During the revealing of the Apple TV, Steve Jobs made a confession that the Apple TV was an invention of one of his hobbies. Taking a closer look at The Apple TV, we see features of the Apple TV that have more meat and have something that will catch up in future rather than just being a creation of a hobby.
The biggest hint of this came from the introduction of the Airplay which uses iPhone and iPad as a streaming device and the Apple TV as just an output device.
Three hidden applications of the Apple TV are
iOS and third-party app support
The Apple TV Operating system is built on iOS which is the same used in iPhone, iTunes and iPad. With this, all the third applications which is built for the iTunes will be compatible with the Apple TV. Third-party apps such as MLB at Bat or ABC Player will be able to stream media to the set-top box with an Air-play button.
For now, the capability of using the iTune store as an application hub is not included in the Apple TV but in future Apple might open a TV App Store in a software update.
Just like all the mac devices can be jailbroken , the Apple TV will in future will be in the wish list of hackers. Hackers already have a start with the tool called Shatter, which is used to jailbreak the newest iPod Touch, already works with the Apple TV, according to the iPhone Dev Team.
The Apple TV runs an application called Lowtide — the software containing the set-top box’s media interface. With this, in future Lowtide might be extended to iOS devices which will mean that you can share media from the Apple TV to iPhone,iPod or iPad without the use of the Airplay button.
Lowtide isn’t readily available for Apple’s iOS mobile devices yet, but iOS developer Dustin Howett has already managed to load Lowtide on an iPod touch running iOS 4.1.