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Apple TV (3rd Gen, 2012/2013)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 28844 reviews of Apple TV (3rd Gen, 2012/2013). The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Comments about the size and design are overall positive. The price and usability are also appreciated, but reviews are divided on the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple TV (3rd Gen, 2012/2013) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Apple TV (3rd Gen, 2012/2013)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 978 user reviews of Apple TV (3rd Gen, 2012/2013) from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on

90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple TV MD199HK/AApple TV MD199HK/A


Consumer review ( review summary for Apple TV (3rd Gen, 2012/2013)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 6605 user reviews of Apple TV (3rd Gen, 2012/2013) from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on

91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple TV MD199LL/A (Current Version)Apple TV MD199LL/A (Current Version)


Expert review by (stuff.tv_in)

Apple TV review


No longer a hobby — Apple's new set-top box means business


Expert review by : Nandagopal Rajan (

Apple TV review: Ideal for those on the Apple ecosystem


Apple TV is a small box that goes just next to your television, but it packs enough brains to make your television smarter.



Expert review by : Campbell Simpson (

Apple TV (2012)


The Apple TV has always been a complementary product in the company's line-up. It's never had the top-line billing of the iPhone, or iPad, or the ever...

Excellent interface ; Huge content library

High rental prices ; No persistent storage

If you're invested in the Apple ecosystem, the Apple TV is a good product: it's the easiest way to get movies and TV shows from iTunes onto the big screen. Music is a more complex proposition, requiring iTunes Match or a networked iTunes library. Using...


Expert review by : Edward Chester (

Apple TV 2012


Brilliant, so long as you're happy sticking to the Apple way.

Simple setup and easy to use ; Slick, fast interface ; Easy access to a wealth of content ; AirPlay is brilliant

Prices for content aren't very competitive ; Can't easily plug in your own media to playback ; No iPlayer so must pay for BBC content

So with such a limited feature set, what can the Apple TV do?


Expert review by : Nick Mokey (

Apple TV Review (2012)


Short of AirPlay and an idiot-proof interface, the current Apple TV offers little that can't be found elsewhere, and lacks plenty that can.

If you’re already a loyal iTunes customer and you want to gorge yourself on content without a worry for what it costs, get an Apple TV. If you want to use any of a myriad of other services like Pandora, Hulu Plus or Amazon Instant Video, get the...


Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Apple TV (2014) review


The ideal streaming partner for Apple users, but not much choice for anybody else

Smooth operation Excellent integration (for Apple devices)

Limited app options Too closed for non-Apple users

The Apple TV is a gorgeous piece of kit, and for those who have bought into Apple’s way everything is lovely. But we don’t think that’s enough anymore, especially when similar money buys more versatile options, such as the Roku 3. Loosen up, eh, Apple?...


Expert review by : Bryan Gardiner (

Review: Apple Apple TV


Released in March, Apple's third-generation puck ($100) retains the form factor of its predecessor while adding 1080p playback. The real draw remains the same, though:...

AirPlay is tops for wireless streaming and can deliver high-quality audio straight to your home theater. Awesome dedicated app turns your iPhone or iPad into a remote. Easiest setup of the bunch. iTunes store purchases made on the Apple TV can be...

Still limited appeal to Android and Windows users. If you TV doesn’t have an HDMI port, you’re out of luck. Your couch will eat the tiny remote. No ability to customize menu


Expert review by : Matthew Moskovciak (

Apple TV review


The 2012 version of the Apple TV reviewed here has been discontinued as of October 2016 . Shoppers instead should check out the updated Apple TV released in 2015. It's available in two versions: $149 for the 32GB model and $199 for the 64GB model....

The Apple TV lets you stream all the video content in the iTunes Store to your HDTV, with purchases stored in the cloud. Netflix, Hulu, HBO, YouTube and dozens of other online services are available, plus music, videos, and photos can be streamed from...

Lacks the app store, improved remote and voice functionality of the 2015 Apple TV. The competing Roku 2 and 3 offer more content sources (including Amazon Instant) and cross-platform search. And the Apple TV platform is less of a streaming standout if...

While it's a step behind the Roku and less cutting-edge than the 2015 Apple box, the older Apple TV remains an excellent streaming box, especially for those invested in Apple hardware and the iTunes ecosystem.


Expert review by : Joshua Topolsky (

Apple TV review (2012)


After endless speculation and debate, Apple's latest event came and went with nary a mention of a Cupertino-made television set. But Apple's little set-top box did get a refresh, bringing some...

1080p video looks great ; Really intuitive interface ; Setup is incredibly simple

Still not enough content ; Remote is too basic for some functions

The hardware's there, but we're still waiting on the content


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Apple TV (2012) review


The new Apple TV has a new interface and glorious 1080p content

Sparkling 1080p video quality ; Smooth streaming playback ; Great simple interface

No free content ; No Lovefilm ; Laborious keyboard set-up

Product Specifications


Colour of product:Black / Silver

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, AIFF, MP3, WAV
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, PNG
Video compression formats:H.264


Ethernet LAN: Yes
Frequency band:2.4
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):54

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35 / 0 - 40
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 45 / -40 - 85

Other features

Channels quantity:13
Compatible operating systems:Mac OS X 10.3.9 +,\nWindows XP Home/Pro
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
Connectivity Technology:Wireless
Full HD:No / Yes
Supported data transfer rates:10/100 Mbps
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Packaging Content

Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control:No / Yes
Manual: Yes


Frame rate:30
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080

Ports & interfaces

Audio (L,R) out:1
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Digital Audio Optical Out:1
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100
HDMI ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n


Power consumption (typical):48


Processor Model:A5


Audio formats supported:AAC, AIFF, HE-AAC, LC-AAC, MP3, PCM, WAV / AAC, AIFF, HE-AAC, MP3, WAV / AAC, MP3, WAV
Image formats supported:GIF, JPG, TIF
Video formats supported:AVI, H.264, M-JPEG, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG4 / H.264, M-JPEG, MPEG4 / H.264, MPEG4


Card reader integrated: No
Hard Drive Capacity:160
Storage media type: No

System requirements

Minimum system requirements:iTunes 7.1

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:19.7 / 9.8
Height :2.3 / 2.8
Weight:1.09 / 270
Width:19.7 / 9.8