iOS 5 beta 2 and beta 1 have been released and many non developers have also got their hands on the ipsws. Now the issue with installing beta firmware on your device when you are not a developer is that the UDID of the device needs to be registered, and for that you need to be enrolled as a developer in the Developer Program which costs $100. So what to do now? Read on below to find out more.
Many online scams rip off money from users who just want to get their UDID's activated so that they can use beta firmware. So to save you all from that, here's a write up on how to hacktivate iOS 5 beta 2 on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch without any developers account. Let me assure you, once you have done this procedure, your device will sync normally with iTunes and will also allow you to use the network on your iPhone.
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Download iOS 5 beta 2 ipsw for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and also download iTunes 10.5 beta 2.
Step 2: Don't set up your device on iOS 5 just yet. First jailbreak your iOS device on iOS 5 beta 2 using either redsn0w or sn0wbreeze. Please note that this won't work on the iPad 2 as it can't be jailbroken right now. Boot your device tethered after the jailbreak and don't proceed with the set up procedure just yet.
Step 3: Basically, you need to navigate in to the filesystem of your iOS device and delete a certain key and string. To do that, you obviously need software. i-Funbox for Windows and iPhone Explorer for Mac are what you need.
Step 4: Launch whatever software you are going to use for this and navigate to this path: filesystem/library/coreservices/systemversion.plist. Right click on systemversion.plist and open it in the notepad. Now locate the following key and string: <key>ReleaseType</key> <string>beta</string>. You must remove this key and string and save the changes to the .plist file.
Step 5: Restart your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. That's it! Now connect it to iTunes and you'll see that it syncs flawlessly without a UDID registration. iPhone owners will also be able to use their networks.
*Note: Only those iPhone owners who have officially unlocked iPhones or carrier locked ones may upgrade to iOS 5 beta firmware as no software unlock for iOS 5 beta is available. Even Gevey interposer has been blocked in iOS 5 beta 2.
If you're on iOS 5 beta 1, don't worry as this procedure will also work on the first beta of iOS 5. Simply download iOS 5 beta 1 ipsw and follow the procedure documented here.
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