After Hours

Cracking open the Apple TV

Rubber pad removed - Base plate exposed

Removing the rubber pad will expose the Apple TV's metal base plate. The base plate's main surface and edges are vented. I assume this is to improve airflow through the unit and assist with heat dissipation. As the rubber pad covers the entire base plate, I'm not sure these vent holes actually do any good. I guess that's a question for Apple's design engineers. Perhaps the holes are just there to reduce the base plate's weight.

Most of the adhesive used to secure the rubber pad will remain on the metal base plate. You could clean the sticky substance off, but I recommend just leaving it alone. It will help hold the rubber pad in place when you reassemble the Apple TV.

If you do decide to clean off the adhesive, wait until the unit is completely disassembled. It's probably not a good idea to spill solvent on the Apple TV's internal hardware.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...