Apple discontinues third-generation Apple TV

By , Oct 5, 2016

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The third-generation Apple TV debuted in March 2012 with a single-core A5 processor and 1080p video output, but now the device is being discontinued as Apple sharpens focus on the latest fourth-generation Apple TV that runs third-party apps and games via the tvOS App Store and comes with a more powerful hardware and the Siri Remote.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple has removed the device from its online store and confirmed in an email sent out to employees and education partners that it’s phased out the device.

“Effective immediately, Apple TV (3rd generation), MD/199LL/A, has reached end of life and is now discontinued,” reads Apple’s email. “The Apple Supply team is going to fulfill all shippable backlog.”

Apple TV 3 discontinued email

They’re still selling refurbished Apple TV 3 models for $59.

I still have my third-generation Apple TV lying around somewhere and won’t be selling it anytime soon. Although I’ve never flashed it to install unsanctioned apps, it’s still a great pay TV device and a Netflix machine—especially at its former $69 asking price.

As Apple no longer has an inexpensive streamer in its Apple TV lineup (the fourth-generation Apple TV starts out at $149), maybe the current model will occupy the $69 price point once a next-generation model is released?

Speaking of which, do you think the Apple TV will get a hardware refresh this year?

Source: 9to5Mac

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  • lucianf

    There was never an option to install 3rd party apps on the ATV 3. You’re confusing it with the v2.

    • cdlenfert

      also who uses the term “flashed” on this site? You have a podcast called “Let’s Talk Jailbreak”. RIP ATV3. Go be with your superior predecessors.

    • I never said ATV3 could run 3rd party apps

      • Jacob S

        Oh well we all “reading it wrongly” LOL

        “I still have my third-generation Apple TV lying around somewhere and won’t be selling it anytime soon. Although I’ve never flashed it to install unsanctioned apps…”

      • smtp25

        It does say ‘flashed to run unsanctioned apps’ presumably that means 3rd party

  • nonchalont

    No rumors yet that I’ve read about an atv refresh. However, it takes Apple a few years to refresh the atv. They don’t refresh them every year or two.

  • askep3

    They may be refreshing it if they discontinued this one

  • We all know the 3rd gen was capable of keeping up. was it really that much work to keep providing support for it?

  • And so goes the final device using the insanely long lasting A5 chip. RIP