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How To Upgrade Your iPhone 4 or iPad 2 To iOS 5 Now

What could well be the simplest ever way of upgrading your iOS device to a new beta firmware has been published by a reader from Gizmodo, the website which attracted much attention when it published pictures of the iPhone 4 last year.

Apple is likely to be unappreciative of the publication of this article as well, given that it has already attracted more than 150,000 views since its publication a few hours ago.

Kudos first to Mert Erdir who wants to be a pro developer and says that he just wants to get the attention of Apple, the company he's in love with.

The method he published exploits a security vulnerability related to the Voice Over System, and while it might just be a rather straight forward process, be warned that users will be proceeding at their own risk.

First you need to download the iOS 5 IPSW which is currently in beta AND available from Google or from popular torrent websites. Just be careful not to follow any dodgy links and sites that may ask you for payment.

Then connect your iDevice to your computer and iTunes and then click on the "Check for update" while pressing on the Shift key (in Windows) and select the appropriate IPSW file.

After it has updated, a new activation screen will appear, at which point you need to activate the iOS 5. The rest of the procedure can be found here (opens in new tab).

Note that there are contradicting reports as to whether you will be able to downgrade to iOS 4.3.3 afterwards, whether you will be able to unlock your iPhone or if you will be able to make phone calls at all.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.