Second-Generation Apple TV Added to Apple's List of Obsolete Products

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today updated its official list of vintage and obsolete products to add the second-generation Apple TV, originally released in 2010.

    The second-generation Apple TV was the first Apple TV that featured a black body and an aluminum Apple Remote, an updated look compared to the silver and white Apple TV that was originally released in 2007.

    Apple sold the second-generation Apple TV from September of 2010 until 2012, which is when the company released the third-generation Apple TV with an A5 chip and support for 1080p content.

    The second-generation Apple TV is now classified as "vintage" in the United States and Turkey and "obsolete" in the rest of the world. Vintage products are those that have not been manufactured for more than 5 and less than 7 years ago, while obsolete products are those that were discontinued more than 7 years ago.

    Both classifications essentially mean Apple is no longer providing hardware service for the device except in Turkey and California, where local statutes require that Apple continue to provide service and parts for a longer period of time.

    Article Link: Second-Generation Apple TV Added to Apple's List of Obsolete Products
  2. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    They might as well obsolete the third-gen Apple TV while they're at it. You know that won't likely be receiving any meaningful updates going forward.
  3. Mac 128 macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    Mine's still going strong. It's also very easy to jailbreak, which allows it to keep up with more current needs.
  4. atikalz macrumors regular


    Mar 22, 2016
    They can also add the 4th gen too, since it doesn't even support 4K. Don't rrush innovation, Apple!
  5. vertical smile macrumors 68030

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    I wish I could put the ATV2 or 3 version of apps on the ATV4.

    I remember being so excited to purchase the ATV2. It was a nice upgrade, although, it was strange that they dropped the 1080p for 720p.
  6. WBRacing macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2012
  7. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009
    Yeah Apple TV needs to be replaced with something that also has a mic and speaker for home automation and they really need to kick up Homekit adoption even if it means making accessories themselves that are reasonably priced.
  8. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    I disagree. I think the ATV 4th gen will continue to be supported for a long time -- much like the iPad 2 was. I think it will be sold as the entry-level ATV when the next-gen ATV is released. It's perfect for people (like myself) that have 1080p TVs and don't have any desire to upgrade them anytime soon.
  9. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    Oh crap! Another $100.00 device that's becoming a paperweight.
  10. lazyrighteye, Mar 1, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2017

    lazyrighteye macrumors 68000


    Jan 16, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Tim clearly has no vision. :p

    I have a v1 in a box in my closet, a v3 in the bedroom and v4 in living room. Interested to see the platform mature. Seems primed/ready.
  11. Tycho24 Suspended


    Aug 29, 2014
    And only seven years after it was introduced.

  12. PR1985 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2016
    NO! I want to use my ATV 3 to watch the Keynotes and You Tube. I bet, upcoming Keynote, minimum ATV 3. I planned to skip the ATV 4.
  13. erinsarah macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2011

    Can't tell if that's sarcasm, but my ATV v1 is still going strong, as is my ATV v2. Unless they do something to make them completely incompatible with the apple ecosystem, I see no reason they would become paperweights any time soon. They still work.
  14. Lancetx macrumors 68000


    Aug 11, 2003
    Particularly when there is virtually no 4K content of any significant consequence out there yet. Not even an event like the Super Bowl was broadcast anywhere in 4K.
  15. usarioclave macrumors 65816

    Sep 26, 2003
    They're great for airplay. In fact, I would have bought a whole bunch of them but found a better deal on airport expresses. I only need audio anyway, but if the price was right ATV2's would be OK.
  16. SBlue1 macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
    Why? Did it just stop working?
  17. sos47, Mar 1, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2017

    sos47 macrumors regular


    Jul 13, 2016
    As a non US consumer i think the ATV4 is "obsolete". The ATV2 and ATV3 certainly not.
  18. guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    There might not be 4k content, but wouldn't mind seeing 4k AirPlay. Out of curiosity (I don't have a 4K TV so wouldn't really know): how fast an internet connection do you need to decently stream 4k content?
  19. djgamble macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2006
    Hey at least it isn't a $1000-$5000 device.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 1, 2017 ---
    I believe that the magic number is roughly 25Mbps.

    For my country it's pretty tough to get that, but elsewhere it should be no problem.
  20. pat500000 macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2015
  21. UltimaKilo macrumors 6502

    Nov 14, 2007
    I still own my ATV3. The ATV4 never enticed me and still doesn't. It has all the sports and TV apps I need.

    Maybe when ATV5 is released and supports 4K I'll upgrade, but I'm not a fan of how large the ATV4 is so I hope the reduce the size.
  22. scott911 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2009
    i'll give apple TV another try when it supports 4K - matching everything else I've invested in.
  23. Barry Marshall macrumors member

    Barry Marshall

    Jan 11, 2016
    VPN Land
    Clearly then, most people that still work at Apple are obsolete and should be classified as such, like Cook. Time for a new CEO since Apple needs one with vision.
  24. clukas macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2010
    7 years is a good run for a product, and good to see the TV2 supported for that long.

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