Apple does release mid-cycle updates to their products, but they come without the fanfare that “special” events provide. The Apple TV has just received one of those updates, according to MacRumors.
The Apple TV model now hitting stores includes a new part number: A1469. Previous models included the A1470 part number.
So what has changed? The Apple TV includes a slightly smaller A5 chip. This suggests that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is the company behind the chip.
This new A5 found in the tweaked third-generation Apple TV is considerably smaller still, with our measurements putting the chip at just 6 mm by 6 mm.
Although this update is minor, it is a significant one. It contains the first A5 processor not manufactured by Samsung.