The Apple TV is kind of like the underdog of Apple’s iOS devices. Billed as nothing more than a hobby by Apple execs, it’s easy to forget that although this living-room accessory doesn’t get a lot of press, there are still quite a few loyal Apple TV users out there. This is largely due to the awesome functionality this little hockey-puck brings to your HDTV, but it also owes a fair amount of its success to the amazing third-party applications created for it by the developers of the jailbreak community.
The third generation of the Apple TV was released last March, and early adopters were eager to hack their newest Apple toy to install programs like aTV Flash and applications that grant access to live ESPN broadcasts, among others. Unfortunately, those adventurous Apple TV 3 users have been waiting for quite some time, and if the newest round of reports is correct, they’ll have to continue to wait indefinitely because a jailbreak for the third-gen Apple TV is still pretty far off.
FireCore, the developers behind aTV Flash, which is a $30-dollar bit of software that enables a slew of additional features to jailbroken Apple TVs, published a blog post detailing the issues the community is having with the Apple TV 3.
“As you may recall we were very optimistic about the ATV3 when it originally launched back in March, and while this optimism remains unchanged it’s clear things have not progressed as quickly as anyone would have liked. The biggest hurdle that has yet to be overcome is also the most essential – the jailbreak. While we tend to think of ourselves as pretty resourceful, the security related expertise that is required in order to release a jailbreak for iOS based devices like the ATV is just not in our wheelhouse, and we’re simply left to encourage the capable few as best we can. No one is more anxious than us to get the ATV3 opened up to 3rd party apps, but due to the reasons mentioned above we’re not able to provide any kind of release timeline right now.”
This handful of “experts” includes a developer named Kevin Bradley, and known in the community as nitoTV. In September, Bradley assured followers that a jailbreak for the ATV3 was coming soon, but in a statement to Cult of Mac made earlier today, he went on record saying that there’s nothing even close to a jailbreak for this gadget.
It seems like there’s been little to celebrate in the jailbreak world for quite some time now. Has Apple finally bested the hackers and modders of the iOS universe, or will jailbreakers claim clever-coded victory yet? Sound off in the comments section below or let me know on twitter @TiP_Jake.
Via: Cult of Mac