Apple TV jailbreak coming soon
It’s looking like SHAtter is going to be the gift that keeps on giving. Even though the new AppleTV isn’t yet in people’s homes, the firmware is available on Apple’s normal public distribution servers and SHAtter has been used to decrypt its keys!
This is exciting news for the mod and jailbreak community, as the Apple TV will undoubtedly be a hackers hit. The device is largely thought to be a reconfigured iPod Touch, but until a full tear-down is completed nobody knows the machines innards for sure.
The new Apple TV runs iOS 4.1, although it is a modified version of the operating system minus the Springboard application. Springboard is the classic iPhone touch-based user interface that has become synonymous with iOS, and in it’s place is something called LowTide, which is practically identical to the FrontRow application running within Mac OS X.
Thoughts on an Apple TV Jailbreak
So here’s my prediction: Apple TV jailbreak will be released soon, the Springboard application will be run (despite the lack of touch), and you’ll be able to use all your favorite apps on the jailbroken Apple TV in the near future, perhaps using another touch-based iOS device as the controller.
I also think that Apple is going to pay close attention to how the mod community handles the Apple TV, and may even implement changes based on their findings. Other than the obvious game of cat-and-mouse that involves closing the various jailbreak exploits, I think Apple learns from the jailbreak community and uses the best of their ideas in future products. I have a hunch that Apple TV will follow this example. Much like Installer.app and Cydia are thought to have gave rise to the official App Store, it’s quite possible that the best functionality of the jailbroken Apple TV will make an official appearance down the road.
In the meantime, this will all be done unofficially through the jailbreak/hacker community, so don’t expect any love from Apple (although jailbreaking is legal, it is said to void your Apple warranty).