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Apple TV hacked to allow the running of full-screen iPad apps

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Your Apple TV is already an iOS device, so why not make it act a little bit more like its tablet and smartphone siblings? A pair of iOS developers, Steven Troughton-Smith and TheMudKip, have come up with a hack that allowed a 2nd generation Apple TV (jailbroken, ‘natch) to run iOS apps at full resolution, according to The Verge. It’s not publicly available for anyone to use just yet, but the news should bring hope to those who’d like to get a little more out of the dimunitive Apple device.

The Apple TV devices use a modified version of iOS already, and second generation models are powered by an A4 processor. That’s the same CPU used in the iPad, iPhone 4 and fourth-gen iPod Touch. TheMudKip took the first steps in the process, designing a custom home screen for the Apple TV to use. Troughton-Smith then set to work on making iOS apps play nice and run at a full-screen 720p resolution.

You can check out a video showing off the hack below. You can also follow the continuing development on Twitter, via Troughton-Smith and TheMudKip‘s respective feeds.