Next Apple TV isn’t smaller but has a few hardware changes

Shane McGlaun - Jan 31, 2013, 5:50am CST
Next Apple TV isn’t smaller but has a few hardware changes

A couple days ago, we mentioned that some scuttlebutt suggested that a new and smaller version of the Apple TV had crossed the FCC. More details on the new version of the Apple TV have surfaced that show no size change is planned for the new version of the device. While dimensions are remaining the same, there are reportedly some internal changes being made.

The update comes by way of statements made to The Next Web by an Apple spokesperson. According to the spokesperson, this is a refresh of some of the internals of the product, not a full model refresh and it doesn’t bring any physical changes. The spokesperson said that sometimes Apple makes component changes that require an updated model number for FCC approval.

The spokesperson also said these component changes wouldn’t affect any product features. The updated device will also be the same dimensions even though previous FCC documents suggested a smaller device. Apple says that the updated Apple TV with the new model number will operate in the same manner as the previous device.

The component change that required the recertification by the FCC is reportedly the use of the Apple A5x processor and the Broadcom BCM4334 wireless chip. Both of those products are used in other Apple gadgets. Other than having new hardware inside, performance and features are exactly the same as previous models.

[via The Next Web]

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