Another geeky post. Thanks to the generosity of a friend who has an Apple Developer Account adding my iPhone to the list of eligible devices to take beta versions of the operating system, which has enabled me to install iOS 5 on my iPhone 4. I am impatient, after all.
First job was to install the beta for iTunes 10.5 – this was actually a slight nuisance, with me using Windows Vista on my laptop (more through habit than desire!) it didn’t seem to like installing over the old iTunes, however a remove and log-in as Administrator a clean install worked much better.
Once installed I attached my iPhone, once it appears hold down shift and hit restore and point to the IPSW file I downloaded – et voila, after a chunk of time the new operating system is installed. Upon installation the phone offered the chance to set up without a computer- nervousness meant I instead directed iTunes to grab my old phone info and sync.
The first big benefit from the new iOS is the ability to continue using your phone whilst it syncs (which was possible through jailbroken phones). Also I noticed that it was installing three apps at the same time rather than one at a time (obviously it might have done that anyway, you can’t normally see though – however later a multiple-app update later did the same thing – woo!).
Notification center is cool, I like it a lot. iMessage is an awesome idea – obviously rather limited at the moment since I don’t know many people who’ve taken the plunge! Love the idea of Reminders – although the address based ones seem rather hamstrung that you have to pick an address from your contents rather than just entering a postcode. Meh. Disappointing.
Everything else has been fine though, the only buglet I’ve noticed is that my playlists in the iPod app (which is now called Music) are in an arbitrary order rather than alphabetic. A relatively small matter – although if you’re a bigger playlist user than me it could prove a frustration for you!
I’m not really bothered by NewsStand, and as it’s technically a folder it can’t be hidden away like I do with the Stocks and Contacts apps in a folder – so I’ve just dumped it on the last page. iCloud is limited at the moment – it’s only a first Beta after all!
I took the opportunity to have a real cull of apps I don’t really use too, so all in all it’s been quite a productive evening of farting around on my own technology rather than Rich’s! That said, Rich did provide me with a case of Magners Pear Cider in exchange for my laptop recovery services, so all is certainly not lost!
As for iOS 5 – if you’re an unfeasibly impatient sod like me then go for it, it has definite benefits – highlights for me are the notification centre and the ability to use your phone whilst syncing. Also it appears to have enabled personal hotspot without the need for the pay-for service that my network provider would usually try to levy.
If you want to go for it – then you will need to find somebody with an Apple Developer Account to add your iPhone’s UDID to their account. Some unscrupulous people are charging cash for this, others seem more magnanimous. Should you wish to proceed, then you can find the relevant files here:
But remember that you need to register your phone’s UDID, and definitely remember that this isn’t something you’ll get much sympathy for should you fuck it up! iPhones aren’t designed to be able downgrade the operating system. So do it at your own risk!!