There was a lot of hype surrounding the LiberTV jailbreak. But is it really worth jailbreaking your Apple TV? Let’s find out below.
I have a jailbroken Apple TV 4 but it’s useless since you can’t really do anything with it. The only thing you can do with it right now is, stop automatic tvOS firmware updates, which is absolutely crazy when you think about it.
Here are the top 5 reasons why an Apple TV jailbreak is as good as useless.
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Why is Apple TV jailbreak useless?
1. Obsolete nitoTV
This is by far the main reason why LiberTV tvOS jailbreak is useless. As you know, jailbreaking itself doesn’t amount to anything if there are no tweaks or packages you can install on your set-top box.
nitoTV, the Cydia alternative for Apple TV, is still not functional on tvOS 10 firmware months after LiberTV’s release.
Kevin Bradley, the developer of nitoTV, confirmed that he was working on a port for iOS 10. This announcement was made back in early May, almost 6 months earlier.
He hasn’t been very active in the jailbreak scene for quite a few months now. Moreover, his Twitter account has now gone private as well. The reason being those stupid “wen eta jailbreak” trolls.
I guess it’s now safe to assume there won’t be any future updates for nitoTV.
Just like sideloading is becoming increasingly popular with iPhone users, Apple TV users are also making the switch.
Sideloading already does what the majority of users jailbreak for – installing Kodi.
You can easily install Kodi on your set-top box using Cydia Impactor without running a jailbreak. Furthermore, you can purchase a developer account from Apple, which will cover all your devices for a year.
3. Better tvOS updates
Apple’s latest offering for Apple Tv users, tvOS 11 brings a lot of new features. It adds Bluetooth keyboard support and AirPods, automatic dark mode, home screen synchronization and much more.
Ironically, the benefits of installing the new tvOS update actually outweigh the advantages that a jailbreak brings.
4. Inactive jailbreak community
The iPhone jailbreak scene is really active and has a great unofficial developer community. However, the same can’t be said for Apple’s set-top box.
The Apple TV jailbreak scene is run by just two developers –
- Kevin Bradley aka nitoTV
- Jonathan Levin aka Morpheus
Other than them, there’s not a single developer that wants to work on Apple’s set-top box.
5. Underutilized device
Apple TV is a device with tons of potential, especially from a jailbreak perspective.
There are so many things that can be done for this device such as themes, tweaks, emulators, or even a new implementation of Activator Cydia tweak.
All we need to do is get some talented developers onboard to set the ball rolling.
What do you think about Apple TV?
This list pretty much sums it all up. I don’t think the new Apple TV 4K will even get a jailbreak if you consider the status quo.
Is there anything you would love to have on your Apple TV? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.
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