New Apple TV Hacked to Run Web Browser [Video]

New Apple TV Hacked to Run Web Browser [Video]

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The new Apple TV has been hacked to run a web browser.

Developer Steven Troughton-Smith's has created tvOSBrowser, a very simplistic browser created for tvOS using a private API (aka UIWebView). Using tvOSBrowser, developer jvanakker posted a video demonstrating the Apple TV 4 browsing the web.

The browser allows for basic navigation. Tapping the top of the touch area on the Apple TV Remote lets you switch between cursor and scroll mode. Clicking the touch area clicks the webpage. Press the menu button navigates back, and pressing the Play/Pause button lets you input URLS. At this time there is no fuzzy matching or auto-search.

Unfortunately, Apple is not allowing apps to include UIWebViews as of yet so this can't be released on the tvOS App Store. However, we're hopeful that the company will change its mind as Apple TV apps become more popular.

Take a look at the video below...

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Gavin Creber - November 10, 2015 at 2:58pm
That was not HACKED to run a Browser, I have it on mine and the source code is available on GitHub here: https://github.com/steventroughtonsmith/tvOSBrowser and anyone with a mac and or dev account can have it on.
dragance - November 9, 2015 at 5:43pm
ATV just needs NAS streaming out of the box and whole world with purchase this toy.
The iDevice Pro - November 6, 2015 at 8:49pm
All he has to do is upload it to a file sharing site, or host it himself, and anyone could install it with Xcode 7. To hell with the TVos App Store.
Spawn - November 6, 2015 at 7:21pm
Oh my, who can top this hack?! :-)
Ratfink - November 6, 2015 at 7:16pm
Me Want - Now !!
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