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Apple TV (3rd Gen, 2012/2013)

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

28844 reviews

Aug, 2018

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. People are impressed by the size and design. The price and usability also get good views, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size

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

Aug, 2018

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)

Aug, 2018

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...

Mar, 2012

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


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.

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 : Brian Klug (

Apple TV 3 (2012) Short Review - 1080p and better WiFi


The iPad (3) took front row during the recent launch extravaganza, however Apple also refreshed their Apple TV with a new model sporting a single core A5 SoC and some other noteworthy tweaks. We've spent some time with the new model since its launch,...

Mar, 2012

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Apple TV review: For those deeply committed to the Apple ecosystem


Apple TV gives you access to tons of great HD content in a tiny package. Enjoy blockbuster movies, TV shows, live sports and news, your music, photos, and more--right on your high-definition TV. You can even play content from your iOS devices or Mac on...

It's the only option for streaming iTunes content ; Apple Music, HomeKit, and AirPlay further extend the box's usefulness ; App-driven home screen is easy to understand ; Fairly cheap for a high-end set-top box ; Only platform that still lacks voice...

Outdated hardware translates to long loading times ; Limited app selection ; Remote is overly simplistic and depends on line of sight

Editor’s note: This review supersedes our original review of the Apple TV. You’ll find our previous opinion preserved here.

Jul, 2015

Expert review by : Adel (

Review: 3rd Gen Apple TV


Actually, it hasn't really been that long since Apple released the latest iteration of the Apple TV – mid-March, was it? So it's not too late to review it, even though rumor has it a real Apple TV, the one with an LED/LCD, is coming out the end of the...

Small and compact ; Connects to iTunes Store for content ; Connects to iTunes library on your computer to stream content ; Does AirPlay ; Has a Remote app for your iOS devices

Gets a bit warm in use ; Only connects to iTunes Store for content ; No HDMI cable included ; Has limited selection of media ; Doesn’t store media, only streams it

The 3rd gen Apple TV is available for $99 on the US Apple Store, but is obtainable for a considerable markup (an average of around P7000) from local online sellers.

Jun, 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

Product Specifications


Color of product:Black / Silver

Energy Management

Power consumption (typical):48

File formats

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


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

Operational Conditions

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

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:Y
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
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 compression format:AVI, H.264, M-JPEG, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG4 / H.264, M-JPEG, MPEG4 / H.264, MPEG4
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:3.86 / 7.76
Height:0.906 / 1.1
Weight:2.4 / 9.52
Width:3.86 / 7.76