As if there was ever any doubt that clever people do clever things, Steve Troughton-Smith and fellow coder TheMudKip have taken things one step further than making iOS apps run on an Apple TV.

Because simply making the apps run on the Apple TV wasn’t awesome enough, the pair has now found a way to make iOS applications run at the full 720p resolution of the Apple TV. The original news was that the Apple TV was being forced to run iOS apps in windows, which was great in itself. Making apps run fullscreen is the next logical step, and it seems that it has already been taken.

The images shared by 9to5Mac show iPad apps running at 720p, which makes a great deal of sense considering the iPad’s own resolution of 1024×768…

We were excited to hear about iOS apps running side-by-side on an Apple TV when we learned the news, simply because of the possibilities it created. Imagine running a news app alongside a streaming video app, or maybe Twitter. Now, being able to run apps fullscreen takes things to a new level, especially if multitasking is enabled the same way it works on an iPhone or an iPad.

Those of us who remember the iPhone before the App Store will remember that it was the jailbreak community and its love of third-party apps which got Apple into the whole app thing in the first place. Could this latest Apple TV development push Apple to do a similar thing with its set-top box?

We’ll be keeping an eye on developments with Steve’s Apple TV tinkerings, and we’ll bring news to you here as soon as we get it.

Interesting times ahead in the world of the jailbroken Apple TV!

  • Kok Hean

    720p – my new year resolution :p

  • Anonymous

    Well, I have a question then: if they can get apps to run in basically iPad resolution does this mean “the fragmentation” excuse for not having a larger iPhone screen is null? Because to me it seems that something like this would allow developers to tweak their apps and the app could recognize whether it needed to display itself as 3.5″ or 4″? Full disclosure, I have no idea what the fuck I’m talking about.

    • I’m assuming that the application includes all the graphics it needs (retina or not), because the jailbreak app for iPads, RetinaPad, lets you use retina display graphics for iPhone Apps, instead of the 2x scaling. I don’t know why Apple hasn’t implemented this, it would be so much better.

  • Becky Rich

    I use PlayerXtreme for casting my screens to watch movies and video on the big screen through its chrome cast and Airplay features. It also provides 1080p backup along with Dolby Digital and True HD support. It also enhances the audio 3times without compromising the quality. Give it a shot!