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Apple TV (2nd Generation) Specs

Identifiers: 2nd Gen - MC572LL/A - AppleTV2,1 - A1378 - 2411

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Apple TV (2nd Gen) Packed in a minute -- 3.9 inch by 3.9 inch by 0.9 inch -- black hockey puck-esq case, the Apple TV (Second Generation/Late 2010/Black) was designed to make it easy to rent movies and TV shows from Apple as well as stream movies, shows, photos and other content from a Mac, PC, iPod, iPhone or iPad all at 720p and 30 FPS (it does not support 1080p). It has built-in support for Netflix, YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe streaming as well.

In a significant departure from the original Apple TV, the second generation model was made for streaming and rentals alone -- there is no advertised internal storage and no option to buy content -- but it did not require a Mac or PC for "tethering" either.

It is powered by an Apple A4 processor and runs a variant of the iOS that powers the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad models, although it does not formally run the iOS and cannot run iOS applications either.

Connectivity includes HDMI, optical audio, 10/100Base-T Ethernet, and a single Micro-USB port "for service and diagnostics" -- and hacking, no doubt -- as well as 802.11a/b/g/n wireless networking.

Also see:

  • What are the differences between the black second generation Apple TV and the original Apple TV? Which is best for me?
  • What are the differences between the black second generation Apple TV and the Aluminum Mac mini available at the time of its introduction? Which is best for my needs?

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Click on the underlined category text for related details. The most commonly needed info is "open" by default, but all info is important.


September 1, 2010* March 7, 2012
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

*Please note that this model was introduced on September 1, 2010 but it started to ship on September 28, 2010.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 2010.
1 N/A
Details: The Geekbench 2 benchmark does not support the Apple TV. Geekbench 2 benchmarks reflect results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better. Individual user-submitted benchmarks can vary, but an average can be useful to get an idea of the relative performance of different Macs. You also might be interested in combing through all Geekbench user-submissions for Macs with the AppleTV2,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench results from different Macs side-by-side, please see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
1 GHz* Apple A4
Details: *Apple states that the second generation Apple TV has an Apple A4 processor (S5L8930) but does not specify the clockspeed. However, it is a variable speed processor with a maximum clockspeed of 1 GHz and it commonly runs around 750 MHz to 800 MHz.

Also see: What type of processor does the black second generation Apple TV use? Can it be upgraded?
N/A N/A
Details: N/A
Soldered Integrated
Details: The Apple A4 processor is soldered and cannot be upgraded.
N/A N/A
Details:
N/A N/A
Details:
N/A N/A
Details: N/A
Onboard N/A
Details: N/A
256 MB* 256 MB
Details: *Apple does not specify the amount of RAM onboard. However, in its customary "teardown," iFixit determined that it has 256 MB of RAM onboard, just like the iPod touch (4th Gen).

Also see: How much RAM of what type does the black second generation Apple TV support? Can it be upgraded?

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
256 MB None
Details:
N/A N/A
Details: N/A
N/A N/A
Details: The video cannot be upgraded.
Single Display* Multiple*
Details: The second generation Apple TV requires a "high-definition TV with HDMI and [that is] capable of 720p 60/50Hz."

Also see: How do you connect the black second generation Apple TV to a television?

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None N/A
Details: The Apple TV can only be connected to a single television.
None* N/A
Details: *Officially, the second generation Apple TV has no internal storage. However, in its customary "teardown," iFixit determined that it actually has 8 GB of flash memory to cache content during streaming. It no doubt will be used by clever hackers for onboard storage as well.

Also see: How much storage does the black second generation Apple TV contain? Can it be upgraded?

Site sponsor Mission Repair offers free diagnosis of Apple TV hardware problems and a 24-hour repair service for this Apple TV.
None None
Details: No Apple TV plays CDs or DVDs.
None 10/100Base-T
Details: This Apple TV has a "wired" 10/100Base-T Ethernet port as well as 802.11n wireless capabilities.
802.11a/b/g/n None
Details: The Apple TV has built-in support for AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n).

Also see: What is 802.11n? How is it different from 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a?
1 (Micro-USB) None
Details: Apple reports that the single Micro-USB port is "for service and diagnostics".
None None
Details: The Apple TV models have no expansion slots or bays. It is not designed to be upgraded by end users.
None None*
Details: This Apple TV shipped with an Aluminum Apple Remote. It also has a single Micro-USB port that Apple reports is "for service and diagnostics" (as well as hacking).
Cuboid Apple TV (2nd Gen)
Details: Uses a tiny 3.9 inch by 3.9 inch, 0.9 inch tall case.
MC572LL/A 2nd Gen
Details: The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
A1378 (EMC 2411) AppleTV2,1
Details: These identifiers are unique to this specific Apple TV.

Also see: All Macs with the A1378 Model Number, the 2411 EMC Number, and the AppleTV2,1 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
Unknown N/A
Details: N/A
iOS 4.1* Current
Details: *Apple does not formally specify what operating system the second generation Apple TV uses, but it was pre-installed with a modified version of iOS 4.1. It is not capable of running iOS applications, however.
N/A N/A
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
3.9 x 3.9 x 0.9 0.6 lbs. (0.27 kg)
Details: In inches - height x width x depth (98 mm x 98 mm x 23 mm)
US$99 US$50-US$75
Details: Photo Credit: Apple, Inc.



Click on the underlined category text for additional details. The most commonly needed info is "open" by default, but all info is important. The icons correspond with the icons for each port on the computer.


1 (HDMI) None
Details: The second generation Apple TV has a single HDMI port.
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
1 (Micro-USB) None
Details: Apple reports that the single Micro-USB port is "for service and diagnostics".
None 1 (RJ-45)
Details: One 10/100Base-T Ethernet port.
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
1* None
Details: *The second generation Apple TV has an optical audio out port.
None N/A
Details: N/A
1 N/A
Details: The Apple TV has a built-in 6-watt universal power supply.



Global original prices for the TV (2nd Generation) in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

For global original prices for Intel Macs in one particular country on a single page, please refer to EveryMac.com's Global Original Prices section.


Original Prices - North America

C$119 US$99

Original Prices - Europe

€119 N/A
DKK 949 €119
€119 €119
€119 €119
€119 NOK 850
€119 €119
SEK 1985 CHF 129
£99

Original Prices - Asia

N/A N/A
¥8,800 N/A
N/A

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$129 NZ$169


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