iPhone Dev Team Tests Apple TV Jailbreak

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Apple TVThough the device just began shipping this week, members of the iPhone Dev Team have been able to use existing jailbreaking tools to jailbreak Apple TV. In a blog post, the hacking group said that it was able to use an exploit called SHAtter to decrypt firmware for the Apple TV that was released by Apple in advance of the device’s release.

“Even though the new Apple TV isn’t yet in people’s homes,” the group said, “the firmware is available on Apple’s normal public distribution servers and SHAtter has been used to decrypt its keys!”

What exactly people will do with a jailbroken Apple TV remains to be seen. For one thing, there is no market for unapproved Apple TV apps in that there are, as yet, no Apple TV apps. Of course, a jailbroken Apple TV could be made to run iPhone or iPad apps, assuming the enterprising user could find a way to actually control them.

Also, no one is going to be making phone calls on an Apple TV since it doesn’t have any cellular capabilities. Being able to unlock an iPhone in order to move it another carrier is one of the primary reasons (though not the only reason) many jailbreakers hack their devices.

Nonetheless, tinkerers love tinkering and it looks as if the Apple TV is going to join the cat-and-mouse games played by the jailbreaking community and Apple.

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In fact, i don’t care about the jailbreak, as i don’t like the apple tv, Apple TV is not a real platform, neither own the application store, has not been applied. Therefore, even if the users can download movies from Netflix, they can not use Vimeo; can see the pictures on Flickr, but can not see on Facebook or SmugMug; can get 99 cents of Fox and ABC shows video, but can not see Comedey Central, Hulu or Fancast program. In short, no Facebook, no Twitter, no sports scores, no weather, no stock figures, no news, and video games. Apple seems to be too simplified in the device. Perhaps this situation will be changed next year?


Well, while it is IMHO a little premature to draw conclusions about the iOS based AppleTV (how many hours old, as of 9/30/2010?), jailbreaking opened the original iPhone to third party programmers.

AKA the kind of people that could fill all -or most- of the ‘holes’ of the platform….

So only time will tell if jailbreaking the new toy can be useful or not…


Just got my apple TV yesterday. Very slick controls and i am really pleased. the benefits i see is that i no longer have to connect my laptop up to view netflix. the netflix box is the same price. i can play all my music and view photos straight onto my tv. plus, a surprising area is the podcasts. to watch the video podcasts on your tv in perfect quality really changes the game. it makes their podcast almost like a cable channel. also, you tube is must better quality than the version i have on my Panasonic TV. i don;t know why, i would have though it would be the same.
In regard to the jailbreak, i would like to see it allow my desktop on the TV. That way i can play anything, including hulu and watch it on the tv without connecting the cables as i currently do!

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