tvOS 10.1 jailbreak could be a possibility, suggests nitoTV

By , Jan 28, 2017

In a series of tweets published on Friday, Kevin Bradley, also known as nitoTV, mentioned that although nothing is certain quite yet, there are chances that a jailbreak for tvOS 10.1 could be released in the near future. To prepare for the eventuality, nitoTV suggests to either restore or downgrade to tvOS 10.1.

Very little is known so far about that possible tvOS 10.1 jailbreak, but Bradley told iDB that the yalu102 jailbreak from Luca Todesco should be adaptable to tvOS. 

Apple released tvOS 10.1.1 last week, and depending on your configuration, your Apple TV may have already been automatically updated to that version. Thankfully, and because tvOS 10.1 is still being signed by Apple, it is still possible to downgrade to that version. Likewise, if your Apple TV is running an older version of tvOS, it is also possible to update to tvOS 10.1. In order to restore to tvOS 10.1, you will first have to download that firmware and install it following a simple set of instructions.

Despite a jailbreak being released last year by the Pangu Team, the Apple TV has largely been ignored when it comes to jailbreaking. And understandably so. The market for it is much smaller than the iOS one, which means jailbreak hackers prefer to concentrate their efforts on the bigger piece of the pie. As nitoTV rightfully notes, if it wasn’t for his devotion to Apple TV, we users would probably be left with nothing at all.

Again, while nothing is set in stone, it is definitely encouraging to see that something is happening at all.

Those interested in learning more about Kevin Bradley and the history of Apple TV jailbreaking in general should listen to these Let’s Talk Jailbreak episodes recorded with him:

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  • Merman123

    What would jailbreaking an Apple TV bring to it ?

    • Y2J: Keeper of the List

      I assume apps like Kodi at the very least.

      • Abe Masri

        You can already get Kodi on tvOS with no jailbreak.
        Reference: idownloadblog . com/2015/12/24/how-install-kodi-new-apple-tv-4/

      • Boas

        For 7 short days if you don’t have a developers account…. Not really structural solution

      • Merman123

        Or for a year with all the paid services out there.

      • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

        until Apple revokes their certificates…

      • Via ipwnstore (and similar) you get kodi and Moviebox and plenty more for 12 months.

      • I was actually thinking of paying 12 bucks for a year to get Kodi on the Apple TV but my dad didn’t like the idea of it and think it’s illegal after explaining what it does.

      • ravinigga

        Kodi is already possible like last year trough Xcode

      • Blip dude

        Yeah, but you must sign it and reinstall again every 7 days. Via Xcode makes not worth having Kodi, or any sideloading for that matter.

      • ravinigga

        True, but for me is not a big deal just connect to the MacBook and less then 2 min already done.

    • Rowan09

      Basically opens it up for downloading Kodi, etc just like IOS. They have their own App Store made by Nito TV which is basically the Cydia version for Apple TV.

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      Same question as someone asked “What would jailbreaking an iPhone do?” to answer that, gain root access. With this privilege, anyone can customize, install, add virtually anything that’s not approved by Apple to their Apple TV.

      • Merman123

        Lol. It’s not at all the same thing. The premise is the same but the platform just isn’t there.

      • Alex Noyle

        It wasn’t there for the first iPhone either – the community built it.

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    Thanks Sebastian for publishing this, thought everyone needs to know!

  • burge

    Now this is the best news. I stopped jailbreaking my iPhones 2 years ago but I still use my jailbroken ATV 2 and this is so needed on my ATV 4.

  • thazsar

    Already got a Dev Acct, cancelled my cable and sideloaded Kodi w/ Exodus. That’s all I need and it’s worth the $100 a year! Saves me $150/month for low-tier cable service.

  • Blip dude

    “the Apple TV has largely been ignored when it comes to jailbreaking. And understandably so. The market for it is much smaller than the iOS one, which means jailbreak hackers prefer to concentrate their efforts on the bigger piece of the pie.”

    Precisely why I just simply ignore ATV jailbreaks. Unlike smartphones, I am actually more satisfied with what the Apple TV. Do I feel the Apple TV could use more features?? Of course, but I realized I don’t need an emulator, Kodi nor a web browser on it (though PiP would be nice).

    Hell, all those features (except PiP) can be sideloaded, but the fact that the apps stop working after every update, I just simply ignored them.

    So I ask again, besides Kodi and porn, what else can I get out of a Jailbroken Apple TV??

    • Alex Noyle

      Simply put: freedom. Once a Jailbreak is out, developers can actually start to build stuff for it. Completely new things that you may never have thought of.

      • Blip dude

        But the problem is, a jailbreak has been out, and so far, I’ve have yet to be affected by any WOW factor in terms of an Apple TV jailbreak. There has literally been nothing out in terms of an Apple TV jailbreak.

        It seems so far everyone just has a Generic answer. I know there is a lot of potential that the Apple TV can offer in terms of a Jailbreak, but considering that tvOS 9 was Jailbroken and no one has really done anything great regarding the device, why is there CURRENTLY a reason to Jailbreak an Apple TV 4?? Again, I think Kodi sucks IMO so that is definitely no reason for me to do so.

      • Alex Noyle

        The previous Jailbreak for the Apple TV 4 was on a firmware that was unsigned and unaccessable to the vast majority of users. That’s a completely different situation than the one that has the potential to exist today.

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      If you have to ask this question then jailbreaking is not for you.

      • Blip dude

        You did not answer the question. And why would assume Jailbreaking isn’t for me?? You’re conclusion to that was based on just a question?? You’re telling this to the guy who Jailbreaks his iPhone and iPad for the freedom of doing what I want?? To customize my device the way it will benefit me (Dark Mode being one of them).

        But what freedom does Jailbreaking offer on the Apple TV?? Kodi sucks IMO so for me that’s absolutely no reason to do so. So I ask again, besides the obvious, what’s so beneficial CURRENTLY in terms of Jailbreaking an Apple TV.

      • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

        First off “You’re conclusion to that was based on just a question??” it’s “your”. And yes, you can do what you want through a jailbroken iOS device. I have a jailbroken Apple TV 4, I’m able to customize it, install and apps that Apple has never approved, use my ATV 4 as a storage device, execute variable commands, etc. Before jailbreaking it you could, what?.. Sideload Kodi? download a movie? listen to some music? maybe even browse through your photos? sure it’s all fine but it gets boring. With a jailbreak, anyone can do anything to their hearts content, especially developers.

  • nonchalont

    Great news!

  • maarc

    Hi dudes,
    Mine is still boxed … I’ve got the first firmware on apple TV4 (the jailbreakable one) … but I’m wondering, does it worth going to 10.1 ?
    I mean there is no benefits keeping it in 9.0 firmware even jailbreaked right ?

    • burge

      If your not using it now it would be best to put it on 10.1 as soon as possible.

  • SohrabR

    Great news!

  • Chris Ryan

    Would this potential jailbreak work for atv3 as well, or only atv4?

    • burge

      ATV 4 only. As it could possibly use the Yalu jailbreak which will not work on the ATV3

  • Robert Mcdonald

    Apple has stopped signing 10.1