Friday, August 30, 2013

Apple TV 3 Jailbreak Status Update: Yet another Call to Action, the $2500 Bounty Is Still a Go

For the past few months we’ve been all working really hard on finding the most secure exploit to inject the jailbreak for Apple TV 3. I wish I was giving you good news about the ATV 3 jailbreak project status, but despite not announcing a set date for the jailbreak’s public release, we are so much closer from where we were almost two months ago, the time when the $2500 bounty set off.

It’s been such a challenging time for the entire Apple TV 3 Jailbreak team and whenever we were too tired to try another hack, all you guys were here to cheer us up and give us the drive needed to give it another try. So once again, thank you for all the support, for all the donations, for all the help with files and ideas for exploits. It’s stuff like “keep the hacking efforts going guys”, “ONLY YOU CAN DO IT” and “IS IT DONE?” that keeps everyone focused. Our favorite by far is when all you guys offer to help us whenever we are stuck.

Help is much appreciated and intensely needed, reason why the $2500 Apple TV 3 jailbreak bounty is still on. If you ever have dwelt in puzzling hacking, have a love for fully optimized devices and you are basically a magnet for mind-boggling challenges, we are keen to welcome you on our team of devs. Or just send us your solution for the ATV 3 jailbreak and if it tests successfully you will become the lucky owner of $2500, not to mention Future Donations Credits and the appreciation of millions of ATV fans worldwide.

There’s been a lot going on with the Apple TV 3 jailbreak development. The recent release of the Plex Connect for ATV 3 and ATV 2 without requiring a jailbreak being injected into the root system, has opened new ways at looking at the jailbreak. We’ve been pondering a way to bypass Apple security using its very own software vulnerabilities, just like the Trailer app is being hijacked by Plex. We’re working with different coding languages and tools from Python and XML to XBMC and Airparrot, and the vulnerabilities are nothing but daunting, mind boggling and varied. I’d say with a few more people on board, we’d be able to do twice the work we’ve been doing for the past 5 months in half that time. \ 

A lot of you have argued that Plex Connect isn’t that much of a brilliant hack, but it is actually quite of a milestone in jailbreaking ATVs. Being able to use Plex on Apple TV without being required for a jailbreak was the best news many ATV users have received related to their content experience lately and was an eye-opener for the jailbreak community. It shows Apple’s latest OS is vulnerable and it gives us hope and inspiration to look even further for exploits. So, until we get back to you with the news about the jailbreak release, why shouldn’t you try to enjoy your Apple TV 3 to the fullest?

There’ still a lot of stuff to do with your Apple TV (3,2 or 1st generation) as the How To section of the website shows. Even if you’re not a Plex fan or having a hard time imagining an unjailbroken Apple TV as being more than a “useless brick”, try to implement the device to the optimum using all of its features. And it’s not like it can’t mirror all kinds of content. Try AirPlay Mirroring if you haven’t for a while. I’m sure you’ll remember how fun it was the first time you set it up! And if you haven’t ever used AirPlay Mirroring, we have a full guide and tutorial on how to do that.

That being said, keep up the positive thinking. We all need it and don't forget about the $2500 bounty for a successful Apple TV 3 jailbreak. We are serious about this. So if you know someone that's great at hacking into iOS and could use a fat paycheck, spread the message.


  1. Thanks for the update and keep up the great work!

  2. Awesome, great work guys, keep it up....still praying for the jailbreak.

  3. Doing a great job guys!! keep it up!!
    I check your site daily and see alot of progress :)
    Can't wait for it!!

  4. Can we have an update on where you are with the ATV3 jailbreak?