Tweaked Apple TV Features Smaller A5 Processor, Not A5X [Photo]

Posted March 10, 2013 at 6:52pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 10078 views

Apple has begun selling a tweaked Apple TV that features no noticeable changes except for a smaller A5 processor.

Firmware for the new device appeared alongside the release of iOS 6.1. The device then turned up at the FCC in late January. Now, MacRumors has spotted the Apple TV for sale at the Apple Store.

The tweaked third generation Apple TV has a part number of A1469. The previous version had a part of A1427. Taking apart the device, the site discovered that contrary to speculation, it still has an A5 chip.

The original A5 chip introduced in 2011 for the iPad 2 was built on a 45-nanometer process, measuring 10.09 mm by 12.15 mm, while the first die-shrunk A5 introduced in 2012 for the third-generation Apple TV and the tweaked iPad 2 measured 41% smaller at 8.19 mm by 8.68 mm. This new A5 found in the tweaked third-generation Apple TV is considerably smaller still, with our measurements putting the chip at just 6 mm by 6 mm.

It's unclear how the smaller chip is being produced; however, the 28-nanometer process from TSMC is a possibility. This would be notable as it could be the first iOS device processor not manufactured by Samsung.

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The truthe - March 11, 2013 at 8:37pm
Go wipe your ass Simon. You got stains in your undies...I mean panties.
shadow - March 11, 2013 at 6:54pm
I have an iphone and ipad, but when searching for a tv device I chose the wdtv live. No regrets, I have netflix, pull movies from my pc server directly and can play many many formats with subtitles. What was important for me was streaming from pc, subtitles and format compatibility, all things that the factory Apple TV seem to be unable to do.
The truthe - March 11, 2013 at 3:30am
Wow this is incredible! Now get a life you apple cocksuckers!
Simon - March 11, 2013 at 5:11am
Learn how to spell truth you fucking moron! Wouldn't expect much more from a fagdroid user!
SoOsH - March 10, 2013 at 7:19pm
Does this mean that the new Apple TV will be Jailbreak-able?
Me - March 10, 2013 at 7:15pm
The question is it going to be jailbroken? I don't want an Apple TV for Netflix or Hulu I have a ps3 and 2 modded Xbox 360 for that
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