A person going by the screen-name of Intell at the ifans.com forums has come up with a hack to get the iPad up and running with FaceTime, Apple’s video chatting feature currently only available for the iPhone 4.
The iPad is poised to start supporting FaceTime calls natively thanks to the addition of at least one front-facing camera expected to emerge in the second iteration of Apple’s popular tablet computer.
The current iPad does not boast cameras, nor FaceTime support, yet a code-savvy ifans forum user was able to install Apple’s FaceTime app on an original iPad, and got it to work.
Naturally, calls cannot be made with the iPad, but can be received and answered, according to a video posted by the hacker as evidence of his feat.
Those who would like to replicate this hack on their own Apple tablets are being told to play it safe, as there are some risks involved.
Intell suggests the hack may ultimately even break the iPad. Nonetheless, he proceeds to post the necessary steps for those who wish to accomplish it.
Conference.framework, IMCore.framework MobilePhone.app, ConferenceRegistrationSettings.bundle, AVFoundation.framework, Celestial.framework, and the UISounds folder all from iPod Touch 4 4.2.1 firmware and a Jailbroken iPad running 4.2.1 (works on untethered and tethered).”
A long set of instructions then follows (17 steps, to be precise).
He also asks readers to note that “there have been some reports of this hack not properly working with the iPhone 4 files”.
Intell adds that “If someone wants to risk Apple's copyright people and make a Cydia deb out of this you have my permission to do so. I just ask that you give credit to me, Intell of Macrumors.”
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