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Saturday, December 31, 2011

[HOW-TO] - Untethered jailbreak of the latest 4.4.4 (iOS 5.0.1 - 9A406a) Apple TV2 using Seas0nPass

Seas0nPass supports a untethered jailbreak of the latest 4.4.4 (iOS 5.0.1 - 9A406a) AppleTV software. Full details on what's new in 4.4.4 can be found here.
Download Links
Seas0nPass for Mac [10.6 or later]
Seas0nPass for Windows [XP or later]
Video tutorial
Troubleshooting tips

Pre-launch checklist

  1. Latest version of iTunes.
  2. Latest version of Seas0nPass (use links above).
  3. micro USB cable.
  4. Disconnect any iPods, iPhones, and iPads from your computer.

Using Seas0nPass to jailbreak the AppleTV

Step 1: Unzip the 'Seas0nPass.zip' file and launch Seas0nPass.
SP-launch.jpg
Step 2: Select the 'Create IPSW' button to start the jailbreak process.
SP-main2.jpg
Step 3: The latest AppleTV software will be downloaded and used to create a custom 'jailbroken' software file.
SP-create.jpg
Step 4: When prompted, connect your AppleTV to your Mac/PC using a micro-USB cable (leave power cable disconnected).
Once the light on the front of the AppleTV begins to flash rapidly, point the remote at the AppleTV and hold both the MENU and PLAY/PAUSE buttons for 7 seven seconds.
Note: This step will require the silver (aluminum) AppleTV remote that was included with the ATV2. The older, white (plastic) remotes will not work.
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Step 5: iTunes will open automatically and start the restore process.
 SP-itunes.jpg
Step 6: iTunes will confirm the restore when complete - your AppleTV is now jailbroken!
Note: To confirm the jailbreak was successful a (temporary) red FC logo will appear in the lower right corner of the screen - as shown below.
sp-success.jpg

Using Seas0nPass for a 'tethered boot'

Some AppleTV software versions require a tethered boot. This means the AppleTV must be connected to a computer for a brief moment during startup.
Note: The tethered boot steps described below are not required when using the latest 4.4.4 AppleTV software.
Note 2: The AppleTV MUST be disconnected from the computer (for at least a brief moment) after restoring in iTunes for the tethered boot process below to work properly.
Step 1: Open Seas0nPass and select the 'Boot Tethered' option.
SP-main2.jpg
Step 2: When prompted, connect the AppleTV to your computer via USB. Wait for the rapid flashing light then connect the power. Once both are connected hold both the 'MENU' and 'PLAY/PAUSE' buttons for 7 seven seconds.
SP-tetherprompt.jpg
Step 3: Seas0nPass will complete the tethered boot automatically. Once complete, remove the USB cable and connect the HDMI cable.
Note: Timing is key. Once the you receive the success message shown below, the USB cable should be removed and HDMI cable connected before the light on the front of the AppleTV stops flashing. (Don't worry there is ample to do this, so you don't need Superman speed).
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[Source: Seas0nPass]

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