Apple TV 2nd Generation – Full Information

The second generation Apple TV, housed in a very small all-black case, was the first Apple TV to run on iOS. The Apple TV 2nd generation box was one-quarter the size of the Apple TV 1st generation.

Apple TV (2nd Generation) 2010: Unboxing and Demo [Video]

Video uploaded by DetroitBORG on September 29, 2010.

Apple TV 2nd Generation

This model did away with an internal hard drive, and was a dramatic re-think of the more original Apple TV, inside and out. It had fewer ports optimized for contemporary AV equipment: component video and analog audio output were removed, though the HDMI and TOSLINK ports remained.

Release Date

Unveiled by Apple on September 1, 2010.


  • Processor: CPU – Apple A4 (ARM Cortex-A8). CPU Speed – 1.0 GHz.FPU: integrated. Register Width: 32-bit. Data Bus Width – 64-bit. Address Bus Width: 32-bit. Level 1 Cache – 32 kB data, 32 kB instruction. Level 2 Cache – 512 kB on-processor.
  • Onboard RAM: 256 MB.
  • Storage: 8 GB of internal flash storage, enough local storage for buffering purposes; all media was now streamed, instead of synced. The new device could also stream rented content from iTunes and video from computers or iOS devices via AirPlay. All content is drawn from online or locally connected sources.
  • OS: Minimum OS: Apple TV Software 4.0 (iOS 4.1). Maximum OS: Apple TV Software 7.2 (iOS 8.3).
  • Video: GPU – PowerVR SGX 535 (via A4).
  • Maximum resolution: 720p.
  • Video Out: HDMI.
  • Input/Output: USB – 1 Micro-USB.
  • Audio Out: HDMI, optical TOSLINK.
  • Networking: Ethernet: 10/100Base-T. Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Power: 6 Watts.
  • Dimensions: 0.9″ height x 3.9” width x 3.9″ depth.
  • Weight: 0.6 lbs.

Apple Models, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Identifier:

  • A1378 (EMC 2411)

Apple Model Numbers:

  • MC572LL/A


  • March 7, 2012


  • US$99 ((less than half the price of the original Apple TV))


  • This Apple TV allowed users to stream content from more than one iTunes library. These additional iTunes libraries could be on the same or on different computers. To make this possible, the Apple TV and iTunes libraries had to meet the following conditions: the Apple TV and iTunes library the user was streaming from were both on the same local network; each used the iTunes Home Sharing feature; each were using the same Home Sharing Apple ID.
  • Local streaming was supported via AirPlay, and streaming TV shows and movies could be rented from iTunes. YouTube and Netflix streaming were also supported. MLB TV, Vimeo and Flickr integration were subsequently added.


Apple TV 2nd Generation

apple tv 2nd generation - Apple TV 2nd Generation - Full Information
Model IdentifierAppleTV2,1
Model NumberA1378 (EMC 2411)
Part NumberMC572LL/A
FamilyApple TV 2nd generation
Dimensions3.9 x 3.9 x 0.9 in
Weight0.6 pounds
Storage8GB SSD
Ethernet10/100BASE-T Ethernet
AudioOptical audio
Input/outputIR receiver. Micro-USB (for service and support)
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  • The Apple TV had GB of internal flash storage, which was enough local storage for buffering purposes as media was now streamed instead of synced.
    While the first generation Apple TV could download content, the second generation lacked the necessary disk capacity to store purchased content. That means that users that wished to purchase content on the Apple TV could do so and stream it live, but could not download to the device. To store content, users had to download it via iTunes onto a device with storage capability, such as an iPhone, iPad, tablet, etc.
  • In July 2011, Apple discontinued the Front Row interface for Mac users on Apple TV.
  • Apple TV 3rd Generation: In March, 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced a third generation of the Apple TV. The device is externally identical to the second generation model. The third version includes a single-core A5 processor. In January, 2013, Apple released a third generation Rev A with component changes.



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  • Hey, how’s it going? When will you add Apple’s new addition to their network – Apple TV apps and streaming?

    • Hi Liz, currently we’re working about a few texts related to the recent Apple’s additions unveiled in March 2019. Stay tuned! And thank your your interest.

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