In an era where anything and everything is subject to hacking, especially if it’s an Apple device, a couple of developers — one of them previously responsible for porting iPhone 4S’ exclusive personal assistant Siri to older iPhones — have hacked an Apple TV to run iOS apps side-by-side.
Developer Steven Troughton-Smith, with help from another developer named TheMudKip, has added iOS application functionality to the Apple TV. The tweaking is still in its early stages, but the concept of running applications was at least proven. To run iOS apps on the Apple TV, the software that powers the app launcher, the iOS Springboard, had to be rewritten. And while in the process of rewriting the springboard, another new feature was discovered: Side-by-side apps.
This side-by-side concept was actually first demonstrated back in WWDC 2011 on an iPad, but is much more powerful and important on a device like an Apple TV. For instance, you can use different chat applications for different services simultaneously. That’s what you call multitasking with style!
By the way, did you hear Siri abusing a 12yr old kid, asking him to “shut the f*** up” ?