Apple TV 2nd Generation Explained

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Apple TV 2nd Generation is a digital media player designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple from 2010 to 2012 as part of the Apple TV series. The TV box was introduced on September 1, 2010, and its price started at $99.

Apple TV is a device that can receive digital data for visual and audio content such as music, video, video games, or the screen display of certain other devices, and play it on a connected television set or other video display.

The device has no integrated controls and can only be controlled remotely, either by an Apple Remote control device (which is included with Apple TV) using its infrared capability.

The Second Generation of Apple TV introduced many changes and improvements such as a new black box case, 1 GHz Apple A4 processor, 256 MB of RAM, a new operating system based on iOS 4, Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, HDMI and optical audio ports, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11n, support for streaming Netflix, YouTube and Flickr.

This Apple TV box has been discontinued on March 7, 2012. Today Apple TV 2nd Generation is 13 years old!

Apple TV 2nd Generation Details

Introduced September 1, 2010 – 13 years ago
Released September 28, 2010 – 13 years ago
Discontinued March 7, 2012 – 12 years ago
Last Software Update June 30, 2014 – 9 years ago
Time on the Market 17 months (1 year)
Time of Support 45 months (3 years)
Model Identifier AppleTV2,1
Model Number A1378
EMC 2411
Order Number MC572LL/A
Original Price $99
Colors Black
Weight 0.6 Ibs. – 1.088 KG
Dimensions 0.9” H x 3.9” W x 3.9″ D
2.28 cm H x 9.9 cm W x 9.9 cm D

Apple TV 2nd Gen Tech Specs


Processor Apple A4
Processor Speed 1 GHz
Architecture 32-bit
Number of Cores 1


Storage 8 GB (user-non-accessible)


Memory 256 MB


Graphics Card PowerVR SGX535
Number of Cores 1


Built-in Display N/A


Ethernet 1 – 10/100BASE-T
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth support for Apple Wireless Aluminum Keyboard (requires Apple TV software version 5.2 or later)
Infrared 1 – For Apple Remote only
USB 1 – Micro-USB 480 Mbps (Service & Diagnostic only)
TV Capability Compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI and capable of 720p 60/50Hz
Audio / Video 1 – HDMI
1 – Optical audio
AirPlay Yes


Audio Formats HE-AAC (V1)
AAC (16 to 320 Kbps)
Protected AAC (from iTunes Store)
MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps)
Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4)
Apple Lossless
Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through
Photo Formats JPEG
Video Formats 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, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
Audio Output Dolby Digital 5.1
Video Output 720p


Peripherals Apple Remote Aluminum


Original OS iOS 4.1 (Apple TV 4.0)
Maximum OS iOS 7.1.2 (Apple TV 6.2.1)
iTunes iTunes 10 or later
Intelligent Assistant None


Power 6 W Universal Power Supply

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