An enterprising hacker has managed to coax the $99 Apple TV set-top box into running full screen iOS apps.
Steve Troughton-Smith’s hack lets users run iPhone and iPad apps on a big-screen TV at an eye-massagingly lovely 720p 1280 x 720 resolution. In various demonstrations posted to YouTube (one of which you can is embedded below), Troughton-Smith shows apps such as Safari, Facebook and Angry Birds running on a cracked Apple TV box with the help of
witchcraft some clever coding.
Apple has so far not enabled full screen iOS apps on the Apple TV box, or granted access to the App Store through the device. It has been known from the beginning that Apple TV can run iOS apps, but Apple has limited this capability, for obvious reasons – the Apple TV box is a mere $99, somewhat cheaper than an iPad or iPhone.
Below you can watch Troughton-Smith himself showing off his handiwork. Also, the hacker has since finished work on a hack that adds Apple IR remote control support to iOS apps!