Jailbreak for Apple TV 3 still very far off, new report suggests

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

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  • happy_soul2009

    @TodaysiPhone the problem with iOS jailbreak for ATv3 is the same flaw exist in the OS but they can’t deliver the payload the same way

  • tonbo0422

    As a sometime seller of the ATV2 with the Navi-X/XBMC as a hub, I would be very happy to see the ATV3 jailbroken. But the ATV2 already has issues which would definitely not go away with an ATV 3 jailbreak. Aside from an elevation to 1080p, which most people wouldn’t notice anyway, the problem is not with the ATV or its jailbreak but rather the content providers that are the mainstay, or rather the draw, behind a jailbroken Apple TV. Navi-X is struggling to provide enough coverage to deal with the daily massive onslaught it receives from millions (and ever growing) of users. Simply put, its servers just can’t handle the traffic, it won’t accept donations and this can’t afford to expand, its team is too small and too harried and that probably goes for every other media source that is the core of the Apple TV’s jailbroken soul. Without the jailbreak, the ATV is simply an easy way to reach iTunes and pay through the nose to watch movies and TV shows that aren’t worth cents.
    With the jaibreak, the ATV is a beautiful, but incredibly flawed jewel, a FrankenBox that’s cobbled together by a mishmash of hobbyists and übergeeks that rarely have the resources to do any one job right.
    As I keep pointing out to my skeptical customers, when you get the ATV equivalent of the Beach Ball of Death you have to remind yourself that it’s FREE, goddammit, and it’s removing the shackles of cable companies and network television channels — free free, and more than that, FREE. Considering going back to the other option, namely being a prisoner of commercial TV broadcasting, the 500 channels of Dreck, or having to fork out large amounts of dollars for DVD collections which just take up space and then gather dust.
    Don’t mistake this semi-rant for a complaint; that it most definitely is not. By providing my customers with a fully jailbroken Apple TV I feel an almost saintly aura of do-gooderness; I almost feel like it’s my deity-given duty to enlighten the great unwashed to the amazing alternative to corporate servitude that is the jailbroken Apple TV. Frankly, if I had the extra bucks, I’d give them out like candy.
    Jailbreaking the ATV3 should not be an overriding priority of the Pod2Gs of this world; rather, improving what’s available for the ATV2 should be the goal.