Apple TV Models: How to Know Which Apple TV You Have

Each of the Apple TV models has identifying characteristics, but the differences may not be obvious to the everyday user. In order to know for sure which Apple TV you have, there are a few things you'll need to do.

We haven’t seen a new Apple TV since 2017, although rumors have been flying about the potential release of a new model sometime soon. If you’re curious how old your Apple TV is or if you’re thinking of upgrading when the opportunity does finally present itself, you may be wondering “What Apple TV do I have” so you can figure out the specs and value of your current model. Since the set-top boxes are all so similar on all Apple TV models, it isn’t immediately obvious at first glance. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can find out the exact Apple TV version that you own, and this article will walk you through each of those methods. Keep reading to learn how to identify your Apple TV.

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Which Apple TV Model Do I Have?

To find out which Apple TV model you have, you will need to locate your Apple TV’s model number. All Apple TV models have a model number code that begins with the letter A followed by four numbers. This five-digit code will help you identify which version of the apple TV you have. Once you have your model number, use the table below for easy model number lookup!

Here's how to find the model number on your Apple TV using the Settings app.

  1. Go to the Apple TV Home Screen.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Select General.
  4. Select About.
  5. Check to the right of Model in the About section to see the model number.

    Apple TV Settings will show you the model number

Check the Set-Top Box to Find Out Your Apple TV Model

Here's how to look on your Apple TV device itself to find the model number.

  1. Pick up the Apple TV box.
  2. Flip it over to see the label on the bottom, on which you'll find the Apple TV model number.

    Apple TV device bottom label

Apple TV Generations Model Number Lookup

Use this table to find which Apple TV version you have. You can click the links to learn more about each Apple TV and its features to help you narrow down exactly which Apple TV model you have.

Model Number

Apple TV Generation

A1842

Apple TV 4K

A1625

Apple TV HD

A1427 or
A1469 for Rev A

Apple TV (3rd Generation)

A1378

Apple TV (2nd Generation)

A1218

Apple TV (1st Generation)

Apple TV Models & Features

On certain models, you can actually look at the back of the set-top box and examine the ports and connectors. The number and types of ports can help you identify which Apple TV model you have! Otherwise, there are some other identifying features of the various generations of Apple TV.

If you'd rather jump to the specs for an Apple TV instead of scrolling through, you may also click one of the following links:

 

Apple TV 4K: Model A1842

Apple TV 4K device and remoteApple TV 4K ports and connectors

  • Connections:
    • HDMI 2.0a (2160p, Dolby Vision, and HDR10)
    • Gigabit Ethernet
    • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO; simultaneous dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
    • Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology
    • IR receiver
  • Year introduced: 2017
  • Color: Black
  • Capacity: 32 GB or 64 GB
  • Model number: A1842
  • Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote

Apple TV HD: Model A1625

Please note that this Apple TV model was previously called Apple TV (4th generation).

4th Generation/Apple TV HD device and remote4th Generation/Apple TV HD ports and connectors

  • Connections:
    • HDMI 1.4 (720p or 1080p)
    • 10/100BASE-T Ethernet
    • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO)
    • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
    • IR receiver
    • USB‑C (for service and support)
  • Year introduced: 2015
  • Color: Black
  • Capacity: 32 GB or 64 GB
  • Model number: A1625
  • Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote

Apple TV (3rd Generation): Model A1427 or A1469

3rd Generation Apple TV device and remote3rd Generation Apple TV ports and connectors

  • Connections:
    • HDMI (720p or 1080p)
    • 10/100BASE-T Ethernet
    • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
    • Optical audio
    • IR receiver
    • Micro-USB (for service and support)
  • Year introduced: 2012
  • Color: Black
  • Model number: A1427 or A1469 for Rev A
  • Apple Remote (aluminum)

Apple TV (2nd Generation): Model A1378

2nd Generation Apple TV device and remote2nd Generation Apple TV ports and connectors

  • Connections:
    • HDMI (720p)
    • 10/100BASE-T Ethernet
    • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
    • Optical audio
    • IR receiver
    • Micro-USB (for service and support)
  • Year introduced: 2010
  • Color: Black
  • Model number: A1378
  • Apple Remote (aluminum)

Apple TV (1st Generation): Model A1218

1st Generation Apple TV device and remoteApple TV 1st generation ports and connectors

  • Connections:
    • HDMI and component video (480p or 720p)
    • 10/100BASE-T Ethernet
    • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) 
    • Optical and RCA stereo audio
    • IR receiver
    • USB 2.0 (for service and support)
  • Year introduced: 2007
  • Color: Silver
  • Capacity: 40 or 160 GB
  • Model number: A1218
  • Apple Remote (white)

Now that you've identified which Apple TV model you have, you can learn a lot about which features you have compared to other models! You can also make plans to buy a new one when Apple releases the next Apple TV version, if that's something you're interested in. 

All images courtesy of Apple

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Olena Kagui is a freelance writer who lives in Rhode Island. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on every topic under the sun! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.