Original Mac Mini vs. new AppleTV
We’ve been able to verify that the Limera1n does work on AppleTVs (TUAW also) though no apps run on it and OpenSSH isn’t yet available. But soon, you’ll be able to punch though into your AppleTV box and have a pretty basic Unix machine with a command line interface and a significantly powerful GPU.
So what kind of computer do you get for $99 (and $64 for Apple’s N+1).
…or what fun toys does this have inside to exploit? From the teardown we know it has Bluetooth and FM. We also know from its specs that it has 10/100 Ethernet, Wifi N, USB and 720P HDMI video out (1280×720) which also carries digital audio. Internally it has a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8, 256MB of RAM and 8GB of storage.
With some significant hacking, these could make fantastic little DNS servers or Firewall/VPN/Routers. It shouldn’t be too hard to turn an Ethernet wired AppleTV into an Airport base station for instance. It might be a bit harder (or not) to turn it into a fantastic little NAS with the USB port on the back. At $99/ea these are going to be great hacking toys.
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