Apple TV is Apple's digital media player and microconsole. First introduced introduced in January 2007 with a Pentium M processor, it has since been updated with Apple A series processors and support for 4K video with HDR.[1]


The 2nd generation model was introduced on September 1, 2010 in a much smaller form factor and a lower price by omitting local hard disk drive storage in favor of digital streaming of media content.[2] In place of the hard drive is 8GB of flash memory to be used as a buffer for streaming content.[3] The 4th generation model was introduced on October 30, 2015 with a new Wii-like Siri Remote controller to encourage gaming on the system. Flash memory has been increased to 32GB or 64GB in the form of a solid-state drive.[4] The 5th generation model was introduced on September 12, 2017 with the ability to display 4K video.[1]

Despite being treated as a "hobby", the Apple TV had sold over 25,000,000 units by March 2015.[5]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Press release: Apple TV 4K brings home the magic of cinema with 4K and HDR, Apple. 2017-09-12.
  2. Original Apple TV: Apple’s Improper Abandonment and What to Do by Dan Bashur, Low End Mac. 2018-06-26.
  3. Apple TV Q&A, EveryMac. 2012-04-13.
  4. Turn Your Apple TV into a Motion-Control, Wii-Lik Gaming System by Alexander Craig, AppAdvice. 2016. Accessed 2019-01-07.
  5. Apple TV has grown from a 'hobby' into a nice little business by Matt Rosoff, Business Insider. 2015-03-17.

See alsoEdit

  • Apple Interactive Television Box (1994-1996), Apple's first effort to develop a set-top box.
  • Mac mini (2005-present), Apple's small desktop computer which added HDMI output in 2010.
  • Macintosh TV (1993-1994), Apple's first attempt to integrate a computer and television.
  • Pioneer MPC-LX200-TV (1996-1997), the only Macintosh clone with television capabilities.
  • Pippin (1996-1998), Apple's ill-fated consumer multimedia platform.

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