Kid discovers way to upgrade to iOS 5 now

iOS 5
Apple released the iOS 5 developer Beta on Monday

An extremely clever young Apple fan has discovered a way for iPhone owners to upgrade to iOS 5 now, without a developer account.

Apple announced the new mobile operating system at WWDC on Monday, and immediately launched a Beta copy for registered Apple developers, ahead of the autumn release for us regular Joes.

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However, this didn't satisfy aspiring young developer, Mert Erdir who sent Gizmodo full instructions on how to download iOS 5 right now through a carefully-crafted back door - without the hint of a jailbreak.

Exploited flaw

His simple hack involves downloading the IPSW firmware file from the web and updating the software through some neat right-click trickery from within the iTunes 'check for new software' menu.

Mert then demonstrates how to activate the operating system on your iPhone, with a series of multi-touch moves that reminded us of Pai Mei's Five Point Palm Exploding Heart technique from Kill Bill: Volume 2.

The hack exploits an activation system flaw by using the Voice Over functionality on the iPhone.

Hey presto! A fully activated version of iOS 5 for the iPhone!

"I want to meet Steve"

Istanbul-based Mert says he wanted to get the attention of Apple, in the hope of meeting Steve Jobs and fulfilling his dream of becoming a developer for the company he loves.

He says: "My will is not to do something harmful to anyone, I just wanted to get the attention of Apple, the company I'm in love with; and maybe one day have a chance to talk to/meet Steve Jobs himself.

"I found this because I don't have much cash to get an iOS developer account, so donations for a young developer will be appreciated."

Feel like rewarding him for getting iOS 5 a few months early? Contact him on Twitter.

And you can check out T3's video of iOS 5 from WWDC.