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It’s Official. Apple TV has 8GB of NAND Flash!

Thanks to the guys at iFixit, and their always timely new device teardowns, we now have confirmation that the Apple TV has 8 GB of NAND Flash storage and 256 MB of RAM. In their own words, it is designed a lot like the iPad. While it is thought that the flash storage is meant to temporarily cache streaming content, I would imagine that 8 GB is enough to handle some apps as well, if Apple eventually decides to go that route. That may not seem like much compared to the latest iOS devices, but since all media content is streamed, apps are the only thing you would have to worry about permanently storing. In that case, 8 GB doesn’t sound so bad after all.

Well, now that we have bluetooth connectivity, a newly released iOS Remote app, a jailbreakable iOS, and onboard storage confirmed, the Apple TV seems a LOT more appealing than it did right after the launch announcement. I wrote an article on the Apple TV a couple of weeks ago wondering what the heck Apple was up to with their little hobby. Now it seems pretty clear that Mr Jobs has more in store for this little box than he let on in his speech, but how long will we have to wait to find out exactly what that is?

I still don’t believe Apple has the luxury of time to wait around and see what will happen with rest of the market. The set top field is getting crowded, and the Apple TV’s current software isn’t killing competition right out of the box. In fact, it is just barely keeping up, which was made especially clear with yesterday’s announcement that Hulu Plus is going to be available for the Roku and for TiVo. Netflix, AirPlay, and 780p alone are not just not enough to set Apple TV apart from the competition right now. I don’t think Apple can afford to wait an entire year, as is their custom with major iOS updates, to roll out an App Store and unlock the true potential of this device. That may be too late for the Apple TV to gain real traction.

With all that said, I am still excited about this news, as our friendly neighborhood jailbreakers certainly won’t sit on their hands for a year. As we know, they wasted no time in getting down to business. The Apple TV’s firmware has already been cracked and I’m sure a full on jailbreak for the device isn’t too far behind. Now that we know what we are dealing with and can see the possibilities open to this hardware, I am inching toward going ahead and taking the plunge. In the light of all the news on the Apple TV over the last few days, what do you guys think now? Is it yes, no, or maybe for the Apple TV?

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