One of the last things most Apple fans would dream of doing is pulling apart their nice new Apple TV 3, although this is exactly what others cannot wait to do the minute they get their hands-on the 3rd generation device. The good news is we can keep our Apple TV’s intact and have a look at the insides thanks to a teardown posted online.
You can see some of the Apple TV 3 teardown images on this page, although a more detailed look at the different parts and what they might be can be seen in this forum post on XBMC. They try to discover what manufacture week their device is from, the type of RAM inside and how this compares to other devices like the Kindle Fire.
Interestingly the forum member also noticed a second antenna that didn’t seem to be inside the second generation Apple TV, and while we’re not sure what this is for it has to be said that our network issues could be helped when streaming high definition video. Most people don’t have network or Wi-Fi issues when streaming content with the Apple TV, but we’ve experience a few in our tests and would love an option for 5Ghz.
Apple missed an opportunity with Apple TV 3 – it’s a shame we didn’t see the launch of native Apple TV apps, which saw more of a minor update with the latest device and not the innovation we wanted. You might also want to read about hidden implications of the 5.0 update, which could lead to more 3rd party services coming in the future.
Head over to XBMC.org to see more photos and details on the insides, also feel free to share a comment below on the new Apple TV and what is missing in terms of specs.