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Third-gen Apple TV teardown finds Bluetooth 4.0 chip

iFixit has completed its teardown of the second-generation Apple TV, and while most of the findings were identical to those seen in an earlier report, one specific detail has stood out. According to iFixit, the third-generation Apple TV sports a Broadcom 4330 chip that supports dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity. Coincidentally, this is the same chip found in the third-generation iPad, and is also responsible for its Bluetooth 4.0+HS support. While it is unclear whether Apple will ever take advantage of this functionality, it is noteworthy that the third-generation Apple TV sports an extra antenna, the purpose of which is currently unknown.

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As a couple of others have noted in previous posts concerning Apple TV, I purchased the new one this past Saturday and installed that one on my main plasma monitor. I took the older one and put it in my room for viewing at night. Both work well.

Posted by kevin davis on March 19, 2012 at 4:52 PM (CDT)


I’m getting increasingly tired of IR remotes and their line of site issues.  I’ve got IR repeaters installed and they keep giving me problems.  Certainly I can use the Apple Remote app on my iPhone to control the Apple TV via WiFi but I wish that the new remote worked via Bluetooth rather than IR.  They could have ensured compatibility with multi-function remotes by keeping the IR sensor on the front and supporting the old codes, while switching the new remote to Bluetooth.  Too bad.  Wish they had.

Course I wish they’d taken the opportunity to redesign the remote too, but hey… you can’t have everything.

Posted by Glenn on March 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM (CDT)

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