Our friends at iFixIt have performed a teardown of the Apple TV that revealed many new features of the device, which just began shipping. First and foremost is the fact that the guts of the device shares many similarities with Apple’s iPad, including the processor, memory, and, of course, the operating system itself, iOS (though that was confirmed earlier this month).
The site found that the new Apple TV features 256MB of RAM, which is just like the iPad and 4th generation iPod touch (iPhone 4 features 512MB of RAM). The device is powered by Apple’s A4 processor, the same processor in the iPad, iPod touch (4th gen), and iPhone.
What has previously not been known is the 8GB of NAND flash memory the device uses as storage. Apple does not advertise storage on the device, and iFixIt suggested it could be used for caching streaming content.
Another new item is the WiFi board in the device, which was manufactured by Panasonic, the first such Panasonic WiFi board in any device, for BOM nerds keeping score at home.
Lastly, the teardown found that the power supply is rated 3.4V @ 1.75A, which comes out to a mere 5.95 watts of power consumption.
iFixIt has more images like the one below and more information in the full teardown.