Technology is changing the way the world will watch video this upcoming year. XMBC is connecting with Apple to create versatility they have needed with downloading and streaming videos. XMBC has come a long way from its early Xbox media days. You may ask your self, what is XMBC? How will it help the performance of the iPad and Apple T.V.?
“XBMC Media Center (formerly Xbox Media Center) is a free and open source cross-platform media player and home entertainment system software with a 10-foot user interface designed for the living-room TV. Its graphical user interface allows the user to easily manage video, photos, podcasts, and music from a computer, optical disc, local network, and the internet using a remote control.”
This will allow for a for greater dynamic opportunities for the iPad, Apple T.V and even the iphone 4! The customer will be able to have 1080p video with a fast enough processor to take on anything. People will no longer be stuck with purely Apple productions, but have access to a broad range of videos for download through their portable devices and Apple T.V. XBMC is a great addition for Apple products and be an extension of entertainment for Apple products.
We were politely asked to keep quiet about this until today, but here’s the truth: XBMC now runs on the Apple A4, period. As in, there’s no reason why you can’t install that shiny new Apple TV 2 version of the media center software on your jailbroken iPad or iPhone 4 too. Find instructions at our more coverage link… then give the hackers and developers a cheer.
So you jailbroke your new Apple TV, only to realize that there’s not all that much to do at the top of Everest except rest and enjoy your accomplishment, eh? No need to trek back down the hill — there are a great many minds at work to leverage your new-found power into something truly useful. Like what, you say? Take a gander above. An second-generation Apple TV appeared at our doorstep this weekend with XBMC on board — decoding our 1080p HD content, complete with hardware acceleration, on Apple’s ARM silicon, and with only occasional choppiness.
If your sense of self-entitlement is wondering what took so long, don’t. We’re told that this isn’t a simple port, as the new Apple TV doesn’t share much with its older brother, and is an entirely different animal to develop for. The bulk of the work has been done, though, and as you can see in the video above, once you launch XBMC from the new Apple TV it is the same great experience you’ve come to love. The difference is, this time, the hardware you’re running it on costs just $99. This tiny box is finally beginning to feel magical… now, we’re just waiting on a simple installer so we can load it up ourselves.
Update: And just like that, the wait is over. If your jailbroken second-gen Apple TV is ready and you have the foggiest idea what “apt-get” does, you can install XBMC right now. Find instructions at our more coverage link below.
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