Hackers Ported iOS Apps To Apple TV – Video Shows ATV iOS Apps Now Running FullScreen
Have you ever thought to bring iOS applications onto your Apple TV set top box? Then, read this, a iPhone developer with the help of TheMudKip could be able to do that.
Yesterday, as you know that Apple’s portable device “Apple TV 2G” got an untethered jailbreak for 4.4.4 following the pod2g’s iOS 5.0.1 untether jailbreak exploit in the form of Seas0nPass. Today, one of the iPhone hackers ported iOS apps to Apple TV and showed in a video.
Apple TV is almost a forgotten device at this point. Apple themselves famously once called the iTunes streaming box a “hobby”.
Apple TV 2G was able to run Apple’s iOS operating system as well, but till now, there isn’t anyone ported iOS apps into that set top box. While the move to iOS has not yeilded the ability to install applications as we thought, with the help of the jailbreak community who took the little black box, with modding and tweaking becoming one of the main reasons to pick up the $99 device.
Developers Steve Troughton-Smith and “TheMudKip,” the video appears to show everyone’s favorite iOS apps from the world of the iPhone, running merrily on a big screen attached to an Apple TV. Its’ great to make this happen.
Troughton-Smith earlier today showed off many photos of his jailbroken Apple TV running iOS apps. Experience iOS apps on your big screen.
In order to bring iOS apps running on Apple TV, the pair had to rewrite the iOS SpringBoard with the help of App launcher. Which means, the jailbroken Apple TV also has a party trick up its sleeve, and that is the ability to run multiple apps side-by-side, on the same screen. That could open up all kinds of opportunities. Imagine, if you will, running a news app on one side of the screen and having live TV stream on the other.
A video being released which shows what has been the holy grail of Apple TV hacking – iOS appson the big screen.
9to5mac explains here:
Rewriting the springboard also allowed for another neat, new feature: Side-by-side apps. This concept was demonstrated as early as WWDC 2011 on an iPad, but is much more powerful and important on a device like an Apple TV. One can imagine opening several news applications to have a big view of what is going on in the world, or having different chat applications for different services simultaneously in use.
ATV 2G iOS Update: Right now Apple TV running iOS applications natively at 720p fullscreen resolution.