Apps are coming to Apple TV one way or another

Apple Online Store“The Apple Dev Team has proven that the Apple TV, just out of the starting gate, can indeed be jailbroken,” Erika Morphy reports for MacNewsWorld. “Generally, jailbreaking a device means developers can gain the necessary root access to develop their own apps or customizations.”

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“This particular jailbreak, via the SHAtter exploit that was first used on the iPod touch 4G, is not ready for prime time, according to the developers,” Morphy reports. “It will take more iterations and development work before consumers can being installing third-party apps on Apple TV, Rob Walch, host of Today in iPhone, told MacNewsWorld.”

“One way or another apps will be coming to Apple TV, Walch predicted,” Morphy reports. “Either developers will learn how to install them via the jailbreak or Apple will allow consumers to use them on the device, or both… ‘I think Apple is going to allow people to run certain niche apps, like ABC or Hulu,’ Walch predicted.”

Morphy reports, “One problem could be the interface — Apple TV doesn’t have a touchscreen, and a remote is not sufficient for what would be required. However Apple TV specs do include Bluetooth, Walch pointed out, which would support Apple’s multitouch Magic Trackpad.”

MacDailyNews Take: Or you could just use your iPad.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Geoffrey H.” for the heads up.]

34 Comments

  1. the new apple remote app for ipad seems strangely bereft. It’s as if there is a big chunk of unused functionality lurking in there just waiting to be released.

    The iPad controlled games are going to be quite something to behold.

    Imagine each member of the family with their own hd control environment playing a game together.

    Kind of makes m$ “kinect” or sony “ps move” look just as lame as the wii that they were stealing it from.

    Talk about a leap-frog. Do that with your $onyErikson! Or how ’bout a Zune and 360 where are they with that?

  2. the new apple remote app for ipad seems strangely bereft. It’s as if there is a big chunk of unused functionality lurking in there just waiting to be released.

    The iPad controlled games are going to be quite something to behold.

    Imagine each member of the family with their own hd control environment playing a game together.

    Kind of makes m$ “kinect” or sony “ps move” look just as lame as the wii that they were stealing it from.

    Talk about a leap-frog. Do that with your $onyErikson! Or how ’bout a Zune and 360 where are they with that?

  3. There are probably going to be apps for Apple TV, but they will be Apple TV apps that are designed for the Apple TV’s non-touch interface, just as there are now iPhone apps and apps that are specially designed for the iPad’s larger screen interface.

    There may be apps that run on the Apple TV, with a secondary custom “remote control” app that installs on your iPad or iPhone or iPod touch. That would provide a more flexible touch and motion -based interface if the standard push-button remote control is not sufficient for a particular app (such as some fancy game). The app itself is still running on the Apple TV, with the iDevice acting as the controller.

  4. There are probably going to be apps for Apple TV, but they will be Apple TV apps that are designed for the Apple TV’s non-touch interface, just as there are now iPhone apps and apps that are specially designed for the iPad’s larger screen interface.

    There may be apps that run on the Apple TV, with a secondary custom “remote control” app that installs on your iPad or iPhone or iPod touch. That would provide a more flexible touch and motion -based interface if the standard push-button remote control is not sufficient for a particular app (such as some fancy game). The app itself is still running on the Apple TV, with the iDevice acting as the controller.

  5. It seems like Apple intentionally allowed jailbreaking on the Apple TV. It’s a great way to build the cult, and there’s no downside.

    By the way, the poll for “If you had to downgrade from an iPhone…”
    Why isn’t “death” on the list?

    It would be nice to be able to leave poll comments!

  6. It seems like Apple intentionally allowed jailbreaking on the Apple TV. It’s a great way to build the cult, and there’s no downside.

    By the way, the poll for “If you had to downgrade from an iPhone…”
    Why isn’t “death” on the list?

    It would be nice to be able to leave poll comments!

  7. Wonder what percentage of people who bought a Wii system play it consistently (not just watch their girlfriends play)? I know at least a few families that bought it, was initially excited, but then it just became nothing more than a DVD player or sit and collect dust.

    Gaming is not the same as sports. Until we get the holo-deck there are still lots of more compelling ways to play than just swinging a remote stand on a fake board.

  8. Wonder what percentage of people who bought a Wii system play it consistently (not just watch their girlfriends play)? I know at least a few families that bought it, was initially excited, but then it just became nothing more than a DVD player or sit and collect dust.

    Gaming is not the same as sports. Until we get the holo-deck there are still lots of more compelling ways to play than just swinging a remote stand on a fake board.

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