iOS 4.1 Apple TV Hints At New iPhones, Unknown Device; FaceTime, DVD, Bluetooth Support Likely for Apple TV

Written By Sam on 1 October 2010

Since the time news of Apple starting the shipment of its second generation Apple TV hit the Web, there has been no rest. First, there was speculation on whether Apple TV will be based on iOS. A few days ago the company confirmed that the device will indeed be based on iOS by uploading a new version of iOS 4.1 to their servers for Apple TV.

However, far from putting speculation to rest, the release of the firmware triggered a whole new discussion on the device. For soon after the release of the firmware, hackers came up with claims that the device can be jailbroken with the recently discovered SHAtter exploit. Jailbreaking the new Apple TV could allow users to play content from additional sources, like a USB hard drive or services like Hulu.

The Dev-Team also posted an entry on their blog announcing that they used SHAtter to jailbreak the new Apple TV firmware:

It’s looking like SHAtter is going to be the gift that keeps on giving. Even though the new AppleTV isn’t yet in people’s homes, the firmware is available on Apple’s normal public distribution servers and SHAtter has been used to decrypt its keys!

There is more news, for hackers who have been able to lay their hands on iOS 4.1 reveal that from code references in the firmware, it appears Apple TV may come with support for DVD, Bluetooth and even incorporate Apple’s FaceTime video calling feature (possibly through iPhone 4 using AirPlay).

Now, here’s the interesting bit which says that the company may be working on two new versions of the iPhone. There are reports that say, “The current iPhone 4 is actually called iPhone 3,1 in Apple product-speak. But the Apple TV firmware makes reference to new versions 3,2 and 3,3.” There are also screenshots of the code snippet showing references to ‘iPhone3,2’ and ‘iPhone3,3’; so, possibly two new versions (a CDMA and a China version?) of the iPhone are indeed on the anvil. And if that was not enough rumour, the firmware also revealed references to unknown device. With rumour mongers having received a whiff of the device, we are set for a fresh barrage of speculative reports, this time on Apple’s mystery device.

via 9to5Mac

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