Teardown reveals Apple TV, iPad likeness
Apple TV and the iPad have a lot in common under the hood, beginning with the A4 chip.
The iPad may not look like an Apple TV unit, but inside there are some striking similarities.
Commentary attached to a teardown of the second-generation Apple TV by iFixit reads a little like a dismantling of an iPad. Similarities are most conspicuously seen in the Apple A4 chip coupled with 256MB of processor RAM--just like in the iPad. And the same Broadcom Wi-Fi chip.
And the flash memory? "Why...it's the same part we found during the iPad teardown!" according to iFixit. Namely, a Samsung 8GB flash chip.
And the 0.6-pound streaming-centric set-top box also uses iOS 4.x, which will be coming to the iPad soon.
It's also pretty green. "A high-efficiency power supply, low 6-watt power consumption, and efficient standby mode lead us to believe this may be the most eco-friendly set-top box of all time," iFixit said.