The Pangu team caught us by surprise today by releasing an untethered jailbreak tool for iOS 9.1, which also makes it the first jailbreak ever to be released for iPad Pro. The same team has now taken to Twitter to announce that they will also release a jailbreak by next week for the fourth generation of Apple TV running tvOS 9.0 or 9.0.1. The last time that we saw a jailbreak for Apple TV was around three years ago.
We will release jb for Apple TV4(9.0.x) next week which only has SSH access. It's mainly for security researchers and jailbreak developers.
— PanguTeam (@PanguTeam) March 11, 2016
The jailbreak will only provide SSH access with no GUI-based features and is mainly aimed at jailbreak developers and security researchers. With that said, this should still be considered as a good news as it opens the door for new modifications and improvements to the Apple TV. For instance, jailbreak developers could provide a way for users to theme the interface of Apple TV apart from enjoying new features.
If your Apple TV has already been updated to tvOS 9.1 or 9.1.1 then you’re out of luck because the new Pangu jailbreak will support only those Apple TVs that are running tvOS 9.0 or 9.0.1. Unfortunately, just like iOS, you can’t downgrade to an older version of tvOS.
If you’re not sure which firmware version your Apple TV is running then simply head to the general settings and check it from there.
Nonetheless, this is a very exciting news and I can’t wait to see the creativity of jailbreak developers with the kind of tweaks they will be coming up with for the Apple TV.
What sort of tweaks would you like to see for the Apple TV? Make sure to let us know in the comments section.