Apple TV 3rd Generation Datasheet

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Apple TV 3rd Generation is a digital media player designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple from 2012 to 2016 as part of the Apple TV series. The TV box was introduced on March 7, 2012, 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 Third Generation of Apple TV introduced changes mainly in speed performance due to a new 1 GHz Apple A5 processor, 512 MB of RAM, and an iOS 5. The New Apple TV also introduced support for 1080p video and a new user interface.

On January 29, 2013, Apple TV was slightly revised (Rev. B) and featured a smaller version of the Apple A5 processor with reduced power consumption and Peer-to-Peer AirPlay support.

This Apple TV box was discontinued on October 3, 2016. Today Apple TV 3rd Generation is 12 years old!

Apple TV 3rd Generation Details

Introduced March 7, 2012 – 12 years ago
January 29, 2013 (Rev. B) – 11 years ago
Released March 16, 2012 – 12 years ago
March 10, 2013 (Rev. B) – 11 years ago
Discontinued March 10, 2013 – 11 years ago
October 3, 2016 (Rev. B) – 7 years ago
Last Software Update March 3, 2022 – 2 years ago
Time on the Market 54 months (4 years)
Time of Support 119 months (9 years)
Model Identifier AppleTV3,1 (Rev. A)
AppleTV3,2 (Rev. B)
Model Number A1427 (Rev. A)
A1469 (Rev. B)
EMC 2528
Order Number MD199LL/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 3rd Gen Tech Specs


Processor Apple A5
Processor Speed 1 GHz
Architecture 32-bit
Number of Cores 2 (One core is disabled)


Storage 8 GB (user-non-accessible)


Memory 512 MB LPDDR2


Graphics Card PowerVR SGX543MP2
Number of Cores 2


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 1080p 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 1080p


Peripherals Apple Remote Aluminum


Original OS iOS 5.1 (Apple TV 5.0)
Maximum OS iOS 8.4.4 (Apple TV 7.9)
iTunes iTunes 10.6 or later
Intelligent Assistant None


Power 6 W Universal Power Supply

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