New Apple TV Teardown Provides Closer Look at A8 Chip, Larger Heat Sink and Siri Remote


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Apr 12, 2001

iFixit has posted a hardware teardown of the new fourth-generation Apple TV, providing a closer look at the set-top box's A8 chip, flash storage, redesigned power supply with a larger heat sink and other logic board components. The website also provided a teardown of the accompanying Siri Remote.

Under the hood, the new Apple TV features a dual-core, 64-bit Apple A8 chip with 2GB of SK Hynix LPDDR3 SDRAM, custom Apple memory controller, SK Hynix NAND flash storage, Universal Scientific Industrial Wi-Fi module and SMSC USB 2.0 to 10/100 Ethernet controller.

Apple TV 4 Components List
Apple A8 APL1011 SoC
Universal Scientific Industrial 339S00045 Wi-Fi module
SMSC LAN9730 USB 2.0 to 10/100 Ethernet controller
Apple 338S00057 custom memory controller
Texas Instruments PA61
Fairchild Semiconductor DF25AU 010D 030D
NXP 1112 0206 5271B4K
V301 F 57K C6XF G4

The new Apple TV also has a larger heat sink, which is likely a contributing factor to the set-top box's taller form factor. The redesigned power supply is rated at 12V at 0.917A, compared to the third-generation Apple TV's rating of 3.4V at 1.75A. The heat sink is situated above the heat-sensitive logic board.

The teardown of the Siri Remote reveals a ST Microelectronics low-power ARM Cortex-M3 MCU, Qualcomm CSR1010 Bluetooth radio, Texas Instruments low-power digital signal processor, the same Broadcom touch screen controller used in the iPhone 5s/5c and iPad Air, 410 mAh battery and a few other chips.

iFixit gave the new Apple TV a strong repairability score of 8 out of 10, with ten being the easiest to repair, because it has only a few major components, a replaceable power supply and standard Torx screws. It also found the Siri Remote has a wide gap, making it easy to pry apart for repairs.

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macrumors 68040
Feb 22, 2008
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Not knowing much about the whole regionalisation of TV, how much of a disadvantage do people in Europe have regarding access to services and shows compared to our American cousins?
It's getting better. Movies are excellent but TV shows are still quite sparse. But this is coming from The Netherlands. A small market for Apple with its own challenges in terms of content and language.


macrumors G3
Nov 26, 2007
Why do Apple devices look so great in the inside as well.
Although I've always been a software person, never much of a hardware guy, I would guess it's all about keeping your work organized.

If your work is organized, it's easy to access everything. It's easy to check that everything is properly wired and to find out where problems are coming from when they come up.

I'd imagine having messy insides is to electrical engineering what spaghetti code is to software engineering - it might work but it'll be impossible to debug, fix, or add new features in the future.
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macrumors 601
Dec 9, 2008
The new Apple TV also has a larger heat sink, which is likely a contributing factor to the set-top box's taller form factor.
So they've disassembled the current and previous TVs, looked at and counted the components in both, and still only hazard a guess as to why the news is taller? What more information do they need? :confused:
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macrumors 6502a
Dec 6, 2012
Great news everybody, this is THE Apple device with the highest repairability score. It's also the cheapest one, the one with the least possibility to fall down, the least probability that the screen cracks and the least probabiltiy that somebody trips over the cable. And, let's face it, the least probability it will endup under the tire of your car or the least probability it ends up badly during a head first visit to the toilet bowl after a night out of binge drinking.

BUT even if that happens, it will be the easiest one to repair!
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macrumors 68020
Mar 10, 2003
No optical out and no Gb ethernet.... hmmmmm ....
Notice it's a USB 2 to 10/100 adapter. I'm assuming that's the easiest way since there are no PCI lines (or are there?) on the A8, but there is USB 2.0... Same reason a USB to 10/100 adapter will (sorta) work with an iPhone or iPad.

Still, there isn't any video that needs anywhere near 100 megabit to stream... But I guess if you want the most network speed you have to use 802.11ac (will be interesting to see file copy tests comparing the two).
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