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Apple TV (alternatively tv, and known originally by its codename, iTV) is Apple's set-top box, which started shipping in March 2007. It was originally announced by Steve Jobs at a special event on September 12, 2006 (dubbed "It's Showtime"), and subsequently shown at Macworld San Francisco 2007.
The original version of Apple TV featured a 40 GB hard disk and sold for $299 USD. A version with a 160 GB hard disk began shipping on May 31, 2007, for $399 USD. 
New Apple TV capabilities were announced at Macworld San Francisco 2008. It now requires no computer and adds the ability to rent movies from the iTunes Store in DVD quality or HD, among other features. A price drop from $299 to $229 was also announced.
- Built-in power supply (no power brick)
- USB, Ethernet and 802.11 wireless connectivity with support for 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n
- HDMI, optical audio, component video and RCA stereo audio outputs
- Works with the Apple Remote
- 40 or 160 GB hard drive
- 720p HD video
- Video, music and photo support
- Autosync with a single computer, stream from up to five
- 1 GHz Pentium M processor with 2 MB L2 Cache
- 350 Mhz Front Side Bus
- NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 with 64 MB VRAM
- 256 MB DDR2 400 Mhz RAM
- YouTube integration from June 2007
New Features in Apple TV 'Take 2'
- No longer requires a computer
- Dolby Digital support by optical or HDMI connections
- Ability to rent and purchase movies and music from the iTunes Store
- Ability to rent 720p high-def movies with Dolby Digital (usually 5.1 surround sound) from the iTunes Store
- Ability to download podcasts
- Ability to stream photos from .Mac and Flickr
- Retails at $99 in the United States