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I think that if apple decides to move beyond hobby status, they will probably release a new device that both atv 2 & atv 3 users will have to upgrade to get whatever advanced features the new device contains.
This... I would think that if they introduce a new ATV, it will DEFINITELY have some features that will only be available on the new device. I don't think Apple would want people to NOT buy the new device...

I have both a 2nd gen and 3rd gen ATV, only because I needed a second ATV, and it happened to be at the time when the 3rd gen was available. I use both, and can't tell a difference really.
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Old Dec 21, 2013, 04:47 AM   #8
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With the Apple TV 2 only having an A4 chip and approaching 4 years old, how long do you think Apple will continue to support it? It still seems to be running quite smooth and since I only have a 720P TV its all I really need. Just curious for peoples opinions.

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Of course no saying whether new features will be provided, but it won't be considered "Vintage" until March 2017.

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1752
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With the Apple TV 2 only having an A4 chip and approaching 4 years old, how long do you think Apple will continue to support it? It still seems to be running quite smooth and since I only have a 720P TV its all I really need. Just curious for peoples opinions.

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I have one. What is the worst possible thing that could happen? If you think you're gonna fire it up one day and it won't work, your fear is unfounded, as Apple would never brick their devices en masse.

If Apple stops offering new features that the newer models have (like 1080p, and maybe Wifi 802.11ac, or whatever current and future features show up), that is certainly more likely to happen - as it does with iOS devices. It will never stop your device from doing what you bought it to do.
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Old Dec 21, 2013, 11:09 PM   #10
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I have one. What is the worst possible thing that could happen? If you think you're gonna fire it up one day and it won't work, your fear is unfounded, as Apple would never brick their devices en masse.

If Apple stops offering new features that the newer models have (like 1080p, and maybe Wifi 802.11ac, or whatever current and future features show up), that is certainly more likely to happen - as it does with iOS devices. It will never stop your device from doing what you bought it to do.
Mainly discontinuing updates or having it become slow due to them pushing the little box to far. So far it's awesome, but I was just curious.
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