?Buy now, or wait; and how large a hard drive can you upgrade to?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by cervaro, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. cervaro macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2005
    Kent, UK
    Been looking at the Apple TV for some time now as a solution to our nearly 3 year constantly wanting to flip between discs on the DVD player (and his occasional impatience at having to wait for the thing to spin up!). So I have two questions really.

    1. Is the Apple TV likely to be revamped any time soon, so therefore, should I wait a while longer? (I can wait as no urgency)

    2. If I bought one now, or say a future update, what is the theoretical/practical limit on upgrading the hard drive size myself?

    Not particularly interested in streaming content at the moment as we don't watch much TV away from the living room, so purely a media centre application is what I need. Dread to think how long it'd take me to encode his discs, but that's what I've got a powerful PC for as I don't want to thrash my MacBook Pro doing that! ;)
  2. nlivo macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2007
    Ballarat, Australia
    The AppleTV and it being updated in the future is a really tough one to say. There have been no rumours, and hardware-wise it doesn't need much to be updated. If it were to be updated, it'd be this September (along with the iPods) or January/February. That's just my guess though. But I also think that if it was going to be updated (hardware), then it'll be updated in a big way. Maybe it'll just be a big screen or they might (even though I have always said they would never do it) even add a DVD drive. But I have no idea what I'm talking about because I'm just an Apple consumer.
  3. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    Well, that depends. If you are talking about replacing the internal hard drive with the exact same type (currently notebook 2.5" pata) then you are limited to 250 GB (biggest one made).

    *However* if you perform the eSata Mod, you can upgrade to as large an eSata drive as they make, currently I am running a 1TB atv and a 500GB ATV.

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