The folks at FireCore have released a new jailbreak for the latest Apple TV iOS version that Apple released on March 7th. The set-top box’s interface was revamped alongside the release of the third-gen Apple TV, and FireCore’s tethered jailbreak will work on the second-gen Apple TV running iOS 5.0.
New versions of Seas0nPass and aTV Flash (black) have been released to enhance the Apple TV experience on the latest software.
Like RedSn0w for the iPhone or iPad, Seas0nPass is the tool used to jailbreak an Apple TV:
Seas0nPass currently provides a tethered jailbreak for the new 5.0 (iOS 5.1) AppleTV software. Functionally, both jailbreak types are identical, the only difference being that a tethered jailbreak requires the AppleTV to be connected to a Mac/PC when first powering it on. Since the AppleTV doesn’t have a battery, and is rarely ever powered off, this usually only needs to be done once.
We’ve already shown you what’s new in the 5.0 update for the Apple TV. Apple revamped the interface to make it more app-like. If you’ve jailbroken your Apple TV before and enjoyed the added features, then grab this latest version of Seas0nPass jailbreak. By warned that some plugins have yet to be updated for the Apple TV’s 5.0 software:
- Couch Surfer (works)
- Last.fm (works)
- Maintenance (works)
- Media Player (works)
- NitoTV (works)
- RSS Feeds (works)
- Weather (works)
- Overflow (not working)
- Plex (not working)
- Remote HD (not working)
- Rowmote (not working)
- XBMC (not working)
Note: Non-working items require an author update for 5.0 compatibility.
Also, the third-gen Apple TV cannot be jailbroken yet. From the looks of things, it may not be jailbroken for awhile.
You’ll need Seas0nPass to actually jailbreak your Apple TV with your Mac, and then aTV Flash (black) is used to install additional features, like a built-in browser, compatibility with more video formats, a Last.fm app, and more. The new Seas0nPass can be downloaded here and aTV Flash (black) can be purchased for $30.
To learn more about the benefits of jailbreaking your Apple TV, take a look at FireCore’s website.