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03-17-2012, 03:25 PM #1
[How To] Install iPhoto On Your iOS 5.0.1 Device
When Apple unveiled iPhoto for the iOS device lineup, they officially completed the mobile iLife application set. iPhoto makes it fun and easy to manage and edit your photographs on your iDevice. Unfortunately, they made it so it would only install on iOS 5.1 devices. This was purely meant to screw around with jailbreakers as it turns out iPhoto runs perfectly fine on iOS 5.0.1; even when jailbroken. This is a guide to show you how to install iPhoto on your iOS 5.0.1 jailbroken iDevice and anyone is capable of doing this. Note that this is done at your own risk.
You will need:
- A jailbroken iOS 5.0.1 device with OpenSSH installed
- An SSH application (we used Transmit)
- A text editor (we used TextEdit)
The first step in getting ready to get iPhoto on your iOS 5.0.1 device is to trick the App Store into thinking you are running iOS 5.1. To do this, we simply have to edit a '.plist' file. For this, you will need to SSH into your iPhone and navigate to: /System/Library/CoreServices and then open SystemVersion.plist with a text editing application. Once open, edit the string indicating that you are running 5.0.1 so it says 5.1 instead. After that, save the file and make sure the changes saved correctly on your iDevice. If they did, then respring the iDevice and move on to the next step. If they didn't then try again:
After you respring the iDevice subsequent to editing the '.plist' file, you can launch the App Store and purchase and download iPhoto. Wait patiently as it downloads and installs as we cannot move on until the application is physically on the iDevice. Don't try launching the application when it finishes installing because it will simply crash.
Once you’re finished installing iPhoto, launch the Cydia application and search for and install iPhoto501Fix by iOS developer typ0s2d10. This jailbreak tweak is free and will patch iPhoto to make it run in an iOS 5.0.1 environment even though it was intended to only run in an iOS 5.1 environment:
After Cydia finishes installing the tweak, you will be prompted to respring. Congratulations! – Enjoy iPhoto on your iOS 5.0.1 device:
Once finished installing and patching iPhoto, navigate to: /System/Library/CoreServices and then open SystemVersion.plist with a text editing application. Once open, edit the string indicating that you are running 5.1 so it says 5.0.1 instead. After that, save the file and make sure the changes saved correctly on your iDevice. If they did, then respring. This will set your system-wide version back to iOS 5.0.1 and iPhoto will still run normally.
This is very important. Editing SystemVersion.plist is dangerous – it can cause unexpected behavior from Cydia and from other tweaks and applications. Saurik explained this on a different forum – here's a quote:
My official position is that once you edit that file you enter "game over" and need to restore: many things use the firmware version to find out what they need to do at any given moment, or what is compatible with your specific system, and faking it out is going to make all of that unhappy. The people who care about iPhoto on this device should /not/, under any circumstance, be recommending firmware changing behavior: they should write a Substrate extension that modifies the App Store to bypass this check for this one particular application.
In the case of a 4S, you can get yourself really really screwed: eventually (after a reboot, upgrade, etc.), Cydia is going to notice that you somehow managed to install Corona on a "5.1" device (which Corona is not compatible with), and it will queue an uninstall of your untether. The next jailbreak the device will not be jailbroken anymore, I am pretty certain absinthe will balk (and even if not, "re-jailbreaking" causes all kinds of other problems), and a restore isn't possible anymore (unless you want to upgrade to the currently-unjailbreakable 5.1).
Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 03-20-2012 at 11:38 AM.
03-17-2012, 03:42 PM #2
So... would this work with other apps that require 5.1 such as iMovie?
03-17-2012, 03:43 PM #3
03-17-2012, 03:45 PM #4
Doesn't work, just repeatedly changes the file back to 5.0.1
03-17-2012, 03:47 PM #5
Lovely... this is why I love jailbreaking! Everyone asks why do I jailbreak.. this is a great reason!
03-17-2012, 03:47 PM #6
03-17-2012, 03:48 PM #7
very nice but can you tell me where to download the iphone background that shows in the pic
03-17-2012, 04:13 PM #8
I'm confused, I installed iPhoto on my iPad ios 5.0.1 without doing this yet it still works?
03-17-2012, 04:16 PM #9
Does this work on an iPod touch?
03-17-2012, 04:24 PM #10
Or you can do it the good way. There is a tweak in cydia that I have had for days now that fixes it.
03-17-2012, 04:36 PM #11
Hmm. Is there anything in iPhoto that Photogene can't do???
03-17-2012, 04:38 PM #12
don' t reboot inbetween steps, cydia will uninstall corona and you loose untether - set plist back to 5.01 in any case, if not on reboot you will loose untether!!
03-17-2012, 05:20 PM #13
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03-17-2012, 05:26 PM #15
would be cool to get chronicdev or saurik to change corona to accept fake 5.1 too
03-17-2012, 05:34 PM #16
I highly recommend using iFile to do this.
03-17-2012, 05:59 PM #17
I did this and it works fine until I synced with iTunes and it comes up saying that iPhoto wasn't installed because you need to be on 5.1...but just went and installed it again
03-17-2012, 06:06 PM #18
There's an app for this in cydia called like iPhoto fix 5.0.1
03-17-2012, 06:08 PM #19
I've installed the photo fix...but that's iTunes for you it knows your on 5.0.1
03-17-2012, 06:20 PM #20
I found an issue with backing up to iTunes, iTunes keeps saying the computer is not authorised for this app and when u click to authorise it says computer is authorised (computer 3 out of 5) and then repeats the process!