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The Apple TV may not strictly run on the same software as the likes of the iPad or iPhone, but it still has to be considered an iOS device, because, well, it runs on a variant of iOS. Following the Evasi0n jailbreak for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the same exploit used on that occasion has been utilized by FireCore, the team of individuals behind the Seas0nPass jailbreak tool, to provide an untethered jailbreak on the very latest Apple TV 5.2 firmware.

Please bear in mind that this update to the renowned jailbreak tool only works on the second-generation Apple TV device, and will not jailbreak the third-gen, 1080p version. With no real indication of a 3rd-gen Apple TV jailbreak in sight, it’s little wonder the older, 720p version is selling for more than its as-new price on the Internet auction site eBay. Even now – almost a year after the release of the 3rd-gen Apple TV, the only way to enjoy a jailbroken set-top box experience with all the trimmings such as XBMC, is to own the older model.

Still, if you are one of those lucky individuals, you’ll likely have been waiting patiently for an untethered jailbreak on the latest firmware, and now, it has finally arrived. The difference between tethered and untethered, as many of you will know, is that the former requires a connection to a Windows or Mac machine in order to ‘boot tethered’ every time it is rebooted or switched off. An untethered jailbreak is a one-time affair which jailbreaks your device before allowing you to continue normal usage – rebooting until your heart’s content.

Of course, the Apple TV is rather easier to manage with just a tethered jailbreak, no less since few of us rely on our TV as much as we do our iPhone or iPad devices. However, this is still a welcome release from the FireCore team, and jailbreaking your Apple TV 2 device is as easy as pie.

Since the instructions to jailbreak using Seas0nPass are exactly the same as before, you can follow our previous guide posted here to jailbreak Apple TV 5.2 firmware untethered.

Those on third-gen will, unfortunately, just have to continue to grin and bear it!

(Source: FireCore Blog)

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