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Apple TV (2012, 2013, 3rd Gen)

Apple TV (2012, 2013, 3rd Gen)
alaScore 95

27912 reviews

Feb, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27912 reviews of Apple TV (2012, 2013, 3rd Gen). The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Media Centers for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size

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

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 977 user reviews of Apple TV (2012, 2013, 3rd Gen) from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Media Centers on Reviewers really like the reliability and design. The size and price are also mentioned favorably.

usability, price, size, design, reliability

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

This summary is based on the products: Apple TV MD199HK/ANew Apple TV (Latest Model - Launched Mar 2012) New Apple TV for HD content and AirPlay

Feb, 2016

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 6605 user reviews of Apple TV (2012, 2013, 3rd Gen) from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Media Centers on Comments about the size and design are on the whole positive. The price and usability also get good feedback. Opinions are divided on the reliability.

usability, price, design, size

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/AApple TV 3rd Generation Streaming Media Player Bundle with 6.5-foot HDMI Cable

Feb, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Davies (

Apple TV Review (2015): Living with big-screen Siri


Shouting back at the TV used to be frowned upon; now, with the fourth-generation Apple TV , Apple is positively encouraging it. The Cupertino firm's take on the future of the living room has released Siri from its iPhone and iPad prison, while a new...

My old TV had just two HDMI ports, so I had to be selective about what I left plugged in. Even now, with more inputs to fill, I still limit myself to two set-top boxes. The new Apple TV has replaced its predecessor in one of those ports, but it hasn't...

Dec, 2015

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

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Matthew Moskovciak (

Apple TV review: A great streaming box, especially for Apple fans


Editors' note March 9, 2015: Apple has announced a price cut that brings the Apple TV down to $69, £59, AU$109 from its original price of $99. Apple also says it will be the exclusive partner for the HBO Now streaming service , coming exclusively to US...

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 Plus, HBO Go, MLB.TV, and a handful of other online media services are available, plus music, videos, and photos can...

The competing Roku 3 offers more content sources (including Amazon Instant), cross-platform search, and a remote with a headphone jack. The Apple TV is less of a standout streamer box if you don't own other Apple devices.

While it's still a step behind the Roku 3, the Apple TV is an excellent streaming box, especially for those invested in the Apple ecosystem.

Mar, 2012

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

Mar, 2012

Expert review by: Rachel Cericola (

Apple TV (2012)Review


Apple's latest set-top box adds in 1080p support. Did you need something else?

If you're not an "Apple person" and are just looking for something to stream Netflix or YouTube, you may want to look into a Roku box. Roku can do that and much more, and with less expensive hardware. But if you're ensconced in Apple goodies and iTunes...

Apr, 2012

Expert review by: Will Greenwald (

Apple TV (2012)


Two years later the set-top box Apple TV is back, and it's new and improved. An overhauled iOS-like interface gives the Apple TV a fresh menu system, but that's available to last-gen Apple TV owners through a software update. Still, the new model...

Supports 1080p output. Clean, attractive, easy-to-use interface. Excellent iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch integration

Streaming media services are limited. No Hulu Plus

The new Apple TV is just a 1080p version of the old Apple TV with updated firmware, but it's still one of the best ways to watch your videos on your HDTV.

Mar, 2012


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...

May, 2012

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?

Apr, 2012

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Apple TV review


Although the previous Apple TV was pretty slick to use, its lowly 720p output counted against it. For the 2012 new Apple TV, things have changed and it's now a Full HD 1080p video streamer.

Works brilliantly and smoothly with online movies and TV programmes, while AirPlay makes it at home on an Apple network. The limited file support and lack of UPnP support is still a little disappointing, though

Mar, 2012

Expert review by: Cliff Joseph (

AppleTV review


The AppleTV sports a slick, attractive graphical interface

affordable, compact design, attractive graphical interface

only provides access to very limited range of TV and video services

It is possible to run apps for some services on an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad and then stream them to the AppleTV using AirPlay – but the AppleTV really needs to provide direct access to those services without requiring any expensive additional...

Mar, 2013

Product Specifications


1080p Upscaling: No
CDMA Modem: No
Display: No
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Embedded UMTS: No
Insteon: No
Integrated Firewall: No
Integrated Modem: No
Integrated Private Branch Exchange (PBX): No
Power LAN: No
Power over Ethernet: No
Remote Control: Yes
TV Cable Net Function: No
Ultra-Wideband: No
USB Host: No
Wibree: No
WLAN 802.11a Port: Yes
WLAN 802.11ac Port: No
WLAN 802.11b Port: Yes
WLAN 802.11g Port: Yes
WLAN 802.11i Port: No
WLAN 802.11n Port: Yes
ZigBee: No


ADSL Port: No
ADSL2+ Port: No
Bluetooth: No
DECT Port: No
Device Type:Gateway / Bridge
DLNA certified: No
DVI Interface: No
Firewire: No
Home Radio Frequency Port: No
HPNA Port: No
IrDA Port: No
ISDN Port: No
Memory Card Slot: No
MiMo Port: No
S-Video: No
SDSL Port: No
Token Ring Port: No
TV Cable Port: No
WLAN 802.11a Port: Yes
WLAN 802.11b Port: Yes
WLAN 802.11g Port: Yes
WLAN 802.11i Port: No
WLAN 802.11n Port: Yes

General Features

Access Point Function: No
Bridge Function: No
Device Form:Extern
Hub Function: No
Optical Drive: No
Router Function: No
Segment:Networking Device
Switch Function: No
Switch Type:Not Applicable
VoIP Function: No
VPN Function: No