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Seas0nPass Released To Jailbreak Apple TV On iOS 5.0 Firmware

by Hamza Tariq - on Mar 31st 2012 - No Comments

It was a month ago that Apple released the new iOS 5.1 firmware version for its iOS devices including the iOS 5.0 for the Apple TV users with entire Web 2.0 like interface with shinny buttons. The new iOS 5.0 for Apple TV secures the console on many aspects and allows users to access latest services on their television. Apple has also released the Apple TV 3.0 with the same firmware version and new user interface to bring more colors to the users interface.  However, the iOS 5.0 for Apple TV appears to be the most secure iOS firmware version for the devices, as after a month hackers could be able to jailbreak it on their labs.

The team over FireCore has just announced the new jailbreak tool for the iOS 5.0 Apple TV jailbreak, means now you can jailbreak your second generation Apple TV on iOS 5.1 using the latest version of the Seas0nPass tool. The new Seas0nPass is a tool developed by FireCore to bring jailbreak on Apple TV, and at the moment it is working only as tethered jailbreak, as the developers have yet to discover any untethered jailbreak on iOS 5.1 for the devices.

For those who are not aware of Seas0nPass, and Apple TV Jailbreak, the seas0npass tool is similar to the Redsn0w jailbreak tool, which allows users to jailbreak iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on different firmware versions. So Seas0nPass is another jailbreak tool, but only covers the Apple TV jailbreak support. We have already reviewed the new Apple TV firmware, and if you have upgraded your device to the latest iOS firmware version then you can simply jailbreak it to add some more functions on it using the new Seas0nPass tool.

It is worth noting here that some plugins have not yet updated to support the iOS 5.1 firmware with the tethered jailbreak, so it is advised to have a look at the below list before hitting any plugin on your device.


  • Couch Surfer (works)
  • (works)
  • Maintenance (works)
  • Media Player (works)
  • NitoTV (works)
  • RSS Feeds (works)
  • Weather (works)
  • Overflow (not working)
  • Plex (not working)
  • Remote HD (not working)
  • Rowmote (not working)
  • XBMC (not working)

Note: Non-working items require an author update for 5.0 compatibility.

Once again, there is still no jailbreak for the latest Apple TV, and according to the reports, we might never get jailbreak for it. To jailbreak, your Apple TV on iOS 5.0, you actually need Seas0nPass tool with Mac, and aTV Flash (black) to install further plugins on to your Apple TV devices.

New Apple TV UI Design Was Rejected By Steve Jobs 5 Years Ago

by Hamza Tariq - on Mar 25th 2012 - No Comments

Apple had recently released the third-generation Apple TV on the iPad 3 announcement event in the start of this month. The new third-generation Apple TV comes with revised hardware updates, despite simple new support for the 1080p video playback on the larger screens and the new refreshed UI within the software. Then the new refreshed UI for the third-gen Apple TV also came for the older gen-Apple TV 2 as well with a single software update, but still no 1080p video playback support.

The new user-interface of the Apple TV 3.0 and Apple TV 2.0 comes as a major overhaul to the device interface, and being criticized by the couple of users after updating the UI interface with a new update of Apple TV. The new Apple TV UI looks like out-dated Web 2.0 running inside the console, and those shinny buttons look pretty bad on the screens. However, today it is revealed by the former Apple TV engineer, Michael Margolis that the original Apple TV 3.0 design was refused by Steve Jobs many years ago, but still the company UX designer tricked to kick out the design.


It appears that Apple engineers are now pretty open to take their own decisions within the company, and even achieved the rights to dismiss the Steve Jobs decisions. While some users have liked the new Apple TV UI design, but at the same time many users also heavily disliked the new UI update to Apple TV.


via (Macgasm)

New 1080p Apple TV (3rd-Gen) Reviewed With Details

by Hamza Tariq - on Mar 15th 2012 - No Comments

The upcoming third-generation Apple TV set-top box is all set to deliver into the customer’s hand on this Friday, right after the official launch of the device in the world. The Cupertino Company is ready to launch their new products in the wild, and while the world is waiting to get their hands on the device. It appears that some mainstream publishers in the community just got their hands on the device, similarly like the iPad 3 First Reviews. They have independently started publishing their reviews about the devices, just ahead of their launch.
3rd-gen Apple TV

If you are not aware of about the upcoming third-generation Apple TV, let me give you a recast of the whole Apple TV rumors into a single paragraph. The new device is appeared to be capable of playing 1080p video content on the larger screens, while supporting the older and same A5 dual core processor, as well as the device is not featuring anything under its hood, instead of the new software interface of the device, which is also seeded to the older generation Apple TV users right after the announcement of the new device. However, here are the words, from the mainstream folks who got their hands on the device:

The Verge:

This year’s Apple TV is a strange little device. Nearly everything it did before, it now does better — it streams 1080p content, is easier than ever to navigate, and remains one of the simplest devices to set up and use that we’ve seen. But when I reviewed the 2010 Apple TV, my biggest concerns were all about the content: the available content on a device like the Boxee Box or the Roku positively dwarfed the Apple TV. That’s still true, though the iTunes integration with Netflix is a solid sign that Apple’s thinking the right way.

The Loop:

The interface is very easy to navigate and use. Like an iOS device, you just navigate to the section you want and select it — it opens and you’re ready to go.

I also like the fact that, for Netflix’s at least, when you launch the section you can setup a new account and have it charged directly to your Apple ID. That’s very convenient. All of my bills and charges in one place.

At $99 the Apple TV is a no-brainer for any home entertainment system.


At $99, the third-generation Apple TV continues to be as excellent a value as the previous model—and now it supports higher-quality video too. That’s a good thing. For those with the previous generation, however, the decision to upgrade comes down to whether the difference in quality between two high-definition formats is important (and noticeable) enough to you.

New Apple TV Pre-Orders Begin Shipping To Customers

by Hamza Tariq - on Mar 15th 2012 - No Comments

While the sources over the retail sources are pinching the media on the exclusive arrival of the new third-generation Apple TV sets in the desk at the third party retail stores directly from the Foxconn on the request of Apple. The sources over the media have confirmed independently that the new-generation devices start landing on the inventories of the third-party retailers, including the third-generation iPad. A couple of hours ago, we have reported you about the exclusive shipment of the next-generation iPad at the Best Buy retail stores located in the United States, for the exclusive availability of the device on the launch day.

But now with a new twist in the report, some customers have started shouting on their social network accounts that they just got the confirmation email from the Apple over the shipment of the next-generation Apple TV, and as told by the FedEx folks their devices will be on the way to their doorsteps, as the device is appeared to be shipping a day before its official launch in the country by the Apple. While Apple has told customers that the new 1080p Apple TV will arrive on their doorsteps by Friday, on the launch day but now with a twist in the story the device is scheduled to be shipping a day before the official launch.


The new third-generation Apple TV is appeared to be a slightly upgrade from the older version as it carries the same dual-core processor from the Apple but now with new update from Apple, it is now started supporting the iTunes 1080p video content. Customers who have pre-ordered the new-generation Apple TV will get their device by Thursday or Friday, but to those who have missed the chance to pre-order the device have to visit their local Apple retail store to obtain the device from themselves.

Apple Releases Apple TV 5.0 Firmware With New Interface

by Hamza Tariq - on Mar 8th 2012 - No Comments

Following the today’s massive application updates and the newer device launches, Apple has also launched the new iOS 5.1 update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users, and in addition to the reports, they have also unveiled the new upcoming Apple TV and announced that it would carry the new streamlined user interface, an improved interface then the older device that allows users to easily navigate between the content and applications on the Apple TV. However, it appears that Apple has decided not to leave the old Apple TV users in the darkness, and rolled out a new update to them with the feature of new user interface for them.

apple tv 5.0 firmware
Apple has just pushed out the Apple TV 5.0 firmware update to the users, with the addition of new user interface, and the ability to sync with new iTunes over the air, and the iCloud functionality. However, on the other side, the new Apple TV is said to be bringing an option of playing 1080p HD video content on the television screens, but we believe that Apple will never be going to provide the same ability to the older generation devices, and therefore, we believe that this update only carries few bug fixes and the new interface for your set-top boxes.

The new Apple TV user interface brings the new icon-based interface to your screen, and other smooth enhancements on overall the device, and provides you an option to directly access the Netflix billing right from their iTunes Store accounts.

Apple Rolled Out “Genius” To Apple TV Users

by Hamza Tariq - on Feb 5th 2012 - No Comments

Apple has been working from a long time in the better development of its Apple TV product series, and introduced many new features in the set-top box for the users. Apple TV 2G impresses many tech giants with its grip on quite other works, like someone in the jailbreaking / hacking community turned it into a web server and serves quiet pages through it. However, these day’s Apple is strictly watching all the development and securing the platform.
Genius in AppleTV
In the most recent silent update from Apple, the Apple TV users just got a new section under the hood with the name of “Genius”, a section that is already available in iTunes from a longtime, and suggest users regarding the feature purchases by suggesting similar products to their old purchases. The new section is now available to vast majority of Apple TV users and now suggesting in discovering new video content on their consoles.

The new feature silently comes on your device, just like all the beta testing of the features goes online to the specific location based users. Apple has several times rolled out new features to Apple TV users on location basis but then quickly removes it, and points them under beta testing of new features. As we have reported about the “Genius”, you won’t have to download any new software update on your device or not to perform any new jailbreak on it. You can simply get it under the Apple TV menus, as it comes over the air from the Apple servers.  If your device does not show the new update, check and make sure you have an active internet connection on your device.