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Apple TV hack now running iPad-sized apps

updated 11:50 pm EST, Sat December 31, 2011

Apple TV iOS trick now using multiple app windows

The Apple TV iOS app hack has been improved in the last hours of 2011 after updates by Steve Troughton-Smith and Canadian developer TheMudkip. Along with help of a launcher from Grant Paul, the team has managed to get full-sized iPad apps running on the TV. Apps can run windowed or at full screen, and proofs of concept have been used with Angry Birds, Cydia, Facebook, Safari, and YouTube.

The combination of a jailbreak-based launcher and the new platform still leaves significant bugs. Apart from the lack of touch, it also doesn't support auto-rotation and might not work properly at this early stage. It does, however, have VNC to allow remote screenshots and similar control.

Troughton-Smith has hoped that the hacking might convince Apple that it could institute its own app platform on the Apple TV. He saw unofficial apps on the iPhone in 2007 eventually leading to the App Store in 2008, although that's more commonly attributed to having extra time and competitive pressure rather than hacks.

by MacNN Staff



  1. SergioRS

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Best Apple Bang for the Buck

    A jailbroken AppleTV2 (especially one purchased previously owned) is Apple's best value - jail breaking opens the device up to XBMC with plugins for Hulu, AmazonPrime, and thousands of other plugins, and local streaming in the form of Plex, and Media (part of the FireCore ATVblack package) It is a total no brainer for $50.

  1. makemineamac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm not too sure....

    I've used all the afore-mentioned plug-ins, I've tested XBMC for a few years now actually, and I still don't find it contributes meanining-fully to the Apple TV experience. It holds lots of promise for certain, but it's still not there yet for a guy like me...

  1. NickDG

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Still Prefer Plex + Mac Mini Combo

    The Apple TV (2) is a great value no doubt, but I still prefer using a Mac Mini along with Plex for media. Having a full OS X capable computer hooked up to the TV is the best. Plus, using the AirServer app I can still use AirPlay, and Apps like Mobile Mouse for the iPad turn the iPad into a great keyboard/trackpad combo for controlling the Mac Mini. Yes it costs more than the Apple TV but it's worth it. Trust me.

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