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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. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The price and usability also get good feedback, but comments are divided on 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 : 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

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?...

Mar, 2015

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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

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Expert review by : David Ludlow (

Apple TV (3rd generation) review - a bargain at just £59


Compact and great value with lots of online content, the Apple TV 3rd gen keeps on getting better

The new Apple TV (4th generation) is an impressive bit of kit but we're yet to find a must-have app on it unless you're interested in playing games on your TV. At this price, the Apple TV 3rd gen is a good pick for most Apple device users and is a...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by : Barry Collins (

Apple TV 2014 review


The Apple TV is almost the forgotten child of the Apple family, having last seen a major refresh back in March 2012. That's not to say the hardware is showing its age – it's still as sleek and powerful as anything else on the market, with full 1080p...

From a technical point of view, the Apple TV is as slick and neatly designed as you'd expect from Apple. However, its reliance upon iTunes and Netflix is frustrating for users outside the US, and the Apple TV won't live up to its considerable potential...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Simon Jary (

Apple TV review (2012)


Actually, and to the disappointment of industry disruptors everywhere, it measured less than an inch in height and under 4 inches in width and depth. Indeed it was the same shape and size as the previous Apple TV, and not so dissimilar in features either.

Apple TV is a sexy little box that sits unobtrusively next to your television, giving you easy access to a wide range of (albeit expensive) iTunes movie and TV series downloads. You can stream your photos, videos and music from your computer, iPad,...

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Niall Magennis (

Apple TV (2012) review


If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. That seems to be the motto for Apple with the Apple TV, which Steve Jobs once described as his hobby. The latest model retains the tiny form factor of the second generation player, but it improves on it by...

Compact design; 1080p resolution playback; Beautiful menu system; Netflix support.

Lacks key UK services like BBC iPlayer; Doesn't support non-Apple formats like Xvid and MKV video files.

Beautifully designed and incredibly easy to use, Apple TV is a top-notch product for those who are happy to rely on iTunes and Netflix for their TV and movie content. However, it still lacks support for UK services such as BBC iPlayer, which is...

Mar, 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 : Jonathan Margolis (

Apple TV


Is this the best online television portal on the market?

May, 2016

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


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