More Apple TV fun: 1080p in, Xcode, PhoneView

As Apple TV (2010) makes its way out into the world people are figuring out more of what you can and can't do with it, including Engadget who says there's 1080p in (but not out) via iTunes:

We just ran some tests on the AppleTV's playback limits by streaming 1080p movie trailers in iTunes and managed to verify murmurs saying the device can accept 1080p content. Unfortunately, output is a different story, since it downscales the image back to 720p on your display

TUAW meanwhile plugged it into PhoneView to access the AFC service area, tried Ping (the network IP command, not iTunes social music!), VLC, used TinyUmbrella to save SHSH blobs, and more:

You can register your Apple TV device in Xcode (it shows up immediately) to the iOS developer portal but you cannot perform any actual development -- yet. Xcode complains that Apple TV does not "support development". Bummer that.

Sounds like there will be fun times ahead, especially for the Jailbreak community.

[Engadget, TUAW]

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More Apple TV fun: 1080p in, Xcode, PhoneView


I know asking for XBMC hack on the new apple TV is a stretch, but im really looking forward to accessing videos off my NAS shared drives and not having to keep itunes running on my pc...

Agreed Darkstar. most people can't tell the difference between 720p and 1080p. Um, some of us CAN. 1080p has become so common in content and hardware it's ludicrous not to be included.

I can DEFINITLY tell a major difference between 1080p and 720p. Steve Jobs is halfway blind. He wears glasses for God's sake! He shouldn't be the one telling us what is best. The major reason why Apple TV doesn't support 1080p is most likely due the the processing power of the device. It probably can't decode 1080p on a 55" high def screen like it can on a 3.5 inch phone or an iPad. My mom can't tell the difference between standard TV and 1080p. So Steve, lets just dump 1080p and go back to analog!!! YAY!!! You'll make TRILLIONS of $$$$$$$$$$$$$

Apple does 720p because they want to stream it. And pipes aren't big enough for 1080p (at least for many people).

I only ask this because I haven't been able to figure it out: what good is Apple TV? My netbook AND PS3 connects to my LCD TV and I can do all the same things Apple TV does. Don't get me wrong; it looks cool and sounds fancy but if you can connect a PS3/laptop/PC to your computer, you'd really have no need for this, would you? Or am I missing out on something that it CAN do that nothing else can?
Again, respect to anyone who buys this. This isn't meant to trash the product. Just playing 'information catch up'. :)

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