Friday, March 16, 2012

How to install iPhoto on a first generation iPad (also on IOS 5.0.1)

During last keynote, along with the new iPad, Apple presented an IOS version of its famous iPhoto application. I'm not a big fan of the iPad, but I like to use it as a little backup for my photos while traveling! 

As soon as I've seen the keynote, I would like to try iPhoto on my girlfriend's first generation iPad but, guess what? iPhoto is not officially available for iPad 1... I hate when Apple puts this kind of limitation to let you buy new stuff!!

Luckily rules are made to be broken :) So here they are: some easy steps to install iPhoto on the iPad 1, that actually runs pretty smooth.

Furthermore iPhoto is only available for IOS 5.1. So if you already updated your iPad to the last IOS 5.1 firmware you can skip these instructions and go straight to point 4.
Otherwise, if you don't want to lose your jailbreak, you must stay away from the 5.1, so we have to make the iPad think to be on the 5.1 :)

1 - Edit /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemVersion.plist changing the value from <string>5.0.1</string> to <string>5.1</string> using SSH (experts) or the iFile app available on cydia 2 - restart or respring your iPad 
3 - Now Settings -> General -> About -> Version must be 5.1
4 - Download the iPhoto app from iTunes on your Mac or Pc
5 - Download iPhone Configuration Utility 3.5 for Mac OS X or iPhone Configuration Utility 3.5 for Windows
6 - Connect the iPad to your computer, wait for the iTunes to sync, then launch the iPhone Configuration Utility
7 - Locate iPhoto .ipa file (if you don't know how to do it read this) and add it to the Applications list using the Add button
8 - Now select the iPad on the left, choose the "Applications" tab, find iPhoto and click on Install

And we are done! Pretty easy :) 
Maybe iTunes will warn you that the app is incompatible: just ignore it :) 

Last thing you have to do if you are on 5.0.1 firmware: install iPhoto501Fix from cydia. iPhoto app will be more stable!

If you have any questions feel free to contact me on my Google+ page or leave a comment!

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