Apple TV Specs?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    AppleInsider claims to have nailed down the specs of the recently-announced Apple TV. Along with previously known specifications, the Apple TV is said to include the following hardware assortment:

    - 1 GHz Pentium M, 2 MB L2 Cache
    - 350 Mhz Front Side Bus
    - nVidia G72M with 64MB DDR2 VRAM (GeForce Go 7400)
    - 256 MB DDR2 400 Mhz RAM

    Also mentioned is that the unit does in fact contain a cooling fan.
  2. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    It's a Mini Mac Mini.
    Hmmm..... There's got to be somethingnI do with that...
  3. obeygiant macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    totally cool
    For this thing to work you have to have 802.11n right?
  4. uNext macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2006
    say what?

    I know we can hack this and install mac os x on it or windows for a full blown media horse. PLay any type of video holy **** i might just buy it

    The possibilities are endless-those specs actually make the apple tv a little more attractive
  5. capone2 macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2005
  6. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    For reference: Apple's tech spec page
    Intel processor
    40GB hard drive
    HDMI (video and audio)
    Component video
    Optical audio
    Analog RCA stereo audio
    10/100BASE-T Ethernet
    USB 2.0 (for service and diagnostics)
    802.11n wireless networking
    Built-in IR receiver (works with included Apple Remote)​
  7. quagmire macrumors 603


    Apr 19, 2004
    Eh. Core Solo would of been preferable, but at least the Pentium M is better then the any of the Netburst architecture.
  8. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    They really don't. If you hack it to run OSX or Windows, it then won't run the Apple TV software. Why not just buy a media center PC from Dell that would have vastly better specs? The lack of 802.11n streaming? Don't count on being able to do that if you just install Windows, but I guess you could wirelessly transfer it to the hard drive. Is that really worth a crippled machine? Or the price? You can buy an older PC for the price of the Apple TV.
  9. Silentwave macrumors 68000

    May 26, 2006
    Gainesville, FL

    The Core Solo/Core Duo chips used in the first gen of intel macs are all based on the Pentium M architecture, and the Core Microarchitecture in C2D and Woodcrest is for all intents and purposes the direct male-line descendant of that.

    It's probably the Pentium M ultra-low-voltage Dothan 723, or something like that. It'd be interesting to see if it's socketed or soldered. Probably soldered, but if it were socketed....

    I'd also look see if RAM could be jacked up
  10. longofest Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    No. any of the 802.11 b/g/n protocols, or it also has wired 10/100 networking as well. But you need g or greater for video streaming.
  11. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    It's got to be running OS X already... maybe stripped down, but still OS X.
  12. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    Due to the relatively low price, it might be attractive as a base for modifications and hacks. Time will tell...
  13. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    It seems to have the lowest-cost chips that do the job. Makes sense to me.

    Don't count on being able to hack it do do much more... but then again, they have iPods dual-booting Linux these days!
  14. darwen macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2005
    California, US
    Does anyone know if this implies Mac OS X can be installed?
  15. Zatko macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2005

    I love most Apple products. I am also the target market for this device. I will most definately not purchase it... it's a complete dud from what I can see. Hopefully they go back to the drawing board and give me a reason to replace my Tivo or prevent me from getting a Slingbox.
  16. Performa macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2005

    Core Solo "would of" been preferable? I think you meant "would have" or "would've".

    sorry.....couldn't help myself.
  17. 59031 macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2005
    Pentium? PENTIUM? Are you F'n kidding me? Yuck.
  18. echeck macrumors 68000


    Apr 20, 2004
    Boise, Idaho
    It's not meant to replace your TiVo. From what I see it's just another piece of hardware to work seamlessly with your iTunes library.

    If it had DVR capabilities, great, but why would Apple include DVR software when most the TV shows that would be recorded are on the iTunes Store.

    Apple's approaching this the say way they approached the iPod. They're just trying to pitch the iTunes Store, not necessarily the hardware that runs the media.

    I think these specs are just fine for what the Apple tv will do for me. :)
  19. laidbackliam macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2006
    dude, its not like you're going to use final cut or logic on it.

    i use a 350 mhz sawtooth to do a similair thing.
  20. 59031 macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2005
    The Pentium architecture has always stank. I would have hoped that Apple would never have used it. Imagine if they had put Pentium 4's in the MacPro's.
  21. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    I'm not just refering to you here, but would you have bought it before you knew the specs? :rolleyes:
  22. p0intblank macrumors 68030

    Sep 20, 2005
    New Jersey
    But they don't and they never will... the AppleTV's specs are obviously good enough for what it was built for, so why are there people complaining? It's a media center box, not a computer meant for everyday use.
  23. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    No. It will work with "g" or a wired connection

    I actually expect almost 1/2 the unts will use the wired connection. People who get their Internet connection over the cable TV would have a router near the TV set. Would need only a two foot cat-5 cable

    The device can work by either playing from the internal disk or streaming over the network. To play from the HD a slow network would be OK.
  24. StealthRider macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2002
    Yokosuka, Japan
    You guys are all missing the real question.

    Why does this $299, thin, internally cramped machine have a better GPU than both the MacBook and the Mac mini?
  25. Westside guy macrumors 601

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    Well, probably because most people (read: me) aren't willing to give up the ability to channel surf just for the "privilege" of using the iTunes store. If I'm going to buy an Apple TV, it really does have to replace my Tivo. I'm not going to purchase a show to check it out; I'd only purchase a show I already know I want to watch.

    Now if ITMS comes through with a subscription model for their TV shows, then I might consider it. But I suspect most people watch TV differently than they listen to music, given that TV viewing habits have been ingrained for decades (while portable music was never truly mainstream until the iPod came along).

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