Monday, September 20, 2010

iOS4 on a 2G iPhone - almost

I've been playing with Whited00r on my 2G iPhone recently. This is a way to run many of the features introduced with iOS4 to older hardware. It's not actually running iOS4 on the older equipment, however, it's a port of version 3.1.3 that replicates some of the newer features. It also jailbreaks the phone obviously.

New features that the port has include:

  • Mutlifunctionallity (works very nicely)
  • Tethering
  • Passcode
  • MMS
  • Voice control
  • Wallpapers and icons from iOS4

What it doesn't have yet include:

  • Folders (shame, I'd like this)

To install, you need to download the Whited00r software and the 3.1.3 firmware. Create a custom firmware by following the instructions in the download from whited00r. Select if you use iTunes to initiate your phone service or not. This will create a custom firmware for you to use with your iPhone. Put the iPhone into DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode (press sleep and off button simultaneously for 10 seconds then release the sleep button and continue to hold the home button for 10 more seconds) and install the custom firmware  (use restore in iTunes but press the option key down to select the appropriate file).

That's the what and how. I have this modification on my iPhone but, as I don't use the phone as my principal phone (ATT really sucks locally), I don't use it on a device that's critical to me. It works fine except that you have to reinstall all of your data each time (no update). That's okay but it takes time to reload my music, movies and apps and you loose stuff like game top scores (if that matters to you). The multifunctionality is nice and works very well but I don't use it that much (it's a good quick-switcher between programs though). So it can be done but, without folders (that would allow me to load more apps on the iPhone), I'm not seeing an over-riding reason why one would want to.

I try this stuff out so you don't have to (….in the morning).

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