Apple TV 4th Generation Teardown – AppleTV 4 Jailbreak (


Apple fans are doing the happy dance, what with a slew of new devices coming out of Cupertino—including the first new Apple TV in more than three years. Our teardown engineers look pretty happy too. That’s because we’ve got our hands on a 4th generation Apple TV. That’s right, kids. It’s teardown time!

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  • Step 1 Apple TV 4th Generation Teardown

    • We like to start with some specs, and in this case a lot of the good stuff is packed into the fancypants new remote. The box itself contains:

    • Dual-core, 64-bit Apple A8 chip

    • Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, IR receiver, and HDMI 1.4 connectivity

    • …whilst the remote is packing:

    • Glass Touch surface

    • Dual microphones

    • Accelerometer and gyroscope

    • Bluetooth 4.0, IR transmitter, Lightning connector


    • The Apple TV has really packed on some pounds since its last iteration.

    • It seems to have lost a port in the process—the optical audio out has gone MIA.

    • Meanwhile, the micro-USB port has morphed into a USB-C port. It doesn’t bring anything new for end users, though—it’s still for diagnostic and service functions only.

    • Our teardown engineers go to work on the Apple TV and quickly find access through the bottom of the device—similar to the 3rd generation Apple TV.

    • Only a few plastic clips stand in the way here, with no adhesive or screws in sight.


    • Under the hood, we spy a few Torx screws.

    • We take our Pro Tech Screwdriver Set out for a quick spin to release the combo heat sink/EMI shield.

    • By the looks of it, this plate also serves as a bracket, giving the clips on the lower case something to latch onto. That’s three functions in one component, folks.


    • Here are some chips to go with your TV:

    • Apple A8 APL1011 SoC, with SK Hynix H9CKNNNBKTBRWR-NTH 2 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM

    • Universal Scientific Industrial 339S00045 Wi-Fi module

    • SMSC LAN9730 USB 2.0 to 10/100 Ethernet controller

    • Apple 338S00057 (similar part number to the 338S00055 custom memory controller found in the Retina MacBook 2015)

    • DP2700A1

    • Texas Instruments PA61

    • Fairchild Semiconductor DF25AU 010D 030D


    • More chips on the bottom of the logic board: