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Apple TV (Original/1st Gen) Specs

Identifiers: Apple TV - MA711LL/A* - AppleTV1,1 - A1218 - 2123

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Apple TV The Apple TV (Original/1st Gen) -- also referred to as Apple tv, codenamed "iTV" and not to be confused with the Mac TV from yesteryear -- is a compact "set top box" that makes it possible to wirelessly "stream" iTunes content -- "music, audiobooks, videos, TV shows, and movies" -- from as many as five Macs or PCs to an enhanced-definition or HD TV.

It is powered by an officially unspecified "Intel processor" -- a 1 GHz "Dothan" Pentium M -- and equipped with 256 MB of onboard DDR2 SDRAM and a 40 GB or 160 GB hard drive "for storing content locally" (160 GB hard drive option available starting May 30, 2007, 40 GB option discontinued September 14, 2009).

Configured with a 40 GB hard drive, Apple reports that it can hold up to 50 hours of movies and TV shows (at H.264 1.5-Mbps video at 640x480 with 128-Kbps audio, 720p maximum), up to 9,000 songs (assuming songs are 4 minutes long and encoded in 128-Kbps AAC), and up to 25,000 "Apple TV viewable photos transferred from iTunes". Configured with a 160 GB hard drive, Apple reports that the system holds up to 200 hours of video, up to 36,000 songs, or up to 25,000 photos using the same formats.

Connectivity includes HDMI, component video and audio, optical audio, 10/100Base-T Ethernet, and a single USB 2.0 port "for service and diagnostics" -- and hacking -- as well as 802.11n wireless networking.

The Apple TV requires a Mac running MacOS X 10.3.9 or higher or a PC running Windows XP Home or Professional (SP2) either with a copy of iTunes 7.1 or higher, a wireless network (802.11g or 802.11n for wireless video streaming) or a 10/100Base-T Ethernet network, as well as an enhanced-definition or high-definition widescreen television (starting January 15, 2008, Apple unveiled a software update that made it possible to rent movies directly from the Apple TV without using a separate computer).

Also see: What exactly is Apple TV? Is it a television? Is it a Mac?

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January 9, 2007* September 1, 2010*
Details: The "Introduction Date" generally 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.

Unusally for Apple, this model was first revealed as a "vaporware" prototype dubbed "iTV" on September 12, 2006, but formally released as a product on January 9, 2007. It actually shipped on March 21, 2007.

*The 40 GB configuration was discontinued on September 14, 2009.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 2007.
1 812
Details: This model only is compatible with the 32-bit Geekbench 2 benchmark. 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 AppleTV1,1 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.
1.0 GHz Pentium M*
Details: *Apple only formally states that the Apple TV has an "Intel processor". However, in an excellent "dissection" that should be read in its entirety, the well-respected AnandTech believes that the Apple TV most likely has an "Ultra Low Voltage Pentium M based on the Dothan core, running at 1 GHz, 400 MHz FSB [frontside bus] and a 2 MB L2 cache".
N/A 32-Bit
Details: N/A
Soldered Integrated
Details: The processor in the Apple TV cannot be upgraded.
400 MHz 1 GHz (built-in)
Details: 400 MHz frontside bus.
EFI 32-Bit
Details: *No official information is available regarding the Apple TV firmware. However, it appears to use EFI like the Intel-based Macs.
32k 2 MB (on chip)
Details: Includes a 2 MB "on chip" level 2 cache that runs at processor speed.
Onboard (DDR2) N/A
Details: Also see: How much RAM of what type does the Apple TV support? Can it be upgraded?
256 MB* 256 MB
Details: *The internal memory in the Apple TV is onboard and cannot be upgraded.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
256 MB None*
Details: *Four onboard 64 MB Nanya DDR2 memory modules.
GeForce Go 7300* GDDR3 SDRAM
Details: *Onboard NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 graphics processor with 64 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM.

Also see: What type of processor and video processor does the Apple TV use? Can either processor be upgraded?
64 MB 64 MB
Details: The video cannot be upgraded.
Single Display* Multiple*
Details: The Apple TV requires an "enhanced-definition or high-definition widescreen TV capable of 1080i 50/50Hz, 720p 60/50Hz, 576p 50Hz (PAL format), or 480p 60Hz".

Also see: What types of television supports Apple TV? Is Apple TV compatible with HDTV and SDTV?

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None N/A
Details: The Apple TV can only be connected to a single television. It can, however, support as many as five computers for sending content to the television.
40 GB, 160 GB* IDE/PATA*
Details: *Apple only reports that the Apple TV has a 40 GB or 160 GB hard drive "for storing content locally". However, it has a 2.5" IDE/PATA -- not SATA -- hard drive. Starting on May 30, 2007, Apple began offering the160 GB configuration and discontinued the 40 GB configuration on September 14, 2009.

Also see: What type of hard drive does the Apple TV use? Can it be upgraded?

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None None
Details: The Apple TV does not play CDs or DVDs.
None 10/100Base-T
Details: The original 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 (2.0) None
Details: Apple reports that the single USB 2.0 port is "for service and diagnostics".
None None
Details: The Apple TV has no expansion slots or bays. It is not designed to be upgraded by end users.
None None*
Details: The Apple TV ships with the five button Apple Remote. It also has a single USB 2.0 port that Apple reports is "for service and diagnostics".

Also see: What can you do with the Apple TV USB port?
Cuboid Apple TV
Details: Uses a tiny 7.7 inch by 7.7 inch, 1.1 inch tall case.
MA711LL/A* Apple TV
Details: *MA711LL/A was assigned to the original configuration with a 40 GB hard drive. MB189LL/A was assigned to the configuration with a 160 GB hard drive.
A1218 (EMC 2123) AppleTV1,1
Details: These identifiers are unique to this specific Apple TV.

Also see: All Macs with the A1218 Model Number, the 2123 EMC Number, and the AppleTV1,1 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
X 10.4.7 (8N5107)* X 10.4.7 (8N5107)*
Details: *No "official" information is available regarding the Apple TV operating system, but it is clear that it runs a "stripped down" version of Mac OS X. MacWorld reported specifically that it runs a varient of Mac OS X 10.4.7 (8N5107).
N/A* N/A*
Details: *Apple provides no official support for running Windows on the Apple TV, but the underlying hardware is Intel-based and is capable of running Windows.
None None*
Details: *The underlying hardware is capable of booting Windows, but no official information is available.

Also see: Can Apple TV run Windows or Linux?
1.1 x 7.7 x 7.7 2.4 lbs. (1.09 kg)
Details: In inches - height x width x depth (28 mm x 197 mm x 197 mm).
US$299 US$50-US$150
Details: *Starting May 30, 2007, the Apple TV was available with the original 40 GB hard drive for US$299 or a 160 GB hard drive for US$399. On January 15, 2008, Apple cut the price of the 40 GB model to US$229 and the 160 GB model to US$329. On September 14, 2009, Apple discontinued the 40 GB configuration and reduced the price of the 160 GB configuration to US$229.

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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), 1 (Component)* None
Details: *The Apple TV provides a single HDMI port and the standard component video triumvirate.
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
1 (2.0) None
Details: Apple reports that the single USB 2.0 port is "for service and diagnostics".
None 1 (RJ-45)
Details: A single 10/100Base-T Ethernet port.
None None*
Details: The Apple TV provides the standard component video triumvirate.
None None
Details: N/A
2* None
Details: *The Apple TV provides both component audio out and optical audio out ports. It does not support true 5.1 surround sound.

Also see: Does the Apple TV support 5.1 channel surround sound?
None N/A
Details: N/A
1 N/A
Details: The Apple TV has a built-in 48-watt universal power supply.



Global original prices for the TV (Original/1st Gen) 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$349, C$449 US$299

Original Prices - Europe

N/A €299
DKK 2,299 €179
€299 €299
N/A €299
€299 NOK 2.590
N/A €289
SEK 2795 CHF 429, 579
£199

Original Prices - Asia

N/A N/A
¥36,800, ¥49,800 N/A
N/A

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$449, A$579 NZ$498, NZ$659


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