arstechnica.com - 1 year ago

Fourth-gen Apple TV teardown reveals big ol heatsink

The Apple TV's massive heatsink tucked away in its tiny frame.

Just a few weeks after the announcement of the new Apple TV, we're now seeing the device from the inside out. iFixit completed its teardown of one of the early developer units and has found a surprisingly large heatsink under the hood.

The heatsink and the power supply are necessary to support the new dual-core A8 chip powering the Apple TV. This goes against Apple's traditional mantra of making new products thinner and lighter than before; overall, the new construction makes the Apple TV a half-inch taller than the previous version and more than 50 percent heavier.

iFixit also notes that there's "a distinct lack of cables connecting the power supply to the logic board." It speculates that the power is transmitted via the heat sink screw posts instead.

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