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160GB Apple TV arrives, with pictures (updated)

Initial shipments of Apple’s new 160GB Apple TV ($399) began to arrive this morning, so we’ve cracked a box open to look for differences between this new model and its 40GB predecessor. There aren’t many to report.

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As noted on Apple’s web site, the new Apple TV ships with a model number of MB189LL/A, versus its predecessor’s MA711LL/A, and as before, there is a difference between its formatted capacity and its stated capacity. Previously, the 40GB Apple TV had 32.84GB of storage space, owing to space required by the device’s operating system and undeletable media files. The 160GB Apple TV has a formatted capacity of 144.75GB—actually 4.4 times that of the 40GB model, which means that Apple’s stated “36,000 song” statement of the device’s storage is, as the company has subsequently confirmed, conservative. Using Apple’s standard benchmarks, this Apple TV would fall just shy of storing 40,000 songs and nothing else, a moot point only in that few people have 10,000 songs in their libraries, let alone more.

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Cosmetically and in packaging, the 160GB unit appears to be otherwise identical to the 40GB model. It still includes software version 1.0, and there aren’t any obvious changes to its menus, body, or features save for the capacity bump. Neither its box nor the device inside includes a large 160GB badge of any sort, which is somewhat surprising as we’ve been told to expect the new Apple TV to appear in retail stores in the near future, and conspicuous capacity differences are typically signaled on iPod boxes. Here, like on a Mac computer box, the only obvious differences are in the model number sticker on the side, which doesn’t state capacity, and on another small sticker where the 160GB spec is buried alongside other product details. It is entirely possible that Apple’s release of the 160GB Apple TV was rushed, and that updated packaging will follow for use in retail locations.

Updated: The 160GB Apple TVs have begun to appear in Apple’s retail stores today, bearing the same small and non-descript capacity indication shown above. iLounge editor Jesse Hollington reports that the most conspicuous signs of the 160GB unit’s presence are the higher $399 prices on Apple’s box stickers and shelves, so if you’re looking to pick up the newer version, the price tag and small black sticker above will help you confirm you have the 160GB model.

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Comments

1

well, software will be updated this month (June). so we will see youtube section anyway. I am glad Apple upgraded it.

Posted by edward on June 4, 2007 at 8:23 AM (PDT)

2

The only reason the HDD (in this case, a local cache) needed to be larger was to store more HD content.  Of course, that’s a very good reason!  Let’s hope Apple won’t make us wait much longer.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on June 4, 2007 at 9:02 AM (PDT)

3

Since Apple isn’t making it clear on the box that it has a 160 gig drive maybe they are planning on discontinuing the old 40 gig ones? Just a thought…

Posted by Graeme Smith on June 4, 2007 at 9:18 AM (PDT)

4

Damned my early adopter tendencies!

Posted by Gordy. in Atlanta, GA on June 4, 2007 at 10:56 AM (PDT)

5

Is anyone brave enough to swap in a larger hard drive in the 40 and see if it works…

Posted by Nick on June 4, 2007 at 12:09 PM (PDT)

6

probly not the best idea to post your IP address in a picture on a website…

Posted by thewho61 on June 4, 2007 at 1:11 PM (PDT)

7

Uh, who cares? It’s a private address.

Posted by sonicbox on June 4, 2007 at 1:45 PM (PDT)

8

I have, as a current count, 25,961 songs in my iTunes library. 99%  of that comes directly from my CD collection, with only a tiny fraction coming from illegal downloads, mostly comprising of music which is either live, rare or out-of-print. There are plenty of people out there with big media libraries.

Posted by Lawrence Mikkelsen in New Zealand on June 4, 2007 at 1:55 PM (PDT)

9

there may be statistically plenty of people out there with libraries your size (i’m sure it’s in the thousands if not tens of thousands) but it’s not MILLIONS and that was the author’s point.  There are millions of ipods, but only 1000s of people like you.

Posted by Robert Seidman on June 5, 2007 at 11:33 AM (PDT)

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