"There's no reason why the end user shouldn't be able to install whatever software they see fit on a legitimately purchased hardware device." - Adam Lack
Montreal, Quebec (PRWEB) March 07, 2012
Apple TV Jailbreakers: Less than forty eight hours prior to the much anticipated Apple media event taking place on March 7th, the web site that released the jailbreak code for the second generation Apple TV has announced to its Jailbreak Apple TV discussion forum members that it has already managed to crack the security on the firmware for the upcoming third generation Apple TV model. The firmware for the third generation device was made available over a month ago through Apple's developer update servers.
Their web site details the process of opening the device to third party software installation through software modification only. It enables the user to install applications that aren't necessarily endorsed by the product manufacturer, but at the same time, does not tamper with native functionality. The main purpose of the Jailbreak Apple TV source is to allow for the installation of XBMC, a very powerful open source media player, offering a limitless array of add-ons which interface with online media web sites.
The release of the jailbreak solution for the second generation Apple TV several months ago stimulated a sudden surge in sales of the Apple TV device, resulting in a constant lack of supply worldwide. It went from being a failure of a product, to one of Apple's best sellers in a period of six months, coinciding with the jailbreak release which gave users the ability to play their own media and interface with the web using the small set top receiver. According to server log analysis, site management estimates that about six hundred thousand units of the small device were jailbroken in the past five months alone.
Contributing members of the Jailbreak Apple TV development team are not compensated for their efforts in any way, and simply do it as part of their passion for being part of the technological advancement of open source coding on the internet. This kind of computer programming does in fact require a lot of talent, giving the people behind these releases a "folk hero" type allure within the online communities across the web.
Interesting enough, this is the first time in the history of Apple device jailbreaking that a new flaw has been announced prior to the actual product launch date. There is no telling when retailers will begin selling the highly anticipated third generation model, codenamed "J33." Apple is very secretive when it comes to product launches; however if the correlation between the jailbreak and increased product sales continues to surge, the product manufacturer themselves might want to consider selling a less restricted device, software-wise.
On a side note, the current Apple TV 2 model seems to have already been discontinued, with stock availability being next to nil at Apple Store locations across the globe. The only place where it is still possible to purchase the second generation Apple TV device from is the company's own online store, and there's no telling when they will have completely liquidated their stock for good. People have already began selling the devices on online market places such as Craigslist for inflated prices. Jailbreak Apple TV invites anyone interested to read up more about the the upcoming Apple TV 3 release at their web site today.
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There are around fifteen full time and twenty-four part time contributors which together make up the team of computer programming experts, with members located in over twelve countries worldwide.