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'''SwitchBoard.app''' is one of Apple's internal utilities. It's a simple launcher of other utilities. Generally, it's the same set of applications (new test apps are created to test new features). It's usually located in the [[Apple_Internal_Apps#Internal_diagnostic_apps_known_from_beta_firmwares_and_prototypes|/AppleInternal/Applications]] folder along other internal applications. It usually finds the applications it needs to load in <code>/AppleInternal/Applications/SwitchBoard/</code>.Currently, there is no SwitchBoard binary available for public.
 
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{{About|the internal app launcher|the internal app store|Switchboard (App Store)}}
   
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'''SwitchBoard.app''' is one of Apple's internal utilities. It's a simple launcher of other utilities. Generally, it's the same set of applications (new test apps are created to test new features). It's usually located in the [[Apple_Internal_Apps#Internal_diagnostic_apps_known_from_beta_firmwares_and_prototypes|/AppleInternal/Applications]] folder along other internal applications. It usually finds the applications it needs to load in <code>/AppleInternal/Applications/SwitchBoard/</code>. Currently, there is no SwitchBoard binary available for public.
SwitchBoard and diagnostic utilities are copied onto the device during restore from special firmware bundles which are seeded only to Apple official service centers. It may be installed onto devices through [[PurpleRestore]]. Switchboard and its internal utilities are, in fact, present on all iDevices during manufacturing. The utilities run extensive tests on the devices, including sensors, thermal measurements and more - and only when all tests pass do the devices go through a final stage, which involves removing the debug utilities and installing the stock version of iOS.. This was made evident by a wave of alleged "prototypes" to have hit eBay during the fall of 2014. The "prototypes" in question were various iPhone 6 devices that, for one reason or another, did not get formatted fully, and thus remained with a full image of SwitchBoard, root access (via SSH running on the device's USB interface), and a full suite of debug utilities.
 
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SwitchBoard and diagnostic utilities are copied onto the device during restore from special firmware bundles which are seeded only to Apple official service centers. It may be installed onto devices through [[PurpleRestore]]. Switchboard and its internal utilities are, in fact, present on all iDevices during manufacturing. The utilities run extensive tests on the devices, including sensors, thermal measurements and more - and only when all tests pass do the devices go through a final stage, which involves removing the debug utilities and installing the stock version of iOS.
   
 
== Gallery ==
 
== Gallery ==
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
File:Switchboard.jpg|[[N88ap|iPhone 3GS]] running [[Sierra 7C108b]]
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File:Switchboard.jpg|[[N88AP|iPhone 3GS]] running [[Sierra 7C108b]]
File:SwitchBoard_4G.jpg|[[iPhone 4]] running Inferno(?) [[8A2130h]]
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File:SwitchBoard_4G.jpg|[[iPhone 4]] running [[ApexNanshan 8A2130h]]
File:SwitchBoard_iPod.png|[[iPod touch]] running [[Inferno 7C1023e]]
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File:SwitchBoard_iPod.png|[[N45AP|iPod touch]] running [[Inferno 7C1023e]]
File:IPad-prototype.JPG|[[iPad]] running SwitchBoard
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File:IPad-prototype.JPG|[[K48AP|iPad]] running SwitchBoard
File:SwitchBoard.jpg|[[N82ap|iPhone 3G]] or [[N88ap|iPhone 3GS]]
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File:SwitchBoard.jpg|[[M68AP|Original iPhone]] prototype running [[Alpine 4A57]]
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File:Switchboard_4G_1.jpeg| [[ApexNanshan 8A2130h]]
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File:IPhone5SwitchBoard.png| [[N61AP|iPhone 5]] running [[Sundance 10A23110z]]
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File:SwitchboardScreeniPhone6.png| [[N61AP|iPhone 6]] running [[Okemo 12A93311h]]
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File:IPad_mini_retina_ios7.jpeg| [[iPad mini 2|iPad Mini with retina display]] running [[InnsbruckTaos 11B64940j]]
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File:IMG 1281.JPG| Prototype [[iPhone 7]] running [[Whitetail 14A92340t]]
 
</gallery>
 
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The file structure of SwitchBoard.app:
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Entitlements.plist SwitchBoard
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Info.plist SwitchBoard-Settings.plist
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PkgInfo _CodeSignature
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ResourceRules.plist com.apple.SwitchBoard.plist
   
 
[[Category:Apple Internal Apps]]
 
[[Category:Apple Internal Apps]]

Latest revision as of 04:05, 13 April 2018

This article discusses software internally used by Apple.

Acquiring a copy without Apple's consent is illegal and may result in being scammed.
Engaging in illegal activity is not condoned. This information is provided for educational purposes only.

This page is about the internal app launcher. For the internal app store, see Switchboard (App Store).


SwitchBoard.app is one of Apple's internal utilities. It's a simple launcher of other utilities. Generally, it's the same set of applications (new test apps are created to test new features). It's usually located in the /AppleInternal/Applications folder along other internal applications. It usually finds the applications it needs to load in /AppleInternal/Applications/SwitchBoard/. Currently, there is no SwitchBoard binary available for public.

SwitchBoard and diagnostic utilities are copied onto the device during restore from special firmware bundles which are seeded only to Apple official service centers. It may be installed onto devices through PurpleRestore. Switchboard and its internal utilities are, in fact, present on all iDevices during manufacturing. The utilities run extensive tests on the devices, including sensors, thermal measurements and more - and only when all tests pass do the devices go through a final stage, which involves removing the debug utilities and installing the stock version of iOS.

Gallery

The file structure of SwitchBoard.app:

Entitlements.plist		SwitchBoard
Info.plist			SwitchBoard-Settings.plist
PkgInfo				_CodeSignature
ResourceRules.plist		com.apple.SwitchBoard.plist