Apple Set Top Box

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A later model of the Apple Set Top Box prototype
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A later model of the Apple Set Top Box prototype
Inside of a later Apple Set Top Box prototype
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Inside of a later Apple Set Top Box prototype
Two ROM chips from the inside of an Apple Set Top Box
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Two ROM chips from the inside of an Apple Set Top Box

In the mid-1990s, Apple made an attempt at a Cable Box type device that would be able to download content from cable networks, view TV, and work like a computer. The project was never completed or any of the units sold, but a good amount of prototype machines are floating around. There is not a lot of information about these devices, but there were at least three major revisions.

I/O ports

  • Composite Video Out
  • Stereo Composite Audio Out
  • S-Video Out
  • Apple Serial port
  • ADB port (On front side of machine)
  • SCSI
  • Ethernet
  • Power
  • Two SCART ports
  • Coaxial In (for cable TV)
  • Coaxial Out (out to TV)

Tidbits

  • The Apple Set Top Box was never released and is a prototype.
  • There are "Do Not Remove" labels over the two SCART ports on the back of the unit
  • The Apple Set Top Box is black in color
  • Apparently, according to the sticker on the bottom of the unit, the Apple Set Top Box was not FCC approved at the time.
  • There is an On/Off switch on the Power Supply in the back of the unit, and a Power button on the front of the unit.

Links

  • <mrthread>

threadid=1122 </mrthread> - discussion with attempts at booting and using the system

  • Apple TV - Apple's Media Extender Box.