Checkra1n jailbreak tool now works on Apple TV 4K

Checkra1n jailbreak tool now works on Apple TV 4K
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Apple is well-known for locking down its devices to keep users within certain boundaries while using them. However, jailbreakers make every effort to break free of those constraints, and as a result, many Apple fans enjoy doing all kinds of things they aren’t supposed to be able to do on their iPhones and iPads. Now with the checkra1n jailbreak tool, iPhones and iPads aren’t the only Apple devices that can be jailbroken. The tool also works on the Apple TV 4K, although it isn’t yet ready for public consumption.

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PiunukaWeb explained that without jailbreaking, the Apple TV 4K doesn’t support permanent app side-loading, and there are no themes available. Users also can’t play different music in different parts of tvOS, and ROMs can’t be loaded into the emulated. The device also doesn’t connect to Xbox or PlayStation controllers.

However, the checkra1n jailbreak tool is making all of this and more possible on the Apple TV 4K. Twitter user @littlesteve posted a couple of tweets which indicate that this new jailbreak tool does work on Apple’s set-top box.

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Littlesteve also tweeted this video showing the checkra1n jailbreak installing on an Apple TV:

Before you get too excited, it’s important to point out something. At this point, tvOS is not compatible with the checkra1n jailbreak tool, which means more work must be done before it will work on the Apple TV 4K. It’s unclear when or if this extra work will be done so that the general public can jailbreak their set-top Apple TV box. We would expect to hear more about this in the coming days or weeks.

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