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Technical Specifications


In the box

  • Apple TV
  • Apple Remote
  • Power cord
  • Quick Start guide

Size and weight

  • Footprint: 7.7 by 7.7 inches (197 by 197 mm)
  • Height: 1.1 inches (28 mm)
  • Weight: 2.4 pounds (1.09 kg)1


  • Built-in 48-watt universal power supply

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Processor and storage

  • Intel processor
  • 40GB hard drive2 for storing content locally
  • Up to 50 hours of movies and TV shows3
  • Up to 9,000 songs4
  • Up to 25,000 pictures5

System requirements

  • Mac or PC
  • iTunes 7.1
  • Mac: Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later
  • PC: Windows XP Home/Professional (SP2)
  • AirPort Extreme, Wi-Fi 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n wireless network6 (wireless video streaming requires 802.11g or 802.11n), or 10/100BASE-T Ethernet network

Ports and interfaces

  • HDMI (video and audio)
  • Component video
  • Optical audio
  • Analog RCA stereo audio
  • 10/100BASE-T Ethernet
  • USB 2.0
  • 802.11n wireless networking6
  • Built-in IR receiver (works with included Apple Remote)

Environmental requirements

  • Operating temperature: 32° to 104° F (0° to 40° C)
  • Storage temperature: -40° to 185° F
    (-40° to 85° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3,000 m)

Video formats supported

  • H.264 and protected H.264 (from iTunes Store): Up to 5 Mbps, Progressive Main Profile (CAVLC) with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps (maximum resolution: 1280 by 720 pixels at 24 fps, 960 by 540 pixels at 30 fps)
  • iTunes Store purchased video: 320 by 240 pixels or 640 by 480 pixels
  • MPEG-4: Up to 3 Mbps, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps (maximum resolution: 720 by 432 pixels at 30 fps)

Audio formats supported

  • AAC (16 to 320 Kbps); protected AAC (from iTunes Store); MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps); MP3 VBR; Apple Lossless; AIFF; WAV

Photos formats supported


TV compatibility

  • Enhanced-definition or high-definition widescreen TVs capable of 1080i 60/50Hz, 720p 60/50Hz, 576p 50Hz (PAL format), or 480p 60Hz
HDMI cable


  1. Actual weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  2. 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  3. Video capacity based on H.264 1.5-Mbps video at 640-by-480-pixel resolution combined with 128-Kbps audio. Actual capacity varies by content.
  4. Music capacity based on 4 minutes per song and 128-Kbps AAC encoding. Actual capacity varies by content.
  5. Photo capacity based on Apple TV-viewable photos transferred from iTunes.
  6. Based on an IEEE 802.11n draft specification. Learn more about the 802.11n draft specification.

Internet access is required and a broadband connection is recommended.

Apple TV is “for people who are yearning for a simple way to show on their big TVs all that stuff trapped on their computers.”

— Walt Mossberg and Katherine Boehret,
    Wall Street Journal

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