A lot of you have pointed fingers in disbelief calling our project a scam and accused us of doing all this for the money. I’ll say it one more time and that’s it: this is not a scam, we are all in for the challenge of jailbreaking one of Apple’s toughest devices and we all want to deliver a jailbreak that will work for all of us. We’ve been having the busiest time of our lives and it’s been quite difficult to find time to stay connected and keep you updated daily on our project status.
Jailbreaking iOS and A5 devices is difficult, but not impossible, and like evad3rs proved before us, it takes effort and time to release a jailbreak.
iOS 6 on iPhone 5 took them several weeks, but that’s a device that offers a lot more opportunities for exploits than Apple TV 3. The ATV on the other hand offers a very small space of action because there are less services and process running on the $99 device.
That means it is consistently harder for us to achieve full root access because the doorways to do that through are limited in number and better sealed by Apple than other devices. Remember, that it’s not impossible, it’s just a matter of time before we lock in that exploit so stay positive. We get most of our motivation from you, so claims that the jailbreak is never going to be released, accusations that this is a scam and so on can only hurt the project.
Secondly, the Apple TV 3 jailbreak takes so long because we are understaffed, so there are only a few developers working on this. This is particularly the case because most of the hackers familiar with iOS exploits and jailbreaking are focusing on iPhone, iPad and the iPod.
Because ATV exploits are limited and difficult to lock down, only those that love a good challenge are working on the jailbreak. Hopefully, the $2500 bounty will motivate some of you to get involved.
So, in a few words jailbreaking Apple TV3 takes so long because:
- We are only a few people working on this jailbreak
- The number of processes and services that can be exploited is limited
- ATV3 features no natively installed browser, being limited to on screen system access to iTunes and YouTube
- All of this means we can’t fully open ATV3 to third party apps...YET!
We are currently testing several exploits, and although we are very close to a partial tethered jailbreak, it’s going to take us a little bit more before we publicly release a bullet-proof fix. So while we keep up the work, keep your fingers crossed and stay positive.