Update on iOS 5.1 Jailbreak For Apple TV 3 And Apple TV 2


While we’re eagerly waiting for the jailbreak community to release the untethered or tethered jailbreak for iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and the new iPad (iPad 3), the Chronic Dev team has given a status update on the jailbreak for Apple TV 2 and  the new Apple TV on iOS 5.1.

Chronic Dev team have provided the following details about the iOS 5.1 jailbreak for Apple TV 2:

I’m sure many reading this post are aware that with the geohots A4 limera1n exploit it’s always possible (and quite simple) to jailbreak each new version that is released with relative ease. What isn’t easy is finding an vulnerability for an untethered exploit, and sometimes, massive software changes require a lot of work to achieve cross compatibility with a reasonable range of software versions. As of right now the jailbreak for 5.1 on the AppleTV is limited to a tethered jailbreak, yes I am aware that Stefan Esser (@i0n1c) has an untethered exploit, I don’t know any further details, and am not certain of whether or not he intends to share his research. The tethered jailbreak is only part of the problem, right now we are still busily sorting out legacy and compatibility issues to make sure all roads still go through beigelist when loading third party appliances. I’m not certain how long it will take to merge the differences between beigelist and espresso, hopefully, not much longer.

In one of the tweets, MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev team had revealed that it was more difficult to jailbreak Apple TV 3 than the new iPad. Chronic Dev team explains what he meant by it:

I’m sure mostly everyone reading this article has probably heard MuscleNerds thought’s on jailbreaking the AppleTV 3, I echo his sentiments. I believe he said the “attack surface” is much smaller, I couldn’t have put it better. There is no built in default web browser, there are less services running, with no web browser and less services running there are fewer places to smoke/fuzz out a vulnerability. For instance, even if the AppleTV 3 was out before the iPad 2 and 4S were jailbroken with absinthe, it would not have been applicable, no mobilebackup to exploit for part of the injection vector. I’m not saying the AppleTV 3 is hopeless, however, without an A5 bootrom exploit being found, each AppleTV 3 jailbreak (after the first one happens) will be an uphill battle. Nothing earth shattering here, wish I had better news on this front.

There has been no major updates on the jailbreak for iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and iPad 3 since our last post (Update: We’ve updated the post with some positive news tweeted by pod2G few hours back). As we had mentioned in that post, Stefan Esser a.k.a i0n1c who has discovered the untethered jailbreak for the new iPad (that would also work with other iOS devices such as iPhone 4S, iPad 2 etc) has clearly stated that he doesn’t plan to release it, which means that we will have to wait for the iPhone Dev team or phoenixdev and chpwn to release the tethered or untethered jailbreak for iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and iPad 3.

We’ll let you know as soon as we’ve any further updates, so stay tuned at iPhone Hacks or join our Facebook Fan page or follow us on Twitter or add us on Google+ or subscribe to our RSS feed.

[via Chronic Dev Team’s blog]

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  • Wazzalisk

    what happened to the dream team? 🙁

    • sh-t team

      They took our money and ran! That was their dream.

      • hehahe


        • fas

          When did they take the money?

    • genXhippie

      They’re working on it, dude. Give a chance for peace sake. You’re speaking as if there is nothing to this jailbreaking, which is the farthest from the truth. Just chill, it will happen. 😉

      • Wazzalisk

        I know it’ll come out sometime eventually. I’m just saying, this article made it sound as if the dream team isn’t working together anymore.

  • haha

    user on other forums giving them S**t and they now no longer want to be apart of a corrupt seen.. dont blame them,

  • Bonez

    Than y take the time to jailbreak if it’s not to share

  • Jay

    So Lame Stefan esser

  • joe

    Stefan Esser a.k.a i0n1c…. looks like we have another geohot.. i got it you cant have it ner ner ner. stick it up your butt then.

    • moodi

      Totally agree with you.
      Another ASSHOLE , why he publish it then.

      • LOOOL

        I told you guys from the very first post about this that he wouldn’t release it lol. He’s a attention wh-re and a fa gg ot

  • ilove

    I understand the issue with a tethered JB for Iphones, but how would a tethered JB for Appte TV3 be bad? I am super late on the Apple TV and was going to purchase one recently but found out there was only a full JB for apple TV2 only. Thanks

    • Brando212

      with a tethered apple tv you have to have your computer right next to your tv to do the tethered boot process then switch over to the hdmi cable

      once you unplug the apple tv from the wall you have to run the tethered boot process again when you plug it back in

      in other words it just makes things a bit more of a pain in the ass

      • ilove

        that make sence. Dead iphone = unpluged apple tv3


  • Bill

    It’s a bit stupid that you have to buy tweakes from cydia yet you have to stay on old firmware to keep them, mainly because now the jailbreak team doesn’t want to release latest jailbreak, so you have to chooses either latest iOS or old iOS and keep your paid tweaks!

    The jailbreak team, has an obligation to release it as the amount of donations and also the people who brought stuff in cydia can’t use them

    I can see the end of jail breaking coming real soon, I’m going to stop supporting these egotistical bullsh-tters and become a stock iOS users

    It’s so boring waiting

    • Olaf

      Boy, you sure make it sound like they haven’t released any jailbreaks!
      I’ll tell you what, since you are in such a rush, take the jailbreak YOU made and shove it where the sun don’t shine.
      So, they ran with the money just like every other time. That’s why there are absolutely no jailbreaks now, right?
      Ass clown. Go to stock and stop complaining.

      • Zak

        Lol “ass clown”

  • Frank

    How dare they not give us this jailbreak. And charge us……nothing? If u made a DONATION that’s great but u didn’t have to. I do not believe they would not release it if they had it. Maybe apple should allow the jailbreak just a thought ……

    • Olaf

      Exactly Frank. For those complaining fools, make a donation AFTER the release of the jailbreak. Then you can’t complain about not getting a jailbreak despite giving money. There’s a bright idea.

    • genXhippie

      I’m concur w/ you, Frank.

    • mike

      or better yet should leave them unlocked already from the start

  • genXhippie

    “…Stefan Esser a.k.a i0n1c who has discovered the untethered jailbreak for the new iPad (that would also work with other iOS devices such as iPhone 4S, iPad 2 etc) has clearly stated that he doesn’t plan to release it,…”

    Well, why publicize it, if there no intent to release? It’s just a tease, or what. :/

    • Kev Newton

      I have jailbroken all new versions of Apple products, but I am not sharing them, or am I just lying to get publicity Stefan Esser ?

  • Dee

    Guys he found the loop hole and wanted to share and stick up his finger at us, the question is how real was the find or was it real ( I dont think so !), Most hackers will do what they do to show the world what they are capable of and share as it f**ks of all these large corporate companies that take the piss out of us

    • Kimberly

      The purpose of keeping the exploits secret is to maintain open options if/when Apple fixes the exploit that allows a particular jailbreak. If they were to reveal the methods at this point (which would be monumentally stupid) we would be SOL for a jailbreak because Apple would quickly turn around a minor update, preventing us from exercising our right of first sale by taking control of our own devices.

      So stop bellyaching and BE PATIENT!

  • Trapp

    Well ipad 3 suxanyway so dont bother on spoiling jb for it Lets wait for next iphone, maybe it will work!

    • Whiterice

      You must not own one lol

  • Trillpolo

    Any day now with the untethered iOS 5.1 for the 4S

  • Jailbreak atv3

    Apple rob me of 100$ cuz my apple tv 3 sucks. Who ever does release the jailbreak becomes the champion cause it’s the hardest challenge and should receive donations for sure and will be remember every time I power it on. Let the true hackers hack away and show the world you crack the hardest device of them all.good luck

  • genXhippie

    So what’s the actual tweak name that toggles between 3G and 2G/EDGE, for non AT&T users ,that everyone is speaking about? I haven’t been fortunate enough to find one thus far. Any help would be appreciated really. 😉

  • hondo

    for christ sakes stop bashing the DEV TEAM. look they warned everyone not to update. if you did tough cookie, suck your thumb or something else and shut up. if your buying tweaks from cydia your an idiot. google is your friend and you will find how to install the paid apps from cydia

  • Mike

    Are they ever going to release a jailbreak for the IOS 5.1 on the Iphone 4s? I starting to think that they either forgot we are all waiting or they simply can’t do it. It sure is taking a long time.

  • mike

    We hope that the jailbreak for Apple TV 3 will come soon!

  • marnix

    Yes jailbreak Apple Tv 3…pleasssssseeee

  • Nick

    any updates on apple tv 3 jailbreak

  • Any update on apple tv 3 jailbreak

  • Macpeter

    Me too