The old Apple TV teardown
- The Apple TV, unblemished
Before I started taking the Apple TV apart, I decided it would be a nice idea to take a picture of the top of it. Isn't that nice?
From left on the old Apple TV -- AC adapter, USB, Ethernet, HDMI, Component Video, Stereo Audio, Optical Audio.
- Peeling back the rubber foot at the bottom of the Apple TV
The adhesive double-sided tape they used sticks very well. Of course, it's been heat-welded for the past three years, too! Here you also see one of the Torx screws that hold the Apple TV together
- Bring out the paint scraper!
This helped to peel back the rubber foot without tearing it. It looks worse than it was.
- Apart at last
The bottom plate and hard drive rest as I rip into the remainder of the box.
- HD with USB 2.0 Universal HD Adapter attached
Here I've ripped the HD out of the bottom plate and it's attached to my Newer Technology USB 2.0 Universal HD Adapter. The other end plugged into an iMac USB port.
- The drive
40GB ATA drive. No, I never upgraded it.
- The guts of the Apple TV
Here you can see the useless fan, with the Wi-Fi transceiver next to it. Note the cables that are connected to the metal case, using it as an antenna.
- Switching Power Supply
Would you believe that this power supply blocks about 25% of the air holes in the sides of the bottom plate? No wonder it was always hot!
- More details
At the top left you can see the single circuit board containing the IR receiver for the remote and the "on" light.
- The drive and the plate
Yeah, I just ripped it off of there. That's some good adhesive they used...
- Plate and Foot
The bottom plate and the inside of the rubber foot that covers it. I don't know why they even bothered to drill the holes in the plate, since they were blocked by the rubber foot and wouldn't have been useful for cooling.
- One more shot
The CR2032 removable 3V battery I talked about in the post can be seen here. Of course, you'd have to rip the Apple TV apart like I did to replace the battery.