Pangu to release the first jailbreak for the new Apple TV next week

By , Mar 11, 2016

Apple TV pwned

Hot on the heels of their surprising iOS 9.1 jailbreak announcement Friday morning, the Pangu Team has now announced on Twitter that they will be releasing a jailbreak for Apple TV 4 running tvOS 9.0 or 9.0.1 next week.

Although the team notes that this jailbreak will only provide SSH access (no UI) and be geared towards security researchers and jailbreak developers, this is still an incredible piece of news.

It seems that right off the bat, jailbreak users won’t be able to do much with a jailbroken Apple TV 4, but that may be about to change if  developers look into the possibilities and spend time building tweaks, mods, and more.

Although side loading apps on Apple TV is currently the best alternative to get applications on the device that Apple wouldn’t otherwise allow in the App Store (such as Kodi), jailbreaking could take this a step further by allowing users to skin the user interface of tvOS for example, or even add features that Apple hasn’t implemented yet (I’m thinking Picture in Picture mode here).

For the record, the last time we saw a jailbreak for Apple TV was almost 4 years ago, in May of 2012.

The limitation of this Apple TV jailbreak

As noted by the Pangu team, this jailbreak will only work on Apple TV running tvOS 9.0 or 9.0.1. The current firmware version of tvOS is 9.1.1, and because the device is by default set to automatically download and update to the latest software when available, it seems a lot of people (yours truly included) might be out of luck here.

Now if you have turned off automatic software installs from your Apple TV, you might still be in luck. To verify your potential eligibility, simply head over to your Apple TV general settings and check the current version of your firmware. If you see 9.0 or 9.0.1, then congratulations. If you see 9.1 or 9.1.1, then you’ll have to sit that one out.

And for those wondering, tvOS is similar to iOS in the way that it doesn’t allow you to downgrade to a specific software version, unless that version is still being signed by Apple.

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Regardless of the possibilities, this is great news for jailbreak enthusiasts and tinkerers alike. Now that it seems things are about to open up for Apple TV, what kind of tweaks would you like to see on the small set top box?

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  • JRDN

    This is excellent news for the JB community. Apple TV JB hasn’t been done in a long time, and if I’m being perfectly honest, the Apple TV 2 JB was not something worthwhile.

    I was also hoping for a Apple TB 3 JB to be released before this – I didn’t really have plans to buy the Apple TV 4 but with this JB coming out for it, it might entice me. Maybe..

  • Not just another Friday!

    • Justin de Vreugd

      Yeah man can’t wait for more good news in the jailbreak world

  • lemonhead

    – AnyController (ps4 controller etc)
    – multiple bluetooth headset connections
    – 3D UI for supported TVs would be funky
    – Flex to spoof location etc
    – enable siri in any language
    – picture in picture mode
    – over the air apps deployment (would make sideloading so much less painful)

    well that’s about all i can come up with, from the top of my head

    • Merman123

      NIGHT MODE!

    • Blip dude

      Let me know when this and Nightmode happens. Until now, nothing to be excited about for the user. Though for all the developers, have a great time playing around with the ATV!!!

  • Blip dude

    “Although the team notes that this jailbreak will only provide SSH access (no UI) and be geared towards security researchers and jailbreak developers, this is still an incredible piece of news.”

    You just explained why this nothing to be excited about at the moment. However. . .

    “It seems that right off the bat, jailbreak users won’t be able to do much with a jailbroken Apple TV 4, but that may be about to change if developers look into the possibilities and spend time building tweaks, mods, and more.”

    The future appears to be something more excited for. Now, I’m just gonna get the popcorn and watch all these idiots complain about how the Jailbreak isn’t working for them or how useless it is because they can’t do anything with it for the moment.

  • n0ahcruz3

    You’re shitting me? I might have to buy an Apple Tv then lol my first apple tv

    • Rowan09

      The Apple TV is definitely worth it since you can sideload apps and the App Store is also very good, along with the remote. It’s also the only steaming box out of the popular ones that actually have hard drive space.

  • Just skip the third gen will ya..

  • Hotrod

    Great news but sideloading is very easy and meets all of my needs, Great news nevertheless

    • Arjan Vlek

      Can you sideload using WiFi or Ethernet?

    • Gary le

      Sideloaded kodi 17.0 alpha from idb steps but cant addon anything with “addon installer” why?

  • Hotrod

    Let the dissecting begin! my wish, iFile… my all time fave

  • Gary le

    Damn i have 9.1.1 so i cant downgrade?? Just sit it out??:(

    • Blip dude

      If you’re a developer you don’t need this Jailbreak. This Jailbreak is more for developers who can play with tvOS and then begin to test any possible future tweaks. Just wait it out!! Also, if there are features in tvOS 9.2 that you may actually use (like Bluetooth keyboard) then update to 9.2 when it comes out in a few weeks.

  • Innes

    The ATV4 is capable of running 4K content but hasn’t been enabled/coded. Would that be something a jailbreak developer could do?