Apple TV (3rd Generation)


Family: iOS

Codename: ?

Gestalt ID: 406

Minimum OS: Apple TV Software 5.0 (iOS 5.1.1)

Maximum OS: Apple TV Software 7.2 (iOS 8.3)

Introduced: March 2012


CPU: Apple A5 (ARM Cortex-A9, Single Core)

CPU Speed: 1.0 GHz

FPU: integrated

Register Width: 32-bit

Data Bus Width: 64-bit

Address Bus Width: 32-bit

Level 1 Cache: 32 kB data, 32 kB instruction

Level 2 Cache: 1 MB on-processor

RAM Type: on-board

Onboard RAM: 512 MB

RAM slots: none

Maximum RAM: 512 MB


GPU: dual-core PowerVR SGX543MP2 (via A5)

Max Resolution: 1080p

Video Out: HDMI


Flash Drive: 8 GB


USB: 1 (Micro-USB)

Audio Out: HDMI, optical TOSLINK


Ethernet: 10/100Base-T

Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n


Power: 6 Watts

Dimensions: 0.9" H x 3.9" W x 3.9" D

Weight: 0.6 lbs.


Though Apple technical specification list a single-core A5 chip, the Apple TV (3rd Generation) actually uses a standard dual-core A5, with one core disabled. A silent revision in January 2013 included a redesigned A5 chip with only a single physical core.

Introduced in March 2012, the Apple TV (3rd Generation) was primarily a feature upgrade to the Apple TV (2nd Generation). New features included 1080p video output, a faster A5 processor, and a new user interface. The price remained $99. In March 2015, the price was dropped to $69.

Picture Credits:
Apple, Inc.