Apple TV 2G firmware posted online, examined

Apple has posted the new firmware for its second-generation Apple TV ahead of the device’s delivery to customers. Based on the file name, AppleTV2,1_4.1_8M89_Restore.ipsw, the firmware appears to be a version of iOS 4.1. Notably, the iPhone Dev-Team was able to use its SHAtter exploit to decrypt the keys used to block access to the Apple TV filesystem; according to Will Strafach, the new Apple TV OS is a “mashup of the old AppleTV OS and iOS,” and “all binaries are marked iPad-compatible.” Strafach suggests that existing add-ons for modified first-generation Apple TV units may work with little to no changes if compiled for ARM, while noting that “it seems all iOS frameworks” are present in the new firmware. [via Wired]

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