Apple TV (1st generation) - Technical Specifications

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Processor and storage

  • Intel processor
  • 40GB or 160GB hard drive2 for storing content locally
  • Up to 50 hours (40GB) or 200 hours (160GB) of video3
  • Up to 9,000 songs (40GB) or 36,000 songs (160GB)4
  • Up to 25,000 pictures5

System requirements

  • Mac or PC
  • iTunes 7.6 or later
  • Mac: Mac OS X v10.3.9 or v10.4.9 or later
  • PC: Windows XP Home or Professional (SP2) or Windows Vista
  • AirPort Extreme, Wi-Fi 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n wireless network6 (wireless video streaming requires 802.11g or 802.11n) or 10/100BASE-T Ethernet network

Ports and interfaces

  • HDMI (video and audio)7
  • Component video
  • Optical audio
  • Analog RCA stereo audio
  • 10/100BASE-T Ethernet
  • USB 2.0
  • 802.11n wireless networking6
  • Built-in IR receiver (works with included Apple Remote)

Environmental requirements

  • Operating temperature: 32° to 104° F (0° to 40° C)
  • Storage temperature: -40° to 185° F 
    (-40° to 85° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3,000 m)

Video formats supported

  • H.264 and protected H.264 (from iTunes Store): Up to 5 Mbps, Progressive Main Profile (CAVLC) with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps (maximum resolution: 1280 by 720 pixels at 24 fps, 960 by 540 pixels at 30 fps) in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
  • iTunes Store purchased video: 320 by 240 pixels, 640 by 480 pixels, 720 by 480 pixels (anamorphic), or high-definition 720p
  • MPEG-4: Up to 3 Mbps, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps (maximum resolution: 720 by 432 pixels at 30 fps) in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

Audio formats supported

  • AAC (16 to 320 Kbps); protected AAC (from iTunes Store); MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps); MP3 VBR; Apple Lossless; AIFF; WAV; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through

Photo formats supported


TV compatibility

  • Compatible with enhanced-definition or high-definition widescreen TVs capable of 1080p/1080i 60/50Hz, 720p 60/50Hz, 576p 50Hz (PAL format), or 480p 60Hz, including popular models from these manufacturers:HP, Hitachi, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, NEC, Olevia, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Polaroid, Samsung, Sony, Sharp,Toshiba, Vizio, Westinghouse

In the box

  • Apple TV
  • Apple Remote
  • Power cord
  • Quick Start guide

Size and weight

  • Footprint: 7.7 by 7.7 inches (197 by 197 mm)
  • Height: 1.1 inches (28 mm)
  • Weight: 2.4 pounds (1.09 kg)1


  • Built-in 48-watt universal power supply


  • XtremeMac HDMI to HDMI cable TL951LL/A
  • XtremeMac HDMI to DVI cable TL952LL/A
  • XtremeMac component video cable TL953LL/A
  • XtremeMac analog audio cable TL954LL/A
  • XtremeMac TOSLINK optical cable TL955LL/A
  • AirPort Extreme Base Station MA073LL/A
  • AppleCare Protection Plan MA937LL/A

  1. Actual weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  2. 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  3. Video capacity based on H.264 1.5-Mbps video at 640-by-480-pixel resolution combined with 128-Kbps audio. Actual capacity varies by content.
  4. Music capacity based on 4 minutes per song and 128-Kbps AAC encoding. Actual capacity varies by content.
  5. Photo capacity based on Apple TV-viewable photos transferred from iTunes.
  6. Based on an IEEE 802.11n draft specification. Learn more about the 802.11n draft specification.
  7. Requires HDMI with HDCP or component video.
  8. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound is not available with all HD rentals.
  9. Estimated start times based on a 90-minute movie and a sustained Internet connection speed. Times vary based on movie length, broadband connection speed, and other factors. Test your broadband speed at


Broadband Internet access is required.

Published Date: Apr 6, 2016