Apple TV iOS 4.1 firmware posted, susceptible to Jailbreak

Using a publicly released version of the Apple TV iOS 4.1 firmware, the Dev-Team has decrypted its keys, the first step necessary to a Jailbreak, which could very well be on its way. That's less than 24 hours after the iPod Touch 4G fell victim to the same SHAtter exploit.

UPDATE #1: 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!

Cydia apps? 1080p output? At this point anything seems possible.

A way to control the UI absent finger-on-screen multitouch would still have to be worked out for standard iOS apps to function, but getting Hulu, PC to AppleTV streaming for video formats like DIVx and MKV, and Mobile freakin' Safari up there would all be excellent starting points.

Does the idea of a Jailbroken Apple TV make it more appealing to anyone? And what would you want to see running on it?

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Apple TV iOS 4.1 firmware posted, susceptible to Jailbreak


I have the previous generation of Apple TV and wasn't much interested in the new Apple TV. This though makes me much more likely to grab one, especially if we get 1080p as well as easy to stream mkv.

Would you give Farbod the blogger job already? His articles are written well and unlike Rene, he actually proofreads them and submits them without spelling errors.

Jailbroken the old one with the ATV Flash hack so why not!
There's no storage now though so add-on options must be pretty limited surely?

You need a graphic of an Apple TV wearing the jailbreak clothes like the iPad and iPhone are above.

Well is the apple tv's hardware capable of doing 1080p? That would have to be the real question
If (and if I understand it correctly it is) the jailbreak is a bootrom, we can then dualboot it with an updated boxee or xbmc. That would make me get one right there.

@Pn2bade I can almost guarantee that the 720p cap is a software limit because itunes doesnt have 1080p video and they dont want to deal with the additional bandwith. The specs on AppleTV are more than enough to handle 1080p and parts necessary to limit 720p are more expensive these days...

@Pn2bade: I agree with Farbod21. The 720p limitation is an aspect of Apple's overall product line and content delivery system, and almost certainly not a hardware limitation. IMO, there's no particular reason for Apple to be concerned with 1080p. 1080p is worthless on anything smaller than a 40" TV, and 720p TVs sell quite well. If Apple can't make their video streaming system work in a practical sense, so that it is easy to use and able to compete in the market, that failure won't be because they don't support 1080p.

Forgot to add: the main jailbreak application that would be popular IMO would be broader audio and video codec support with remote streaming from a networked computer or NAS; 1080p would be a bonus but relatively less important, as long as 1080p video files were supported without the need for re-encoding.

@Dennis, remote streaming is basically the only thing I really want. To be able to take this tiny box to a friends house and stream movies from my PC would be awesome. Another cool feature would be a wireless Mirrored Display of my Ipad or iPhone so I could play games on my TV :)

I would love to get one if it could be jailbroken and made to play any video format, I'd buy it over the western digital.