Web browser on ATV4K

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  1. RecentlyConverted macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I really would like a web browser on my Apple TV, especially if I get a HomePod. It doesn’t seem Apple will do one or allow an app any time soon, if ever. I have seen one you can add via Xcode. Is there various versions out there? Can anyone recommend one over the other? Are there any security implications?

    Thanks
     
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6

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  3. Scott Davilla macrumors regular

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    Someone did an experimental one in the vary early days.
     
  4. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    If there is one that you can side load through Xcode, it'd likely use a WebKit web view. i.e. it'd be like running Safari (backend only). I haven't checked if that's actually in the AppleTV SDK, but I'd assume it is for various smaller use cases inside apps, and therefore I'd assume that's the way it'd be used. For that reason, it'd be pretty much as secure as Safari on iOS.

    But I don't know of any web browser project for TV. I'm just making logical assumptions :)
     
  5. Scott Davilla macrumors regular

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    WebKit is marked prohibited for tvOS but that's trivial to bypass.
     

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