Following the first teardown of the new Apple TV over the weekend at XBMC.org, we get some more details from yet another teardown. They already gave the new iPad the teardown treatment, and now our friends over at iFixit ripped apart the third-generation Apple TV giving it an 8 out of 10 reparability score. The report revealed the device now has two antennas instead of one, which iFixit noted: “Apple added the new antenna to address complaints about range and signal strength.” It also discovered a Broadcom 4330 chip (same as the new iPad) with support for dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n, as well as a new single-core A5 processor. iFixit noticed the new design does not rely on a thermal cooling pad, which could mean the new single-core CPU does not run as hot as earlier generations.
The chips inside:
* Apple A5 Single Core processor
* Hynix H9TKNNN4K 512MB RAM stacked within the A5
* Toshiba THGVX1G6D2HLA01 8GB NAND Flash
* Broadcomm BCM4330 (the same as the iPad 3rd Generation)
* SMSC LAN9730 standalone USB to ethernet controller
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What a letdown…