In an abrupt development, an Apple TV tvOS 10.1 jailbreak is "finally done", and should available to download soon. Here are the details.
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.
Although the Apple TV is still officially classed as hobby project for Apple that takes its place behind the likes of the iPhone and iPad, it is a piece of kit that is growing in popularity and prominence with more units shipping each quarter. Apple have showed recent signs of taking the Apple TV more seriously with the addition of streaming content such as the iTunes Festival and their own media event keynotes but until they add some powerful extensions and features, it may continue to live as the company's hobby creation. Thankfully, the jailbreak world loves to pay attention to unloved iOS devices and it now seems possible to control the Apple TV using basic voice commands.
When any new jailbreak is released, the majority of the social interest seems to be about the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. The portable Apple TV device doesn’t seem to command a large slice of the attention, but it is worth noting that the device does run its own version of iOS and as a result can be jailbroken untethered, all thanks to pod2g’s exploit.
Yesterday we reported on Apple releasing a firmware update for its Apple TV device, which brings a series of bug fixes in a rather run-of-the-mill release.
Although jailbreaking is most known for the enhancements it adds to portable iOS devices, namely the iPod touch, the iPhone and the iPad, it's also possible to jailbreak the Apple TV and add several interesting new features using an application known as Seas0nPass, which has now been updated to support the newly-released iOS 4.3 for the Apple TV 2G.
Earlier today, Apple released a new software update for the second-generation Apple TV to fix various bugs, and to add some improvements over the last release.
The just released PwnageTool 4.3 can jailbreak iOS 4.3.1 on iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad (1st-gen), iPod touch 4G/3G, Apple TV, and at the same time will help retain the old baseband for iPhone 4 and 3GS users so that they can unlock using the existing version of Ultrasn0w.
That’s right ! Seas0nPass jailbreak tool has been updated to add support for jailbreaking the recently released iOS 4.3 for Apple TV (second-gen). Like almost all jailbreaks for iOS 4.3, this version of Seas0nPass jailbreak is also limited to tethered-boot for now.