Changing iOS ipsw file to support another older device... Instead of jailbreaking.

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Jakeh9777, Jul 26, 2016.

  1. Jakeh9777 macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2016
    I am wondering if it is possible to change iOS ipsw kernel. What I mean it to take like the iPod touch 6th iOS10 and change it to it is able to install on iPod Touch 5 (without jailbreaking). Kinda what cyanogenmod to run newer Android OS on older no longer supported devices. So it's pure iOS 10 on an unsupported device. I know you can change a few things in an ipsw and some kinda do custom Roms (like Whited00r) but more real just changing the hardware with the ipsw to support and run on the older device. I think it is possible even though iOS is not open source like Android but if the device is pretty close in size and hardware there just needs to be a few tweaks in compatibility. I don't want to jailbreak I just want to get the new iOS features (that Apple did not ones from Cydia hacks) on an older device. It sounds hard but I think it is possible... Making an older device like the iPod touch 5 run iOS 10.
  2. MacCubed macrumors 68000


    Apr 26, 2014
    Sorry, but it's impossible... The drivers aren't there, and the iOS source code is extremely well protected, so you won't be able to obtain it. As you said, WhiteD00r is just a custom .ipsw, that is themed to match iOS 7. In a few months when iOS 10 is jailbroken, JB Devs should be able to replicate the features in iOS 10 and make them available on iOS 9.
  3. Jakeh9777 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2016
    Well it might be possible have to grab the drivers from iOS 9 and try to make them work with iOS 10. If people can get macOS Sierra running on older unsupported Macs I think that same can be tried on iOS. Doesn't hurt to try. Just need a group of people to work on it.
  4. SuperKerem macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2012
    United Kingdom
    It is not possible. It took developers nearly a year to find a semi-tethered userland exploit to jailbreak iOS 9.3, for goodness sake.

    It is not a matter of "grabbing drivers". A bootrom/kernel exploit is required and you have no idea how difficult this is.

    On the other hand, Android devices and Macs have no such protection.

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