Streaming Streaming Devices All About the Second Generation Apple TV The information you need about Apple's second streaming box By Sam Costello Writer Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Sam Costello Updated March 11, 2020 Apple Inc. Streaming Devices Apple TV Roku Chromecast Fire TV Tweet Share Email The second-generation Apple TV was the successor to the original Apple TV, Apple's first entry into the set-top box/Internet-connected TV market. This article details its key hardware and software features. It also provides a diagram to help you understand what each of the device's ports does. Apple discontinued the second-generation Apple TV in 2012. Check out our guides on the fourth-generation Apple TV and Apple TV 4K for information on more recent models. Get to Know the Second Generation Apple TV Apple Inc. While the original Apple TV stored content locally–whether by syncing from a user's iTunes library or via download from the iTunes Store—the second-generation model is almost entirely Internet-centric. Instead of syncing content, this device streams it from iTunes libraries via AirPlay, the iTunes Store, iCloud, or other online services using built-in apps like Netflix, Hulu, MLB.TV, YouTube, and more. Because it doesn't need it, the device doesn’t offer much in the way of local storage. It does have 8 GB of Flash memory used for storing streamed content, however. This version of the Apple TV runs a modified version of the operating system Apple uses for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Specifically, the firmware is a variation of iOS 7. Future versions would continue to use a version of iOS until the fourth-generation hardware, which finally got its own framework: tvOS. Here are some more technical details from the second-generation Apple TV: Dimensions 0.9 x 3.9 x 3.9 inches (23 x 98 x 98 mm) Weight 0.6 lb (0.27 kg) Processor Apple A4 Video Output 720p (1280 x 720 pixels) Outputs HDMI RAM 256 MB Storage 8 GB (cached only) Connectivity 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, Micro-USB, Optical Audio Input Devices Apple Magic Keyboard, Apple Wireless Keyboard, Apple Remote Software Compatibility iTunes 10.2 or later Anatomy of the 2nd Gen. Apple TV Apple Inc. This image shows the back of the second-generation Apple TV and the ports that are available there. Power AdapterHDMI portMini USB portOptical Audio jackEthernet port More from Lifewire All About the 4th Generation Apple TV The Latest Apple TV 6 Rumors How to Set up the Apple TV Apple tvOS Versions Guide: Everything You Need to Know This is Why Apple TV 4 Doesn't Play 4K How to Set and Use Apple TV Parental Controls What Is a Media Streamer? How to Use AirPlay How to Get Plex on Your Apple TV What to Buy When You Buy an Apple TV The Lifewire Apple TV User Guide How to Stream to Your TV With iPad or iPhone What Is Apple TV? How Does It Work? How to Watch Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV LG adds Apple TV app to its new TVs What Is Apple TV+ and How Does It Work?