Many people out there heard about the Apple TV Jailbreak and ran out the same day to buy an Apple TV device, only to find out that the third generation cannot yet be jailbroken. Some of those people returned to the Apple store to return the devices for a refund, others have decided to hold onto it until the Apple TV 3 Jailbreak is released, which might not be until next year according to reliable sources.
We’re going to show you a few ways that you can take advantage of your Apple TV 3′s full functionality by using a work-around to play content through XBMC on your television using the Apple TV 3. This isn’t quite as exciting as a jailbreak, but it’ll definitely give you a little bit of use out of your unit. It’s important to remember that the options below rely on the ATV3′s mirroring capabilities, which require that your device be updated to the latest iOS 5 version firmware, you’ll also need your device to be on the same internet network.
HOW TO WATCH XBMC ON YOUR APPLE TV 3 UNTIL JAILBREAK IS RELEASED
- iPad or iPhone Mirroring – You can easily jailbreak your iPhone or iPad then Install XBMC. Once that’s done, you’ll be able to trigger mirroring and watch whatever you see on your mobile tablet screen, directly on your television through your Apple TV. It’s cool because you can control it through the touchscreen which is quite simple to use. You can even play games on the big screen now, Angry Birds here we go!
- Mountain Lion Operating System – Apple Computers purchased after Mid 2011 (Early 2011 for MacBook Pro) can instantly mirror their screens directly onto any television through the Apple TV 3. There’s a little icon on the task bar at the top of the screen which can automatically be used to display your computer content onto your television set. Install XBMC on your Mac OS computer and you’ll be good to go. Surf the Web, or give business presentations with the help of this feature as well.
- AirParrot – Using AirParrot’s software, you can mirror your Windows or Mac computer screen directly onto your television as well, without the need to upgrade to Mountain Lion, and it works on pretty much any computer, regardless of technical specifications. After you’ve installed XBMC to your computer you’ll be able to watch instantly. It’s very easy to use as well. Browse the Internet on the television, or show slideshows to your friends without difficulty.
Aside from the above options, you can always use AirPlay through iTunes and Home Sharing on your Apple TV 3 in order to watch video content and listen to your music library. Each of the options we’ve described are quite feasable and don’t require any technical capabilities or experience whatsoever. It’s also probably a good idea to check out the Radio function of the ATV3, it’s pretty cool too and allows you to listen to a wide variety of music from many genres.
Hopefully you’ll now find some previously hidden use for your Apple TV 3, because as we all know, the Netflix and iTunes databases don’t contain much of a diverse selection at all, so without XBMC you’re sure out of luck. Enjoy the experience and bear with us while we patiently await the Apple TV 3 Jailbreak, which could as we’ve said before take quite some time.