Apple TV iOS apps get native full-screen 720p resolution treatment [UPDATE: VIDEO]

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Yesterday we told you about two developers taking it to themselves to bring iOS applications to the Apple TV in a native experience, showcasing a video where they managed to get apps running side-by-side. Today, they’ve managed another breakthrough: full-screen 720p resolution.

As 9to5mac reports, “The port was initially able to run multiple applications side-by-side on a display connected to an Apple TV, but now the developers have figured out a way to run iPad applications —because of the artwork resolution— at a full 720p resolution.” When you ran apps on the iPhone, you said it couldn’t get better. Then came the iPad and you felt “Wow! This is it!” Now, with things getting even bigger, the possibilities of what apps can really do are beyond limits.

Also, since the developers have achieved this feat by rewriting the springboard itself, further innovation on the project cannot be ruled out as it is all unexplored territory.

Developer Troughton-Smith already has some big hopes: “Remember how the unofficial iPhone applications back in ‘07 forced Apple’s hand in creating an App Store? I’d like Apple TV to get the same treatment.”

Via 9to5mac

Update: We have a video…

Developers hack Apple TV to run iOS apps side-by-side (video)

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” ?

Via 9to5mac