Early access to Apple's iOS 5? Nice idea in theory, stupid for most of us
A hack that allows you to upgrade to Apple's iOS 5 without a developer account is all the rage. Developers got access to iOS 5 on Monday and it was quickly accessed via a backdoor for the masses. This move sounds great in theory, but the average bear should steer clear.
The big tech news today is that you can upgrade to Apple's iOS 5 without a developer account. Developers got access to iOS 5 on Monday and it was quickly accessed via a backdoor for the masses. This move sounds great in theory, but the average bear should steer clear.
Gizmodo got the ball rolling by highlighting a developer that found out how to get Apple's iOS. There's a security flaw in the activation screen and there's a how-to video worth a look.
There is one significant caveat though: Once you get Apple iOS 5 you "will not be able to connect to a carrier." That disclaimer is one huge caveat.
Naturally, the tech press is all over it. You download an iOS 5 IPSW file and get rolling. We've got screenshots of iOS 5 all over the place. We've got code pointing to iPhone and iPad updates. And we've got a lot of yapping about iOS 5. Read these accounts and this early access to iOS 5 almost sounds like a good idea.
What does this mean for you? Buyer beware.
For starters, you're accessing an Apple security flaw to get iOS 5. This flaw will be patched if it hasn't been already.
The how-to is basically making you a hacker, which can be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing.
If you happen to be a paying iPhone customer downloading iOS 5 will get you a bandwidth free device since you can't connect to your carrier.
It's not quite clear how you will reconnect to your carrier.
And unless you happen to have two iPhones lying around it makes absolutely no sense to try this iOS 5 thing.
In other words, iOS 5 is great for the headlines today, but most of us can wait until the fall for it.