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Want iOS 4.2 on Your iPad? Get Your UDID Handy

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 26 comments

At Apple's most recent conference, Steve Jobs announced that iOS 4.2 for the iPad would be arriving sometime in November. That's a long time to wait for many iPad owners.

In its current state, the iPad is rather gimped at iOS 3.x and while it's good, it could be so much better with all the features that were introduced with the iPhone 4. Multitasking, folders, etc., are all missing. And frankly, with its screen real-estate, the iPad would be great at multitasking.

If you want to try out iOS 4.2 however, you'll have to be signed up to the Developer Program at Apple and register your iPad's UDID number, which uniquely identifies your device, and allows you to install a beta firmware. Registration is required because iTunes will authenticate with Apple.

So what if you don't have a developer account? Not to worry, MacGeekBlog has launched a site, allowing you to register your iPad's UDID number with them. It may take up to 24 hours for registration to go through with Apple, but once it's completed, you'll be able to install 4.2 on your iPad. We're told however, that the process actually only takes several short hours on average.

The registration is free, but signing your UDID to MacGeekBlog's dev account requires $6, which is significantly cheaper than paying the $99 fee to enter the developer program yourself with Apple.

Instructions are on the site. Check it out

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    dan117 , September 18, 2010 10:59 PM
    99$ for the closed beta vs 0$ for Android open source code...
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    bhamx2 , September 18, 2010 10:24 PM
    In reality is November really that long a wait .....
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    nforce4max , September 18, 2010 10:33 PM
    Dude a fee just to have a dev account what a ripoff. FanBoy Porn.
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  • 15 Hide
    bhamx2 , September 18, 2010 10:24 PM
    In reality is November really that long a wait .....
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    nforce4max , September 18, 2010 10:33 PM
    Dude a fee just to have a dev account what a ripoff. FanBoy Porn.
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    dan117 , September 18, 2010 10:59 PM
    99$ for the closed beta vs 0$ for Android open source code...
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    warezme , September 18, 2010 11:49 PM
    to apple folks.., how do you like being held by the nads by Apple?
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    lp231 , September 19, 2010 12:01 AM
    If another company charges a microscopic fee of 5 cents to enter their dev team. Those people will start crying and create a protest right at their HQ with pitch forks and torches. But if Apple charges $99 or even $10,000 to enter this "exclusive" club they will pony up and say it's "reasonable".
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    Freakykiwi , September 19, 2010 12:28 AM
    For anyone looking at doing this - you will need a current IOS development environment in place to install the beta firmware onto your device which, this includes the latest version of OSX and Xcode installed onto a Mac.
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    eklipz330 , September 19, 2010 12:37 AM
    smh even my cousin in law has one... about to disown him
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    theoutbound , September 19, 2010 12:55 AM
    This is absurd. Both the limitations of the beta and charging for developer accounts. Developing for any hardware should be free of charge, whether it's a PC or an embedded device. A lot of money can be made from app sales alone. There is no need in screwing developers out of the ability to easily write software by charging a relatively small amount of money compared to what they will make when the app is released. Kudos to MacGeekBlog for at least limiting the amount so anyone can try out the new iOS without having to fork over $100.
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    kelemvor4 , September 19, 2010 3:22 AM
    warezmeto apple folks.., how do you like being held by the nads by Apple?

    I'm sure they consider it a privilege and honor.
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    dEAne , September 19, 2010 3:41 AM
    What about privacy, I cannot opt for that.
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    sundragon , September 19, 2010 3:43 AM
    wow, with all the Apple haters posting all the love, it's starting to sound like like you're a little jealous cuz there's no Android tablet worth buying much less signing up for a beta test... Let's keep the trolling and hate flowing! I love what Tom's is becoming...
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    eddieroolz , September 19, 2010 5:00 AM
    Just wait till Apple blocks MacGeekBlog's account.
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    HibyPrime , September 19, 2010 5:11 AM
    sundragonwow, with all the Apple haters posting all the love, it's starting to sound like like you're a little jealous cuz there's no Android tablet worth buying much less signing up for a beta test... Let's keep the trolling and hate flowing! I love what Tom's is becoming...


    I know, I used to have a lot more respect for tom's users. These days half the comments you read are apple bashing, its kind of sad really.

    In this case, $99 isn't unreasonable. Anyone thats bashing here ever looked at the prices to join the MSDN? $699 upfront and $499 annually is the minimum amount.

    Apple has its faults, and it has a lot of them. The reason they are so well liked isn't that Apple users are idiots, its that Apples products, while still flawed, have far less flaws than a Dell machine for example. Right now an android device may be just as good or better than the iPhone, but can you honestly say there were better smartphone options even a year ago?
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    nawat , September 19, 2010 6:08 AM
    HibyPrimeIn this case, $99 isn't unreasonable. Anyone thats bashing here ever looked at the prices to join the MSDN? $699 upfront and $499 annually is the minimum amount.


    I believe that it's free to develop a software on Windows Mobile platform using Visual Studio Express and XNA is also free.
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    Prince_Porter , September 19, 2010 7:50 AM
    XNA is free to write, but in order to actually submit any work to XBLIG you need to pay an annual fee of $100 USD. I'm not against this fee at all, just stating you were wrong on the XNA for the sake of knowledge.
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    compfreak93 , September 19, 2010 7:56 AM
    wow a 1 month wait is too long. ive been waiting for blackops since last december and for crysis 2 since god knows when.
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    nawat , September 19, 2010 8:11 AM
    Prince_PorterXNA is free to write, but in order to actually submit any work to XBLIG you need to pay an annual fee of $100 USD. I'm not against this fee at all, just stating you were wrong on the XNA for the sake of knowledge.

    Sorry, I meant that for on device development.
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    christopherknapp , September 19, 2010 11:42 AM
    dan11799$ for the closed beta vs 0$ for Android open source code...


    Making hundreds of thousands, possibly millions with the right app ... vs not making any on Android. I'm fairly certain that the developers of "Angry Birds" disagree with your logic.
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    DSpider , September 19, 2010 1:58 PM
    SmochinaWhat you morons don't realize is that those 99$ per year keeps all the retards from submitting crap apps like on android

    Jieah... Like the iTunes Store isn't full of clones already. Fart apps and flashlight apps galore.
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    Anonymous , September 19, 2010 9:08 PM
    You don't need to register your udid to use this. Installed on my iPad with no udid registered and iTunes 10 with no issue at all so don't pay anyone for it find it online if you want it. You also don't need the latest of Xcode to install it either as someone stated...incorrectly.
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