For a lot of Apple device owners and jailbreak fans, it’s always good day when a new tool or an update to an existing jailbreak tool is released with additional firmware or device support. As we know already, Apple pushed out an update to the Apple TV yesterday, taking the current firmware version to 5.0.2, and thanks to the guys over at FireCore, today will go down as a good day.
Their popular Seas0nPass tool has been promptly and efficiently updated to provide support for Apple’s latest software release, bringing an untethered jailbreak to iOS 5.0.2 on the second-generation Apple TV. Although Apple have publicly announced that they see the Apple TV as somewhat of a hobby, the quick updates and relatively recent overhaul of the user-interface may suggest that they are starting to take the little black box a bit more seriously, especially as sales figures are increasing steadily.
This update though is extremely minor and doesn’t bring any real notable changes that users should concern themselves with. In the past, we have seen the fruit company push out tiny point updates in order to patch jailbreak vulnerabilities, but the release of an updated Seas0nPass and a tweet from Apple TV jailbreak guru NitoTV confirms that the latest build is still susceptible to the untether.
As it has been the case in the past and continues to be so, Apple’s latest generation Apple TV unit is not supported with this latest release of Seas0nPass, with the software only providing an untethered jailbreak on the second-generation black hockey puck. The official word from those involved behind the jailbreaks reveals that there is still no news relating to a jailbreak for the third-generation Apple TV, meaning those who decided to opt for the 1080p version of Apple’s hobby project will need to sit patiently as Apple TV 2G owners enjoy the freedom that an untethered jailbreak always brings to any iDevice.
These last few weeks have certainly been frantic in the world of jailbreaking with Apple having to live with the fact that pretty much all of their devices that are capable of running latest firmware can be jailbroken with the Apple TV 3 being the exception. As we approach the final run in to the WWDC it seems that the jailbreakers are currently winning the ever exciting cat and mouse game.
You can follow the guide posted here on how to jailbreak your Apple TV 2G untethered using Seas0nPass. Be sure to download the latest version of Seas0nPass from the links embedded below before you go ahead.
Update: Sn0wbreeze v2.9.6 has been released too to untether-jailbreak Apple TV on 5.0.2 firmware. Download it from here.