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Cracking open the Apple TV

Apple TV completely disassembled

iTunes users rejoice. Gone are the days when you had to watch that "Lost" episode you missed on a puny 19" computer monitor. The Apple TV lets you experience your favorite iTunes music, movies, pictures, and shows on your widescreen television.

The Apple TV is an extremely thin, set-top media player designed to link your computer running iTunes 7.1 or later and your television. The media box offers component and HDMI outputs only--no s-video or composite. You'll need an enhanced-definition (ED) or high-definition (HD) widescreen TV capable of 1080i, 720p, 576p, or 480p.

But what makes Apple's latest creation tick? How did Apple fit everything into the Apple TV's skinny case? Come along as we crack open the Apple TV and find out what lurks inside.

Note: This gallery was originally published on April 6, 2007. I am resurfacing it as part of our coverage of the 2nd generation Apple TV--released in September 2010.

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
Caption by: Bill Detwiler



By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic 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 support specialist in the ...