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Apple TV (3rd generation)

Apple TV (3rd generation)
Brand: Apple
Category: Apple TV
  • Processor Apple A5 chip
  • Power Built-in universal 6 W power supply
  • Weight 0.6 pound
  • RAM 512 MB
  • Original Price $99
Apple TV (3rd generation)
Apple TV 3rd generation Technical Specifications

Product Brand: Apple

Editor's Rating:


  • Affordable compared to newer Apple TV models.
  • Features an intuitive and user-friendly interface.
  • Supports AirPlay for streaming content from other Apple devices.
  • Includes a physical remote control.
  • Compatible with a wide range of streaming services and apps.
  • Offers access to iTunes content and the ability to rent or buy movies and TV shows.


  • Limited video playback resolution, capped at 1080p.
  • Limited processing power compared to newer models.
  • No support for Siri voice search.
  • No Ethernet port for wired internet connection, only supports Wi-Fi.
  • Limited gaming capabilities compared to dedicated gaming consoles.

Apple TV (3rd generation) Specifications

The Apple TV (3rd generation) is a streaming media player that was released by Apple in March 2012. It allows users to stream digital content from the internet, as well as from other devices such as iPhones, iPads, and Macs. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the technical specifications and features of the Apple TV (3rd generation).

Tech Specs

Here are the technical specifications for the Apple TV (3rd generation):

  • Dimensions: 98 mm x 98 mm x 23 mm
  • Weight: 270 g
  • Processor: Apple A5 chip
  • Storage: 8 GB
  • Video output: HDMI
  • Video resolution: Up to 1080p
  • Audio output: Optical audio and HDMI
  • Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • Ethernet: 10/100BASE-T
  • Remote: Apple Remote (aluminum)


The Apple TV (3rd generation) comes with a number of features that make it a great option for streaming digital content:

  • AirPlay: With AirPlay, you can stream content from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac directly to your TV through the Apple TV.
  • iCloud: The Apple TV (3rd generation) is compatible with iCloud, which means that you can access your photos, videos, and other content stored in iCloud directly from the Apple TV.
  • Netflix and other apps: The Apple TV (3rd generation) comes with a number of built-in apps, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, and YouTube, as well as the ability to download additional apps from the App Store.
  • iTunes: With the Apple TV (3rd generation), you can rent or purchase movies and TV shows directly from the iTunes Store.


Overall, the Apple TV (3rd generation) is a solid streaming media player with good technical specifications and a number of useful features. While it may not have all the bells and whistles of newer models, it remains a viable option for those looking to stream digital content from the internet or from other devices.

Full Technical Specifications

Apple TV Technical Specifications

Announced 07 March, 2012
Released 16 March, 2012
Generation 3
Family Apple TV 3rd generation
Model identifier AppleTV3,2
Processor Type Single-core Apple A5
Level 1 cache memory (L1) N/A
Level 2 cache memory (L2) N/A
Level 3 cache memory (L3) N/A
CPU Properties 1 GHz Apple A5 (single-core ARM Cortex-A9, dual-core with one core locked)
(Rev A.)
1 GHz Apple A5 (ARM Cortex-A9, single-core – redesign from A5 dual-core)
GPU Properties Apple A5 (PowerVR SGX543MP2)
(Rev A)
Apple A5 (PowerVR SGX543MP1)
Storage Capacity 512 MB LPDDR2
Colors Black
Size and weight Height: 0.9 inch (23 mm)
Width: 3.9 inches (98 mm)
Depth: 3.9 inches (98 mm)
Weight: 0.6 pound
RAM 8 GB NAND flash for cache
Power Built-in 6-watt universal power supply
Inside the box Apple TV
Apple Remote
Power cord
Initial operating system Apple TV Software 5.0 (based on iOS 5.1)
(Rev A)
Apple TV Software 5.2 (based on iOS 6.1)
Current operating system Apple TV Software 7.9 (based on iOS 8.4.6)
Wireless Features Wi-Fi 4 (802.11a/b/g/n) (Broadcom BCM4330, dual-band, 300 Mbit/s)
Bluetooth 4.0 (support for keyboards only)
Infrared receiver
Case type Cuboid
Ports HDMI
Optical audio
10/100BASE-T Ethernet
Built-in IR receiver
Micro-USB (for service and support)
Video formats supported H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 720p, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
Audio formats supported HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Apple Lossless, FLAC, AIFF, and WAV; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through
Photo formats supported JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PNG
TV compatibility Compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI and capable of 1080p or 720p at 60/50Hz,2 including popular models from these manufacturers: Hitachi, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, NEC, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio, Westinghouse
System Requirements Wi-Fi (802.11a, b, g, or n) wireless network (wireless video streaming requires 802.11a, g, or n) or 10/100BASE-T Ethernet network
iTunes Store account for buying or renting movies and buying TV shows
Netflix account for streaming Netflix content
For streaming media from a Mac or PC: iTunes 10.6 or later; iTunes Store account for Home Sharing
MLB.TV subscription required to watch live and archived games
NBA.com League Pass Broadband subscription required to watch live and archived games
NHL GameCenter Live subscription required to watch live and archived games

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