Storing and Sharing Data
The Apple TV has undergone quite an evolution when it comes to storage. The original Apple TV came with a standard 40GB or 160GB hard drive. The Apple TV would use that storage for holding movies, TV shows, and music locally on the Apple TV. For the next two generations of the Apple TV, Apple removed the hard drive completely. Instead, the Apple TV was equipped with 8GB of flash storage. These boxes lacked the ability to locally store any media; instead movies, TV shows, and music all had to be streamed either from a local computer or across the Internet. With the fourth-generation, Apple has released a hybrid solution. The new Apple TVs come in either 32GB or 64GB versions, but apps are still required to stream most of their data and content. Apple currently limits an app to a total of 200MB of local storage, but this data are temporary and can be removed when the app is quit.