what is the difference between generation 1 and 3 apple tv?

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    Apple TV (1st generation, MA711LL/A)

    Processor: 1.0 GHz Pentium M
    RAM: 256 MB
    Video Processor: GeForce Go 7300
    Storage: 40 GB HDD
    OS: OS X 10.4.7
    Built in apps: No
    USB: One USB 2.0 (standard)
    Video Out: HDMI, Component
    Audio Out: HDMI, Optical, RCA
    Max Resolution: 1280 x 720 @25fps / Anamorphic 1280 x 720 (960 x 720) @30fps
    Max AVC profile: Main 3.1
    iTunes Extra support: Yes
    AirPlay support: No
    Size: 7.7” x 7.7” x 1.1”
    Casing: Plastic top, Aluminum sides, Rubberized base
    Color: White and Silver
    Weight: 2.4 lbs.
    Price: US$299 (dropped to US$229 Jan 2008)
    Remote: Plastic
    Power cord color: White


    Apple TV (3rd generation, MD199LL/A)

    Processor: 1.0 GHz Apple A5
    RAM: 512 MB
    Video Processor: built into Apple A5
    Storage: 8GB Flash
    OS: iOS 6.1
    Built in apps: Yes
    USB: One USB 2 (micro)
    Video Out: HDMI
    Audio Out: HDMI, Optical
    Max Resolution: 1920 x 1080 @30fps
    Max AVC profile: Main 4.1
    iTunes Extra support: No
    AirPlay support: Yes
    Size: 3.9” x 3.9” x 0.9”
    Casing: Plastic
    Color: Black
    Weight: 0.6 lbs.
    Price: US$99
    Remote: Aluminum
    Power cord color: Black

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  • The ATV 2 was 720p only and the ATV3 will play 1080p. The ATV1 had an internal hard drive and the ATV2/3 do not.

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  • The big difference is the gen 1 has a hard drive. You can sync everything you have in iTunes on your computer with the gen 1 (movies, music, tv shows, pod casts, and photos) and store it locally on the ATV. With the gen 3 you have to stream all of your content which means your computer has to be turned on and on the local network. One advantage of the gen 3 is the ability to mirror your macbook or iPad to your tv screen. Nice if you want a bigger screen for Skype or content you have stored on your laptop.

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