Youngster discovers shortcut to iOS 5 satisfaction

Youngster discovers shortcut to iOS 5 satisfactionOK, you Apple types, would you like to get your hands on iOS 5 right now instead of having to wait for the autumn like everyone else? Of course you would.

One solution, of course, is to become a developer, with Apple having already provided developers with a Beta version to get to grips with. Or you can follow in the footsteps of young Mert Erdir and simply stroll on through the back door.

Istanbul-based youngster Erdir isn't an Apple developer – at least not yet, anyway – but still managed to work out a way to upgrade straight away to the new Apple OS with a combination of simple hacking and multitouch trickery.

The youngster sent Gizmodo a video of his shortcut to iOS 5 goodness, which involves downloading the IPSW firmware file and updating the software via the Check for new software menu, before activating it via a flaw in the Voice Over feature on the iPhone.

Erdir says his dream is to meet Steve Jobs and become an Apple developer. “My will is not to do something harmful to anyone,” he reckons via Twitter. “I just wanted to get the attention of Apple, the company I'm in love with; and maybe one day have a chance to talk to/meet Steve Jobs himself.

“I found this because I don't have much cash to get an IOS Developer account, so donations for a young developer will be appreciated.”

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 8, 2011 at 12:11

CAUTION: You will not be able to revert to iOS 4.xx, unless you REALLY know your sh*t!!!!!!!! And there are thousands and thousands of tweets and forum posts talking bout crashes, freezes, random reboots and battery issues.
If you have an iphone or iPod Touch to play with, and you don't rely on it, by all means, get creative. But don't blame anyone :p

Infinite Element  Jun. 8, 2011 at 13:10

...Or you could not be an impatient **** and wait for a stable release. :)

vibeone  Jun. 8, 2011 at 13:12

Jan St.... I downgraded my iPad from 5 beta 1 to 4.3.3 with absolutely no problems. Wifi only, ipad 1.

Article not clear either- you need to shift-click the update/restore buttons to select the firmware file, rather than just updating and hoping.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 8, 2011 at 13:34

There does seem to be 'disagreement' about the restore. Many folks and apple-sites say, no, you cannot easily restore, while others say they did without a problem.
Since I have no iOS device at the moment, I'll shut up now.

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