Apple Tv 3 Jailbreak Progress and Bounty Released

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What’s New at Apple TV 3

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Some of the newest and greatest features that have been added to Apple Tv 3

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Monday, June 17, 2013

How to Jailbreak Apple TV 1st Generation Using a Mac and the ATV USB Creator

If you’re still sitting on an Apple TV 1st generation that has yet to enjoy the benefits of a jailbreak, maybe it is high time you take it for a spin. And then you could update to an Apple TV 2 or even better 3rd generation. So before purchasing a new device, maybe you should see what that Christmas gift you received a longtime ago can actually do.
For the jailbreak of Apple TV 1st generation you will need to create an SSH install patchstick, run the ATV USB Creator software and an USB Stick formatted to a single Mac OS Extended (Journaled) partition with a GUID Partition Table.
Apple TV USB Creator
Step 1: Download the ATV USB Creator software to your Mac’s desktop. The file is available for download from here: Extract the archive and make sure there are no spaces in the folder name. It should be displayed as atvusb-creator1.0.b10.

Step 2: Connect the USB Stick to your Mac and launch the atvusb-creator app in the extracted folder on your desktop.

Step 3: The wizard will ask you to download the app from the Internet. Click Open to launch the installation process.

Step 4: In the first display window select “ATV-Patchstick” under the Choose an Installation dropdown menu. In the right part of the window, under the Installation Options, select “ssh tools” from the dropdown menu.

Step 5: Check to make sure the wizard has selected the right USB stick. Press Create Using and check for the USB.

Step 6: Now the wizard will begin the download process of the AppleTV Update DMG. Wait patiently until the jailbreak program informs the patchstick was installed successfully.

Step 7: The USB Stick you were using during the jailbreak installation has been renamed and is now called PATCHSTICK. You will also notice the USB now contains the jailbreak files. Now Eject the stick and connect it to your Apple TV 1st generation.

Step 8: You will have to reboot the device, holding down the Menu and – buttons on your remote. Wait patiently for the Patchstick on your USB to complete the SSH installation on your device. When that’s done with, remove the USB stick, then unplug and plug your Apple TV to reboot.

Step 9: Enjoy.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

How to Install a Bluetooth Keyboard to Use with Your Apple TV

If you’re spending a lot of your time watching content and web browsing using your Apple TV, chances are you are going to need a keyboard, rather than using the remote. So we’ve decided to publish today a how-to article on how to install a Bluetooth keyboard to use with your Apple TV.
Remember though there isn’t native Bluetooth support on Apple TV 1, although there are ways around that, so this tutorial works with ATV 2 or 3, running 5.2 or newer. Also keep in mind that the original Apple wireless keyboard doesn’t work.
Bluetooth Keyboard Apple Tv
Step 1 – The first thing to do is pair up your devices. All you have to do is go to the Apple TV menu Settings > General > Bluetooth, turn on the keyboard and put it in the pairing mode. Wait for your Apple TV to search for compatible devices.

Step 2 – When the keyboard is identified by your Apple TV, use the remote to click it. You will now be asked to actually pair up your devices by entering a pairing code on your keyboard. Type the numbers the Apple TV displays.

Step 3 – Start enjoying a whole new side of Apple TV. Start emailing, blogging and whatever else from the comfort of your sofa.

Step 4 – If you want to disconnect your Bluetooth keyboard from your Apple TV, all you have to do is go to Settings > General > Bluetooth. Select the keyboard and then click “Forget this device”.

A few tips to remember. On the Bluetooth keyboard Enter stands for Select on your Remote, Esc equals the Back button, whereas you can use the up, down, right and left arrows for navigation. Media controls allow for easier music and video playback. You can also jump to items or names on the screen by typing the first few letters of the content you are looking for.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

How to Install Plex on Apple TV2 and Apple TV3, the Mac Tutorial - No Jailbreak Required

Earlier this month, Baa, roidy and f00b4r released the first compatible Plex version for non-jailbroken Apple TV 2s and 3s.

Available under the name PlexConnect, this smart tool allows you to run plex without performing a jailbreak on your device, feature that is really useful seeing as the jailbreak for ATV 3 is still in the works, whereas the jailbreak for Apple TV 2 is tethered.

Thanks to PlexConnect wiki and our very own curious devs, we’re ready today to present you with the Mac tutorial on how to install Plex on Apple TV2 and Apple TV3.(No Jailbreak Required)
Find out What is Plex

Step 1: First make sure your PlexConnect device and Mac have the same IP address. To do that you will have to set a DHCP reservation or static IP for ATV. So, on your Apple TV navigate to Ethernet (available in the Settings – General – Network Menu). Write down your current DNS server, then click configure DNS.

Step 2: In the DNS configure screen, select Manual. Change the IP address of your ATV to the one run by your Mac. Click “Done” when both your ATV and Mac have the same IP. You might be asked to configure the IP address of your router and the subnet mask if your ATV is running an earlier iOS version than 5.2. Just ignore the request.

Step 3: You are now back in the network configuration screen. Check once again for the settings: Manual for the DNS server and make sure there is the same IP address for your ATV and Mac.
Configure Dns Plex Install

Step 4: Download PlexConnect from here. Unzip the downloaded file.

Step 5: Use TextEdit to open the file and edit the line “retun ‘’ # google public DNS”. Replace that with “ and your DNS server” (the one you wrote down before). This step is optional. You can use your ISP’s DNS server if the gateway matches your DNS server already. Save the changes.

Step 6: In a terminal window you will have to change the directory address to that of the PlexConnect folder. There are 2 ways to do that. First is by typing cd, pressing the space bar once, dragging the PlexConnect folder to the terminal window and hitting return. The second one is easier, you just need to enable the feature “new terminal at folder” available in the right click command menu.

Step 7: Now type “sudo ./” (without the quote signs). Hit return.

Step 8: You will now be asked to enter your Mac password. Do that and hit return again. Now, wait to see output in the terminal window, sign that PlexConnect is starting.

Step 9: On your Apple TV, launch the Trailer app. This should initiate the PlexConnect interface.

Step 10: Enjoy

How to Update aTV Flash to 2.2 for Apple TV 2nd Generation

For a few weeks now, aTV Flash for Apple TV 2nd generation running iOS 4.4 or later (including 5.2, aka iOS 6.1) has become available, giving beginner jailbreakers a great tool. The new software release features great new features and fixes, although the bulk was released with aTV Flash for Apple TV 2 running iOS 5.0.

The most popular feature of the aTV Flash 2.2 is being able to use Bluetooth keyboards and make it all the more hassle free to navigate the device’s menu, use the content search or Google Search features and obviously web browsing.

aTV Flash

Updating your aTV Flash isn’t difficult at all. There are just a few steps you need to perform to enjoy the perks of the improved aTV Flash (black).

Step 1: Before performing the update to aTV Flash 2.2, please make sure you backup your settings and data. You do that by accessing the Maintenance and Manage Backups menu.

Step 2: Use Seas0nPass to update your Apple TV to the 5.2 iOS version. If you don’t know how to do that, you can use this tutorial for Apple Tv 2 Jailbreak.

Step 3: Purchase, download and install the 2.2 version of aTV Flash (black). You might have access to the update for free, check out your license agreement and purchase notes.

Step 4: Once installed, look for the Maintenance menu on the home screen and enter the Manage Extras menu. In this menu, select Manage Backups to simply restore previously saved settings.

For the moment, the aTV Flash update is available only for the second generation Apple TV, since the jailbreak for Apple TV 3 is currently in the works. FireCore has noted though that “as soon as the 3rd gen update is available, existing aTV Flash (black) users will be able to upgrade to the new version at no addition cost”.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

How to Install aTV Flash (Black) on Apple TV 2, iOS 5.0

We’ve been writing mostly about aTV Flash lately, giving the interested user everything needed to decide whether the $30 is worth the bother or not. Installing aTV Flash is definitely more appealing than taking the time to download and install each feature, add-on, widget and TV channel individually, particularly if you’re not all that keen on doing your own research and setup. 

aTV Flash gives you access to numerous resources you’d otherwise invest some of your precious time into researching, downloading and installing. It does so for a $30 price tag and if that’s not a problem for your budget, then go ahead and download aTV Flash.

Remember it is compatible only with Apple TV 1st and 2nd generation, provided they were jailbroken. The installation process for aTV Flash is just as hassle-free as the overall experience. So, as promised in a previous post, here’s how to install aTV Flash (black) on an Apple TV 2 that runs iOS 5.0:

Step 1 – Perform the jailbreak of your Apple TV. If you’ve already checked this, just ignore it and go directly to step 2.

Step 2 – Purchase your aTV Flash. Download the file. 

Step 3 – Double click to install aTV Flash (black). You will be prompted with the following message that announces the wizard will run a program to see if the software is compatible and can be installed. Click Continue.

Step 4 – You are now in the main Home Screen of the aTV Flash installer. Click Continue and then Agree to continue the installation and confirm you agree with the terms of the software license agreement.

Step 5 – In the left panel, the wizard keeps track of your progress. You are now at Installation Type where you have to click Install to start the process. 

Step 6 – Click Continue after making sure the software has detected your Apple TV to have the wizard begin the file transfer.

Step 7 – Be patient.

Step 8 – Once prompted with this message: “The installation was successful. The software was installed” click Close. 

Step 9 - Your Apple TV will now reboot. Wait patiently. When you see the screen icons again, look for the Maintenance icon, a sign that aTV Flash was successfully installed on your Apple TV. 

Step 10 – Click Maintenance and Manage Extras, where you will see all of the available apps, add-ons, widgets and codecs aTV Flash can install for you.

How to Install XBMC Frodo 12.0 on Apple TV 2 with Jailbreak for iOS 5.02 or Later

One of the first articles in our How-To section explained what XBMC is. This time we are giving you the instructions on how to install XBMC Frodo 12.0 on Apple TV2 running iOS 5.02 or later.

The Media Center allows you to get new skins, widgets and new TV channels on your Apple TV 2, provided you have performed a jailbreak on your device. The following tutorial teaches you how to install XBMC Frodo 12.0 on Apple TV 2 for iOS 5.02 or later.

Frodo 12.0

Step 1

Perform the jailbreak.

Step 2

Use Terminal App on Mac or PuTTY app on Windows to begin the installation process. Launch whichever works for your PC and make sure your ATV and computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 3

Launch the SSH client and connect it to your Apple TV. In the device’s main menu, find General/Network and use this command ssh root@[Apple Tv’s IP address]. It’s possible you will be displayed with an Authentication Error message. Copy and paste this command: rm~/.ssh/known_hosts into the Terminal window.

Step 4

Type “Yes” when the Security Prompts is displayed. Press Enter. When being requested a Password, just type “alpine” and press Enter again.

Step 5

Into the Terminal App, copy and paste these commands, pressing Enter after each. So, each should have a line of their own. Wait for each command to finish.
1)      apt-get install wget
2)      wget -O- | apt-key add -
3)      echo “deb stable main” > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/awkwardtv.list
4)      echo “deb ./” > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/xbmc.list
5)      apt-get update
6)      mkdir -p /Applications/
7)      apt-get install org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2
8)      mkdir -p /Applications/XBMC.frappliance
9)      reboot

Step 6

Wait for the Apple TV menu to reload and then just launch XBMC.

Step 7

The last settings are to make sure the XBMC Frodo 12.0 is fitted for your TV’s resolution. Go into Settings, select Appearance, the Skin. Set Zoom to -4%.

How to Install XMBC on Apple TV 2 Using nitoTV Installer

The most surprising part of jailbreaking an Apple TV 2 is that the jailbreak process and the overall usage after the procedure are incredibly easy. And that’s thanks to the jailbreak Seas0npass that has made things so hassle-free. But using a jailbreaked Apple TV 2 is significantly more fun thanks to tools such as the nitoTV Installer and the XBMC media center.

Installing XBMC on Apple TV 2 using Kevin Bradley’s installer for nitoTV is as close as it gets to being a hassle-free hack. Plus, the installer runs directly on iPhone or iPad, it’s free and makes it a lot more convenient to change settings such as the SSH password, relaunch and reboot your device, download upgrades and transfer or remove addons.
nitoTv installer

Step 1 – The jailbreak of Apple TV 2.

Step 2 – On your computer’s desktop create a new folder and name it Pwnage. You will next download the nitoTV Installer available at this link. Extract the archive, then launch the .exe file.

Step – 3 – In the first window displayed by nitoTV Installer, you will have to select the Apple TV version you have. Select from the drop-down menu Apple TV (2). Now wait for the device’s IP address to be displayed at the left bottom corner of the window.

Step – 4 – You have two menus available, in the left and right sides of the window. Click “Install nitoTV” to start the process. When asked to enter password, type in your Apple TV’s password if you have changed the default password. If you haven’t, just type in “frontrow”, then click “OK”.

Step 5 – When the installation process for nitoTV is completed you will see a checkbox sign appear in the center of the window.  You can now find the nitroTV app icon in the Apple TV launcher menu.

Step 6 – Now, in the same main menu, click “Install XBMC”. When the installation process is completed, the app will display a checkbox sign in the middle. Once again, go to your Apple TV’s launcher menu to find the XMBC app icon.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

How to Add Channels on ATV

“How do I add channels to my Apple TV?”, this is by far one of the most popular questions on Apple Support Communities and similar forums. Not being able to do that natively, has convinced a lot of users to either return their Apple TV calling it “junk” or take a stand and actively customize their user experience via jailbreak. For the moment, developers are still working on the ATV3 jailbreak, but for ATV 2 there are ways of adding channels.

Since the ATV 3 jailbreak is still in the works, you can add channels to ATV 1 and ATV 2 via a jailbreak. There are tutorials available in our How-to section if your device isn’t running a jailbreak yet. For those of you who have already, here are the steps needed to add channels on ATV using XBMC:

Step 1

Look for the add-ons you want on your ATV. Start by browsing the XBMC forums and download the .zip file.

Step 2

Download an SSH client to your computer. PuTTy or WinSCP for Windows or CyberDuck for MAC, one of these will help you browse the ATV menu using your computer. Install it and then connect it to your ATV.

Step 3

Launch XBMC on ATV and go to Settings > System Information to get your IP address.

Step 4

Launch the SSH Client. You will be displayed with Open a Connection window or input boxes. Select “SFTP” or “SSH” for the top drop down menu called “File Transfer Protocol”. Fill in the IP address retrieved from System Information in the “Server” slot. Type in “root” for Username and “alpine” for Password. Click Connect.

Step 5

You are now inside the ATV File System. Go to the XBMC Home Page, found at “/User”.

Step 6

Look for the XBMC add-on. Locate the file, drag it from your computer to XBMC Home Page. It will show up under Applications, Library, Media and Updates.

Step 7

Launch XBMC on ATV. Go to System Menu. You should see the Settings menu with Appearance, Video, Music, Pictures, Weather, Add-ons, Network, System and Skin listed at the left. Select Add-ons.

Step 8

You have four slots available. Use Install from Zip File. That will take you into the file manager, where once again you will need to go to the Home Folder, where the zip file is located. Click on the file to install it. XBMC will display a message in the bottom left corner when your add-on is enabled.

TV Scraper Add-ons for Apple TV via XBMC v12 (Frodo) to Sort Out Your Content Library

If you’re not exactly familiar with web scrapers and importers you might want to know exactly what a TV scraper does to understand why it would be cool to have one installed on your ATV. These tools are used by the XBMC Media Center to retrieve metadata information about your digital content. This means through one of these you’re getting artwork, episode and season number, resolution and type for music and movies.

IMDB used to be the only importer for XBMC but with recent updates scrapers today are available in different languages and from different sources. If you’re patient enough you can even make a custom TV scraper of your own. Until we publish our own tutorial on how to do that, you can use this one. We will get back at you with full tutorials on how to set content and scanning of your video library, including subfolders, movie and TV show content settings.
TV Scraper Add-ons for Apple TV

For now here are the settings for the Movie scraper which lists the following options: Keep Original Title, Enable Fanart (yes or no), Enable Trailer from YouTube (yes or no to download YouTube movie trailers), Prefer trailer from (yes or no if you want to use an alternative trailer download; select No if it’s YouTube trailers you want), Preferred language (set the language preferred for metadata and summaries, e.g. en for English) and finally, Get rating from (select the website you want to download ratings for your movies, e.g. IMDb).

Settings for TV show scraper settings are similar. The General TVDB add-on settings list Use DVD Order (instead of broadcast), Use Absolute Ordering – Single Season (play the TV show as one season), Enable Fanart (yes or no), Prefer Posters (enable it to download posters instead of banners; if you’re using the default skin toggle the layout settings) and Language (set the language preferred for metadata and summaries, e.g. en for English).
List of the TV scraper add-ons compatible with Apple TV and XBMC v12:

Anime News Network (TV)

Daum Movie (TV) (TV)

Friday, May 3, 2013

What is XBMC for Apple TV?

When it comes to customization and added features for Apple TV, XBMC is a free and open source media player application that is compatible with Mac OS X, iOS, Android, Linux, BSD and Microsoft Windows. It is a main option when it comes to hotel television systems, content streaming devices, Smart TVs and so on, providing support for third-party apps, slideshows and even weather forecasts, not to mention most of audio, video and image formats. 

XMBC for Apple Tv Guide

XBMC’s plugin system is written in Python programming language, which allows developers to deliver new features using a shorter syntax than commonly. This type of code is compatible with multiple programming paradigms and features automatic memory management with an extensive standard library that is easier to enable. XBMC is also compatible with LAN and other internet networks and can be used to expand the standard features of the ATV to include new television program guides, podcast streaming and a gaming platform.

And there’s a lot more it can do thanks to the embedded Python Scripts Engine for add-on extensions. It allows you to enjoy widgets that connect to photo-sharing websites such as Flickr and Instagram, several online TV guides, even e-mail clients and train-timetables, as well as file-sharing downloaders such as BitTorrent and so on. It also has a built-in feature that automatically downloads metadata information for your content. You get reviews, movie posters, cover arts and other info about your audio and video content from sources such as,, CDDB, Allmusic, MusicBrainz and FanArt.Tv. 

One of XBMC’s best features is being able to perform impressively even on the cheapest devices, provided they are equipped with at least a dual-core 2 GHz CPU. It works with VAAPI Intel, Broadcom and AMD chips, Microsoft DXVA and Apple’s VDADecoder/VideoToolBox, as well as OpenMax.

Customization is also possible, particularly when it comes to skins such as Confluence and Touch (two of the most popular skins among users). All in all, XBMC is one of the main reasons why users jailbreak their Apple Tvs.

Seas0nPass Jailbreak Tutorial for Apple TV 2nd Generation on iOS 4.4.4

The following guidelines work for an Apple TV2 that runs on iOS 4.4.4. That’s likely quite a rarity, but if you have an Apple TV2 you want to jailbreak and you haven’t upgraded the firmware to iOS 5 and 6, here’s how to do it using the Seas0nPass hack.

Surely not as popular in the jailbreak community as Pwnage and Redsn0w, Seas0nPass works by creating a custom .ipsw file that inserts the jailbreak during the restore process, instead of injecting the ramdisk as the other jailbreaks.

Seas0nPass Jailbreak Tutorial

Step 1

Download Seas0nPass for Apple TV2 that runs on iOS 4.4.4. Select the appropriate file for Mac or Windows, depending on the OS of the computer you are planning to perform the jailbreak from. You can find the download files on

Step 2

Unzip the download file called Launch the.exe file in the resulted folder.

Step 3

You will be displayed with two options “Create IPSW” and “Boot Tethered”. Select the “Create IPSW” option to initiate the jailbreak. This will download ATV firmware 4.4.4 which will then be used to create the custom jailbreak file needed for the process.

Step 4

The software will ask you to connect your ATV 2 to your computer using the Micro USB cable. Do not plug in the power cable too. Wait for the light on the front of the device to start flashing rapidly, a signal that it is time to use the remote to send the ATV2 in DFU mode. You will have to point the remote towards the device and press and hold MENU and PLAY/PAUSE for seven seconds.

Step 5

Release the buttons after you’ve counted seven seconds. This will automatically launch iTunes and begin the restore phase of the jailbreak process.

Step 6

iTunes will confirm when the jailbreak process is complete. Connect your device to the TV and check for the FC logo in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. The logo is displayed temporarily and it’s a sign of a successful restore and jailbreak process.

What’s New at Apple TV 3

March 7, 2012 Apple released Apple TV 3. It wasn’t much of a big deal. Well, it wasn’t as important for the mainstream media as the iPhone and iPad releases, even though it did make a compelling case, because by the end of the holiday season, Apple TV 3rd generation made it to most of your homes. AnandTech writes that last year alone Apple sold five million Apple TVs which translated in a whopping $495M in revenue. Quite impressive for a device many have ignored.

ATV3 Tech Specs

For the user who isn’t particularly interested in digital content and transforming their house in a media center, ATV 3 might not look too different compared to ATV 2, and truth being told, there’s a lot Apple hasn’t bothered changing with its 2012 model. Photos still need sync, there’s no DivX, it isn’t NAS compatible, nor has Netlix or Pandora embedded, not to mention that USB slot works only for support. It’s not lighter (both the 2nd and 3rd generation devices have 0.6lb each) and it’s definitely not smaller or tighter (23mm in H x 98 mm in W and 98 mm in D).

But don’t take that the wrong way. ATV 3 is a better device than ATV 2. It’s not necessarily smaller, but it does have new exciting features such as 1080p resolution and enhanced processor. There’s the new home screen and improved UI, Genius DJ playlists, movie extras and LP compatibility, and finally, refined sync options. It also has a better memory (512 MB compared to 1st and 2nd’s 256 MB) and a faster processor, switching from Apple A4 (ARM Cortex-A8 – 2nd generation ATV) to Apple A5, with a single core ARM Cortex-A0 and dual core with one core closed.

Compared with Apple TV2, ATV 3 also features a better resolution, being able to run content at 1080p over HDMI only and HDCP, quite the significant improvement from the 720 60/50 Hz (NTSC/PAL) and 576p 50 Hz (PAL) over HDMI only.

A lot of people argue that there’s no actual need for ATV to get better since the device already does what it’s supposed to do: provide direct access to your iTunes library from your TV. But since ATV 1st and 2nd generation have been discontinued and that Apple already released a tweaked version of ATV 3, this device is only getting more exciting.

All About Apple TV 3: Tech Specs and Main Features

Arguably not as popular as other Apple products such as iPhone or the iPad, Apple TV definitely comes in handy if you are the kind of tech fan with an avid passion for HD quality content. Basically Apple TV and Roku are the most popular devices that get your internet content streamed to your TV and whether or not you are planning to buy one yourself or just got one for last Christmas and have no idea what it can do, we’ve prepared a small guide that aims to summarize all you need to know about Apple TV 3, the latest of the series. We will be looking primarily at ATV 3 tech specs and its main features.

For $99.00 (+free shipping) you can get a tiny Apple TV that streams content from your iOS devices to your HDTV. It’s the ultimate gadget for the avid comfort seeker, allowing you full movie nights on the couch without moving a finger and without worrying about all kinds of cables. It can stream 1080p HD content via AirPlay and AirPlay Mirroring that ranges from photos to videos, websites, music and even games. You will have to buy a HDMI cable though. It also streams Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vimeo, YouTube, MLB, NBA and NHL, although most of these will require a subscription. Jailbreaking an ATV 3 (although not yet fully possible) opens the device to a variety of apps and extra free content sources.

The device is 0.9 inches (H), 3.9 inches (W), 3.9 inches (D) and weights 0.6 pound. The black small box uses a new-generation Apple chip, the single-core A5 chip and needs a Wi-Fi (802.11a, b, g, or n) wireless network (wireless video streaming requires 802.11a, g, or n) or 10/100BASE-T Ethernet network to work. For streaming media from a Mac or PC, you need to have updated to iTunes 10.6 or later. The device also features a micro-USB, although it is meant solely for service and support.

Apple TV 3 is can play video formats H.264 up to 1080p frames, High or Main profile level 4.0 or lower, with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, as well as MPEG 640 by 480 pixels with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps and stereo audio in.m4v, .mp4 and .mov files. Also, motion JPEG up to 35Mbps, at 1280 by 720 pixels in PCM stereo audio in .avi format. Photo formats compatible with ATV3 are jpeg, gif and tiff, whereas audio formats range from protected AAC (iTunes) to Mp3, Dolby Digital 5.1, WAV and several others.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

All about Apple TV 3: the Updated Version (3.2)

There’s been a lot of rumoring going around regarding the tech components of Apple TV 3,2, a tweaked version of the device released a few months ago. It got a lot of people curios as to why has Apple released a new version of Apple TV 3 and speculations have sparked consistently ahead of the product’s release, back in March.

It was expected (or hoped) that the tweaked version of Apple TV 3 would feature the A6 chip that Apple debuted with iPhone 5. A lot of people hoped that the tweaked ATV 3 would also feature twice the RAM its older brother had. “Since the previous antennas were part of the Apple TV PCB, and the FCC disclosure notes that the new Apple TV uses a single PIFA (Planar Inverted F Antenna), it’s highly likely we’re looking at a completely different PCB” reads a report by AnandTech.

As it turned out, Apple’s ATV3.2 features just a minor update and definitely no A6 processor. Apple changed the A5 with an A5X chip which was translated in the new product list under the new features line as featuring new silicone. The difference is in size, the ATV 3.2 Broadcom BCM 4334 wireless chip being visibly smaller than the previous. It is 6mm x 6mm, whereas the A5 is 8.19mm x 8.68mm.

It’s also a less power-hungry chip than the A5 in ATV 3. In a review of the ATV3.2, AnandTech writes that “power savings are nothing short of significant”. On the overall, A5X saves 800mW across the board according to the power test AnandTech has performed. The review also notes that “the DRAM is no longer integrated in a PoP (Package-on-Package) stack but is rather a discrete component”.

Although Apple denied that the component change would impact the performance of ATV 3.2, some websites have speculated that the new Broadcom chip would be the cause of recent wireless issues a lot of users have reported with their brand new ATV 3. “We sometimes make component changes, which require an updated model number for regulatory approval. The component changes we made don’t affect product features, and Apple TV customers will continue to have the same great user experience” reads a statement released earlier this year.

Here’s What's So Cool about Apple TV3

Apart from those that have already bought an ATV3, there’s a bunch of people intrigued about this device’s popularity. Jailbreak or no jailbreak, ATV3 can do some pretty cool things, the kind that we, as avid tech users and media content fans, oftentimes are in need of. Sure, Roku does basically the same thing, but Apple TV 3 has this neat feature called AirPlay Mirroring, that combined with AirPlay and Home Sharing, gets you access to all of your favorite content right from your favorite TV-watching place: your comfy sofa. Oh, and it does all of this without miles of cables!

I kind of let it all out in the first paragraph, but stay with me. ATV3 is a sleek device, and it’s not just because the jailbreaking is so challenging. Apple TV3 is a $99 comfort-provider, price tag which is arguably affordable considering what it does and who made it. The fact that it was made by Apple sets it apart in itself and let’s be fair, Apple fans or not, the devices this company makes are really premium. Even with all the recent glitches, anybody will choose an iPhone, an iPad or an iPod if they had the money to actually afford any smartphone or tablet.

Features such as Home Sharing, AirPlay and AirPlay Mirroring make ATV3 well worth the money. Sure you will have to pay for a lot of subscriptions, but nowadays you can enjoy content without being charged an arm and a leg. Figure it out which compatible channel is more you and for the rest you’ve got iTunes content, YouTube streaming and soon... the jailbreak.

Even if limited to a few channels, you can still have a lot of fun with your ATV3 or ATV2. AirPlay Mirroring, once configured, makes friends of your HDTV, Apple TV and whatever content your tablet or smartphone is displaying at one point be it web browsing, YouTube videos, gaming or reading.

If you start asking about the coolest things ATV 3 can do, many will tell you that without the jailbreak the device is as dead as a brick. We’d advise that instead of keeping it in the box you start using it and see what it can add to your experience, while we’re working on the jailbreak. Imagine how many weekends you could spend on your couch or in bed, watch and listen to your iTunes content on your sleek HDTV aided just by an iPad, iPhone or Mac.

AirPlay Mirroring User Guide for Apple TV

AirPlay was released with iTunes 10 so its features are not available for the original iPhone, the first ATV, iPhone 3G or the first iPod touch. AirPlay works with iOS 5 or newer and with devices connected on the same Wi-Fi network. 

AirPlay Mirroring is a feature that gives users access to display on their ATV whatever they run on their iPhone and iPad. This applies to games, movies, videos and even websites, content which can be streamed to your HDTV for a more comfortable experience. The best part is that this doesn’t require any cables, just a Wi-Fi.

AirPlay Mirroring

1.      How to Enable Apple TV (3, 2) Mirroring

When you’re first setting up new features for added functionality of your devices, it might well seem like you’d be better off calling that tech-savvy friend of yours. However, enabling Apple TV (3, 2) mirroring isn’t at all such a hassle. There are basically just 3 easy steps to activate AirPlay Mirroring for your ATV.

Step 1

Connect your computer or other iOS device and your ATV to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 2

Double-click the Home button on your device to launch recently used apps. Swipe from left to right to find the AirPlay icon; this ascertains your devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 3

You will have to select the model of your Apple TV. To do that, just tap the AirPlay icon, select your device and finally, make sure the toggle is ON.

Congratulations, you have just enabled AirPlay Mirroring for ATV (3 or 2).

If there are issues with the set up or have any questions about setting up AirPlay Mirroring for ATV3 just contact us via comment or email, or check out the list of troubleshooting articles in our new website section.

How to Connect iPad to Apple TV via AirPlay Mirroring

Apple TV would be nothing without the AirPlay and AirPlay Mirroring features, which definitely make it a lot easier for the gadget fan to enjoy a great media experience via various platforms. It also makes it all the more comfortable to lay in your couch with your iPad and enjoy a glorious weekend of movies, music, web browsing and TV without actually moving a finger. AirPlay Mirroring does all of that for you. All you need to do is connect your iPad to Apple TV via AirPlay Mirroring. 

Connect iPad to Apple TV via AirPlay Mirroring
The whole process is quite hassle free and as long as you’ve configured AirPlay and AirPlay Mirroring at least once you shouldn’t feel like it’s a configuration that requires expert help. In fact, the set up is incredibly easy. Just make sure your devices are all compatible. For AirPlay Mirroring to work your iPad should be 2nd generation or newer and should run iOS 5 or later. Small note: if you’re planning to mirror to a Mac, you will need an app to support that, but for all the other iOS devices compatible, everything gets done in a matter of minutes. The other condition to remember is that for AirPlay Mirroring to work, your devices must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 1

To activate AirPlay Mirroring, look for its icon in the Multitasking Bar on your iPad (double-tap the Home Button to launch it). You will be prompted with a list of recently used apps, so browse it until you see the AirPlay icon, which looks like this:

Step 2

Tap it.

Step 3

You will be prompted with a dialog box that displays all iOS devices on your Wi-Fi network that can be mirrored. Select Apple TV and make sure the toggle button for “Mirroring” is ON.

Step 4

There is no Step 4. You’re done! That’s how easy it is to turn on AirPlay Mirroring from your iPad to Apple TV.

Apple TV 2nd generation Vs. Apple TV 3rd generation: Tech Specs Comparison

You don’t need expert tech knowledge to see there’s an obvious difference between Apple ATV 2 and Apple ATV 3. Well, apart from the jailbreak, which is currently in the works. But buying an ATV 3 is something you should consider if you’re interested in getting the best of the series. ATV 2 is currently discontinued, whereas production for 3rd generation Apple TVs is up and going seeing as recent figures have proved there are actually millions of people buying the Apple HDTV content streamer.

ATV 2 vs ATV 3 Tech Specs

Processor: With Apple TV 3rd generation, Apple introduced the A5 Single Core ARM Cortex-A9, dual core with one core closed that has definitely made things leaner and provided support for the added features. ATV 2’s Apple A4 ARM Cortex – A8 has long become obsolete. Also, the tweaked version of ATV 3, aka the ATV 3.2 features a smaller modified chip, an Apple A5x with single core that saves 800 mW across the board.

Graphics: With the new processor, graphics have improved too. ATV 3 features Apple A5 PowerVR SGX543MP2, whereas ATV 2 carries the Apple A4 PowerVR SGX535.

Memory: This is an obvious improvement from ATV2, as ATV 3 features 512 MB compared to the 256 MB the 2010 model has. Not at all that impressive, but it’s a good enough step forward.

Storage: Both the ATV 2 and the ATV 3 feature the same storage, an 8 BG NAND Flash for Cache.

Connectivity:  Both devices have the same connectivity features: Micro-USB (limited to service and diags), infrared receiver, optical audio and HDMI.

Network: Apple TV 2 and Apple TV 3 share the same networking compatibility: Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) and 10/100 Ethernet.

Output: This is something that has visibly changed over the past few years. From ATV 2’s 720 60/50 Hz (NTSC/PAL) and 576p 50 Hz (PAL) over HDMI only, Apple has moved forward to 1080p/1080i/720p/480p over HDMI only and HDCP capable.

Audio: Same Optical audio at 48 kHz fixed sample rate and HDMI.

Power: No changes here, both devices having a built-in 6W power supply.

Dimensions: Apple hasn’t bothered with the exterior of ATV 3, thus both devices have the same dimensions: 23mm in H x 98 mm in W and 98 mm in D.

Weight: Same goes for weight, both Apple TVs having a weight of 0.6 lb.

OS: Given there’s a difference of two years between the release dates for these two devices, a lot has changed, including (thank God) iOS. In 2010, ATV 2 was released with ATV firmware 4.0 (aka iOS 4.1), and two years later, ATV 3 was presented, running Apple TV firmware 4.2 (aka iOS 5.1). At the moment, both run on Apple TV Software 5.2.1 (aka iOS 6.3)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

How to Configure AirPlay Settings for Apple TV

Most Apple TV owners feel that without jailbreaking, the device is as dead as a brick, well, besides AirPlay. And like most of our savvy gadgets in the house, to rip benefits to the fullest you will need to know how to make a few settings, which includes streaming and getting access to content via multiple platforms, including to the iTunes libraries in the home. Today’s user guide will teach you how to configure AirPlay settings for Apple TV.

1.    What is AirPlay?

AirPlay is an iOS feature that allows you to stream content from your devices to your HDTV via Apple TV and AirPlay speakers using a wireless internet connection. The feature is compatible with ATV, iPad and iPhone 3GS/4/5 as well as iPod touch (2nd, 3rd and 4th generation). Apple says the best AirPlay experience comes with the latest software updates, but some users have argued it’s not necessarily the case. However, it works with iOS 4.3 or later on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, with iOS 5.1 or later on Apple TV and with a computer via iTunes 10.2 or later. To stream content via AirPlay to your Apple TV 3rd generation you need iOS 5.0 or later or iOS 4.2 or later for Apple TV 2nd generation.

2.    How to configure AirPlay on Apple TV

Setting AirPlay on Apple TV is extremely easy. All you have to do is go to the Settings menu, select AirPlay and then On. You can change your AirPlay speakers via Apple TV by selecting the Settings menu > AirPlay and then select from the list your desired speaker.

3.    How to enable AirPlay from your computer and iTunes to stream content on Apple TV

Step 1
To enable AirPlay, you have to connect your Apple TV to the same Wi-Fi network as your computer is on.

Step 2
Launch iTunes. Make sure it is 10.2 or later.

Step 3
Go to the bottom-right corner of iTunes to click this icon: 

Step 4
You will be prompted with a list of available devices, so select yours to start playback.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Apple TV User Guide: How to Set Up Home Sharing for ATV 2 and ATV3

The best feature of Apple TV is allowing you to share and transfer content from multiple iTunes libraries. This means Home Sharing is optimum comfort for the multi-media device fan, getting access to all content in iTunes library on several platforms, including Apple TV 2nd generation and Apple TV 3rd generation. For the avid user of iOS, home sharing might not be exactly new, but for those of you who just happened to received an ATV for Christmas or your birthday, home sharing might feel like it should be dealt by a software engineer, although it is easy enough to handle it all by yourself.

First of all, the Home Sharing feature works with iTunes 10.2 or later as well as Apple TV 2nd generation, Apple TV 3rd generation, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Playing iTunes content through your ATV requires a Wi-Fi connection and your Apple ID. Once you’ve set up Home Sharing for ATV, all of your iTunes content will become available in the iTunes Shared Menu.

Here’s how to set up Home Sharing on your ATV2 and ATV3:

Step 1
Launch iTunes. In the left side of iTunes, select Home Sharing.

Step 2
Using the File Menu (File > Devices > Turn On Home Sharing) you will have to enable the feature. Use the same path if Home Sharing isn’t visible, although once it is enabled, it becomes invisible until another computer with Home Sharing is enabled.

Step 3
To activate Home Sharing you will be requested to enter your Apple ID and password. Once you’ve done that, click on “Turn On Home Sharing”.

Now all that’s left is to set Home Sharing content as your heart desires. Although it happens only when you are manually transferring content between iTunes libraries, Home Sharing doesn’t check for duplicates, so you might find it a hassle sorting through duplicate content. It also means there will be none of your history for content available, because iTunes ratings, play history and comments are not transferred from iTunes. Advices such as these, and many more are soon to come, just check out our website’s new section.