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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.
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Written by Larry Dignan, Contributing Editor on

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.

Gallery: iOS 5 hands on (photos)

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.

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