Mac OS X running on Apple TV

by editor @ on April 1, 2007

semthex from, in collaboration with has done it again! A complete replacement to the Mac OS X kernel has been built which allows the full version of Mac OS X to be run on an Apple TV.

Semthex wrote a processor emulation for the kernel, to sidestep the hardware restrictions that previously disallowed Mac OS X from running on the Apple TV. was only too happy to help out, and when it turned out we needed more testers we launched a competition to get some. Within hours we had hundreds of eager Apple TV hackers submit entries.

Several hours of testing and refining later and our tester, gimli, managed to follow the steps (included below) to get Mac OS X booting on his Apple TV (click to enlarge):

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Best Television for the Apple TV?

by editor @ on March 30, 2007

hdtv Best Television for the Apple TV?

Various people have talked about the quality of their TVs for using with the Apple TV, and a few people have said they have had problems with certain TVs.

What we would like to do here is find out what TVs our readers are using with their Apple TV, what they think of the picture quality, whether you had any problems getting your Apple TV hooked up with it. Any details which might be relevant, so over the coming months when people ask “Will Apple TV work on my television?”, they can find the answer here.

To this end, on April 30th we will be giving away a $25 iTunes voucher to a someone who posts an informative post about using the Apple TV with a particular television; chosen at random from those who have posted here at that point (so please include a valid email address if you wish to be considered!).

If you aren’t sure where to start with purchasing an HDTV, then Amazon have a great selection Best Television for the Apple TV? and are currently offering a $50 rebate.

Call for testers! Get $50 to test latest hack.

by editor @ on March 30, 2007 and Semthex, from Hackint0sh forums, are looking for testers to help test the latest hack on the Apple TV.

You must be comfortable with opening your Apple TV to access the harddrive, and perferably have good knowledge of OS X and the command line. We will only accept a few testers, and only the first one of those to successfully install the hack will win the $50.

By asking to test you agree to non-disclosure, until such a time the hack is made public. All the testers chosen will receive credit when the hack is announced.

Update: We have received loads of emails and are now closed for any more entries. Sorry if we don’t reply to your entry, we got kind of swamped! More news when we have it!

Use your USB keyboard and mouse

by editor @ on March 30, 2007

A hacker named Turbo has posted instructions on enabling USB keyboard and mouse to work with the Apple TV. To do so, you need to download the patch he has written, and then apply it to your mach_kernel.prelink file with this command:

bspatch mach_kernel.prelink mach_kernel.patched turbo-disable-usb-whitelist-20070330.bsdiff

You can then use this tip from AwkwardTV to enable your mouse pointer (which you won’t see otherwise), and you are away!

Apple TV plugin to play non-iTunes videos

by editor @ on March 29, 2007

ericIII, from the awesome AwkwardTV gang has constructed the first useful plugin (known as a ‘frapplication’) for the Apple TV.

It allows you to play video content stored on the AppleTV, but not inside the iTunes media file structure. This is a great first step towards integrating additional software features right into the Apple TV:

A couple plugins we would like to see are:

- A quit menu. We would like to be able access the other features that are being enabled for the Apple TV (alternative media players, 3rd party applications etc.) whilst keeping quick and easy access to the standard Apple TV GUI.

- A games menu. This would be a nice addition for people with kids, simple games that can be played using the remote.

- An RSS reader. Quickly and easily read news from your favourite websites on your TV, whilst eating cereal.

- A Record menu! This one would be a biggie, built right into the Apple TV, the option to record programs using a schedule.

What would you like from a plugin built right into the Apple TV?

Update: You can now download it here.

Is there an Apple TV backdoor?

by editor @ on March 29, 2007

Over at the Tutorial Ninja’s site their is a claim that Apple have a backdoor in the Apple TV. With some features that have been hacked open (e.g VNC and SSH) becoming disabled.

Is this an Apple TV backdoor? Or is it just a software update or repair permissions script that has side effects? Nobody is quite sure yet.

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