In 2011, I received a third-generation Apple TV as a holiday present. I appreciated the gesture, since I was anxious to try Netflix streaming, and perhaps consider renting a movie from iTunes on occasion.
Unlike the original Apple TV, released in 2007, which provided a hard disk drive for storage of media content, the second and third generations had a mere 8GB flash storage, sufficient to manage streaming content. You couldn’t even store your purchased movies on them. For that, you had to rely on your Mac or iOS gadget.
The OS was essentially derived from iOS, as was the A-series CPU. The main difference between these two generations was improved HD support, from 720p to 1080p. Having used both, I can tell you that the difference in picture quality wasn’t all that significant.
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