March 7 brought along quite a few releases with it. Prominent amongst these was iOS 5.1; the latest software update by Apple. Although the update fixes over 80 security issues and it is being rumored that it also reduces battery life issues that the majority of iPhone users complain of facing, a large chunk of people remain reluctant and refuse to upgrade to iOS 5.1. The reason is simple; installing the latest version would leave users without an untethered jailbreak.
Although a tethered jailbreak was released by the iPhone Dev Team just one day after Apple’s iPad event, a lot of people would prefer to remain on iOS 5.0.1 to enjoy an untethered jailbreak. Another disadvantage of upgrading to iOS 5.1 is that once you do so, you cannot downgrade back to iOS 5.0.1. This is due to the fact that Apple has stopped signing that particular firmware.
This brings along another problem with it. Another of Apple’s releases last Wednesday was the iPhoto app. This fresh release allows iDevice users to edit their pictures on the go and is therefore perfect for people who use their smartphone camera as their primary camera. Highly appreciated, the app has a lot of positives, but one major drawback as well. The app requires your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch to be running iOS 5.1, making it useless for people who do not want to upgrade to the latest firmware for the aforementioned reason.
This basically means that jailbreakers aren’t supposed to get their hands on it. As always, the jailbreak community has found a way around and made it possible for devices running iOS 5.0.1 to get iPhoto by hoodwinking the App Store and making it believe that a device is running iOS 5.1, when it isn’t.
This duplicity works as far as installation of the app is concerned but scanning the device photo library causes the app to crash.
Enters typ0s2d10- a developer – who released ‘iPhoto501Fix’. The name is self-evident; this plug-in prevents the app from crashing. The need to upgrade to iOS 5.1 to be able to enjoy iPhoto is bypassed. This is especially useful for users who have already spent $4.99 on the app and don’t want to have to see it go to waste.
The tweak is available free of cost in the Cydia Store. Clearly, this is only for jailbroken devices. Downloading the plug-in will allow users to install and actually be able to use iPhoto on unsupported iOS firmware.
Follow the steps below to Install or Fix the Crash issues of iPhoto on iOS 5.0.1:
1. Make sure you have iPhoto installed on your device.
2. Open Cydia, Search for iPhoto501Fix and Install it.
3. Once installed successfully, restart springboard.
The app should no longer crash when an attempt to scan the photo library is made.
Please note that iPhoto needs to be installed on your device before iPhoto501Fix is installed from Cydia.