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Apple TV (3rd Generation, Early 2012) Specs

Identifiers: 3rd Gen - MD199LL/A - AppleTV3,1 - A1427 - 2528

All Apple TV Models | All 2012 Models

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Apple TV (3rd Gen) The Apple TV (3rd Generation/Early 2012) looks identical to the second generation model, but has a more powerful processor and twice the RAM and accordingly is capable of supporting 1080p video rather than just 720p like its predecessor.

The third generation Apple TV makes it easy to rent or purchase movies and TV shows from Apple as well as stream or mirror movies, shows, photos and other content from an iPod, iPhone or iPad as well as from a Mac or PC. It has built-in support for iCloud, Netflix, YouTube and Flickr along with other services.

It is powered by a single core 32 nm Apple A5 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) as well as 802.11a/b/g/n wireless networking.

Also see:

  • What are all the differences between the Apple TV (3rd Gen) and the Apple TV (2nd Gen) it replaced? Which is best for me?
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March 7, 2012* March 10, 2013*
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.

*It first shipped in the US on March 16, 2012. On January 29, 2013, a slightly revised Apple TV 3rd Generation (AppleTV3,2) model first appeared in FCC filings and it started to ship on or around March 10, 2013.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 2012.
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 AppleTV3,1 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 A5
Details: *Apple states that the third generation Apple TV has a single core Apple A5 processor of unspecified clockspeed. However, third-party teardown and analysis determined that it actually is a 32 nm 1 GHz Apple A5 (APL2498, S5L8942) processor that has two cores, but one core is disabled.
N/A N/A
Details: N/A
Soldered Integrated
Details: The Apple A5 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
512 MB* 512 MB*
Details: *Apple does not specify the amount of RAM onboard. However, third-parties have confirmed that it has 512 MB of RAM like other iOS devices that support 1080p video.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
512 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 third generation Apple TV requires a "high-definition TV with HDMI and [that is] capable of 1080p or 720p at 60/50Hz."

Also see: How do you connect the black second and third generation Apple TV models 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 third generation Apple TV has no internal storage. However, third-parties have determined that this model actually has 8 GB of flash memory to cache content, just like the second generation Apple TV.

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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 third generation Apple TV has built-in support for 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 ships 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.
MD199LL/A 3rd Gen
Details: The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
A1427 (EMC 2528) AppleTV3,1
Details: These identifiers are unique to this specific Apple TV.

Also see: All Macs with the A1427 Model Number, the 2528 EMC Number, and the AppleTV3,1 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 5.1* Current
Details: *Apple does not formally specify what operating system this third generation Apple TV uses, but it was pre-installed with a modified version of iOS 5.1. It is not capable of running iOS applications, however.
N/A N/A
Details: N/A
None None
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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$60-US$80
Details: Photo Credit: Apple, Inc.



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1 (HDMI) None
Details: The third generation Apple TV models have 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 third generation Apple TV models have 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 (3rd Generation, Early 2012) 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$109 US$99

Original Prices - Europe

€109 €119
DKK 849 €109
€109 €109
€109 €109
€89 NOK 679
€89 €109
SEK 899 CHF 109
£99

Original Prices - Asia

N/A HK$788
¥8,800 S$148
NT$3,690

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$109 NZ$159


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