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You’d be hard-pressed to find that piece of information on Apple’s Tech Specs webpage for the new Apple TV, but newly posted documents related to third-party tvOS software development provide some interesting tidbits related to the device’s underlying hardware.

In addition to the 64-bit A8 chip, the new box has two gigabytes of RAM, up from just one gigabyte of RAM inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, both of which also use the A8 chip. The new Apple TV isn’t exactly focused on multitasking so Apple most likely doubled the RAM to enable finer detail in games.

As stated in per Apple’s document for developers titled “App Programming Guide for tvOS,” the new Apple TV has the following hardware specifications:

  • 64-bit A8 processor
  • 32GB or 64GB of storage
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 10/100Mbps Ethernet
  • WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • 1080p resolution
  • HDMI
  • New Siri Remote / Apple TV Remote

It’s somewhat surprising that the new Apple TV runs the A8 chip from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, not the notably faster A8X processor that powers the iPad Air 2.

As far as gaming goes, the new Apple TV’s operating system, dubbed ‘tvOS,’ supports key iOS technologies including Metal for detailed graphics and complex visual effects and Game Center to play and share games with friends.

The new Apple TV was also found to limit the maximum size of a third-party app or game to just 200 megabytes, forcing developers to optimize their 200MB+ applications with iOS 9’s On-Demand Resources.

The long story short, games will retrieve additional assets as you progress throughout the levels on demand, from the App Store. This is done transparently as the operating system handles managing downloading and storage.

And because there is no persistent local storage for apps on the new box, every app developed for the new Apple TV must be able to store data in iCloud and retrieve it “in a way that provides a great customer experience,” as per Apple.

The fourth-generation Apple TV will be available at the end of October priced at $149/$199 for a 32GB/64GB model. The device will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

Source: Apple

  • Marcinoo16

    is 2GB of ram on iphone 6s is also confirmed?

    • Alberto Espinal

      Thats my question too

    • TheDryChipper

      I just read on BGR that it will indeed have 2GB. Not sure how reliable they are though.

    • George

      No and its still a 720p screen.

      • Rowan09

        Source?

    • Maxim∑

      I’m pretty confident if the ATV.. a $150 product has 2GB of RAM that the 6S line also has it.

      With 4K you need more memory to act as a buffer anyway so im 99.9% sure

  • Chliii

    I thought they were $149 and $199?

    • George

      Lol oh IDB 🙂

  • Vrys99

    Mistake: 32G/149$ 64G/199$ not 199$/299$ 🙂

  • Corey Lake

    Pricey…

  • OneBigInFiniteJoinT

    I read 2GB RAM and i went ” OOOOO F*** YES !! and then i read Apple TV.. bummer !! Haha

  • smtp25

    Huh? It has no local persistent storage. 200 mb app limits. Why does it come in 32/64gb??

  • Dalton

    New 4K TV: check. Preorder 6S with 4K camera: soon. Get a new Apple TV with 4…. really…? You showoff this brand new Apple TV huge stage presence… no 4K. Okay that’s fine it’s still new technology…. “The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus have a 12MP camera that shoots in 4K!” Great! I can take all this great 4K content with my cool new iPhone, spend $150 on a new Apple TV but can’t watch it!
    -Time Cooke, you won’t ever read this. But ya shit the bead with that one. the new Apple TV looks incredible, if you would’ve supported 4K you would have set the new resolution standard. Could’ve had a home run, instead ya got to 3rd.

  • n0ahcruz3

    6s and 6sP has 2gb ram according to BGR.

  • Victor Molina

    I’ll stick to my lovely ps4 for living room gaming

  • Pete

    what game is that, its looking good.