There was not really any doubt that the new Apple TV was indeed running on iOS. But in any case you did have your doubts, that should be put to rest now as we see that Apple has uploaded a new version of iOS 4.1 to their servers that references Apple TV. The software is […]
There was not really any doubt that the new Apple TV was indeed running on iOS. But in any case you did have your doubts, that should be put to rest now as we see that Apple has uploaded a new version of iOS 4.1 to their servers that references Apple TV. The software is identified as AppleTV2,1 and is noted to be of 4.1 version. You can download it from here but that does no good unless you will need to restore the OS.
More interesting since the discovery is the fact that this new iOS for Apple TV is jailbreakable with the recently discovered SHAtter exploit. If you are not of what SHAtter is, it is worth noting that this is a bootrom level exploit that can only be patched by releasing a new version of hardware. This means that the new Apple TV can be jailbroken for life with this exploit. MuscleNerd from the iPhone Dev Team writes,
“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! The main filesystem (“Mojave8M89.K66OS”) key for 018-8609-066.dmg is:
If you’re familiar with vfdecrypt, you can use that key to decrypt the image and mount it.”
On a day when many customers who had placed a pre-order for Apple TV noted that their credit cards have been charged indicating an imminent shipping of the Apple TV, there are also reports that the shipping may be delayed – at least those who had requested for a priority delivery may not be getting it.
Apple is learned to be sending out the following message to some Apple customers who had requested for upgraded shipping,
“Our records indicate that when you placed your order you paid for upgraded shipping. Due to a delay, we may have not been able to meet our delivery commitment”
The new Apple TV was unveiled on September 1 and Steve Jobs had indicated a four week period before the shipping commences. As such, we are already in the fourth week and so the fact that credit cards are being charged is no surprise. However, with customers indicating that their priority delivery requests are getting canceled, we wonder if there is a larger logistic issue at hand.
Remember the iTV rumors? Nobody seems to be talking about them. But less than a month back, there were strong speculations about Apple announcing an iOS-based Apple TV that shall be renamed the iTV. However, when Steve Jobs unveiled the new machine on September 1, it did not seem to be carrying any characteristics of the iOS platform.
But it looks like we’ve been misled. Developers scouring through the iOS 4.2 beta codes have been able to confirm that Apple TV is indeed iOS-based. Apple stores all the iOS devices that the system interacts with in a file named USBDeviceConfiguration.plist. Earlier, an entry referenced by iProd 2,1 was assumed to be referencing the next generation version of iPad. However, these developers have now confirmed that the reference is rather to Apple TV and the latest OS references the device as AppleTV2,1.
What this means is that Apple could be opening up the Apple TV platform for third party applications in the near future. Not just that, jailbreakers too could have a go at the OS to try and crack the restrictions so that Apple TV gets all the more customizable.
If you are some geek, you should be happy.
Apple announced the new Apple TV at the media event yesterday. The device is extremely small compared to the older model and at $99, also costs less than half of the older price. But is the new Apple TV actually better than the old one? We will see.
Full HD Streaming – The Old Apple TV made it possible for users to watch full HD 1080p movies and videos. Apple has reduced the video rendering capability on the new device to 720p that is likely to annoy quite a lot of long time users.
Storage & Power Consumption – The new Apple TV has done away with local storage and makes the whole process work over the cloud – Steve Jobs has made it sound like the future is here. Well, quite not. the Apple TV will now require you to keep your computer or Wi-Fi turned on the whole time you watch your movie on TV. That’s needless extra power. Quite a retrograde step. What’s the point if you do not have space to hold even a couple of movies?
The above point also holds true when you want to listen to music with Wi-Fi turned off.
USB Support – Cloud streaming may be one good way to watch movie, but is definitely not the only good way. The new Apple TV does not have support for USB storage. Of course, this needs some hacking to be done, but it was at least possible.
Rental Pricing – There were rumors about a TV subscription service that will pull $1 from your wallet every month for complete access to a TV series. That sounds reasonable. What is completely unreasonable is the $0.99 per TV show and $4.99 for a movie. That means, for the rental price of two movies on Apple TV, you can actually enjoy unlimited movies from Hulu Plus.
Are you particularly excited by Apple’s latest hobby? Why?
Apple has always maintained that its foray into TV is nothing but a “hobby” and their ambitions have always stayed on innovations in the mobile device front. But that could change in a couple of years, says Michael Patcher from Webush Morgan Securities in a note to investors.
According to him, the iPhone OS with its vast array of gaming applications may help Apple graduate to a level where the company’s relationship with third party gaming providers will be leveraged to provide a comprehensive gaming console system on Apple TV. He says
“I think Apple’s going to be a serious gaming company, the difference between Apple and Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft is, Apple is not known for internal software development. So I don’t think you’re going to get an Apple Games Group like you have Microsoft Games Studios making games you’re certainly never going to approach the quality of games you get out of Nintendo. So Apple’s going to be solely dependent on third parties to support their console in the future.”
Sounds very plausible. What do you think? Do you see it coming?
[via Distorted Loop
A recent job posting on Apple’s website reads
“The Core Platform team within Apple’s Core OS organization is looking for a talented and inspired manager to lead a team focused on bring-up of iPhone OS on new platforms. The team is responsible for low level platform architecture, firmware, core drivers and bring-up of new hardware platforms. The team consists of talented engineers with experience in hardware, firmware, IOKit drivers, security and platform architecture.”
This announcement is exciting and intriguing at the same time. We are not exactly sure what “platform” Apple is referring to here. As TiPb notes, this might be referring to Apple TV; a device that debuted alongside the iPhone but has failed to take off. It is possible that Apple is looking at an integration of platform among the iPhone, Apple TV and other devices including iPod and iPad in order to create Apple households.
This might also be referring to other new devices in the making, though it is unlikely considering that Apple is just out with the iPad.
What do you think Apple is implying here? Tell us your thoughts.
[Apple Job Board