Friday, February 5, 2016

Downgrade iOS 9.2.1 To 9.2 Is No Longer Possible

If you trying to find how to downgrade iOS 9.2.1 to 9.2 version via iTunes on your device then you should know that Apple company has stopped signing iOS 9.2 firmware for iOS devices on Thursday.

According to reports the company only stopped signing iOS 9.2 for some devices and not all. Affected devices are:

  • iPhone 4s
  • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi-only)
  • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi & GSM cellular)
  • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi & CDMA cellular)
  • iPad 3rd generation (Wi-Fi & Verizon cellular)
  • iPad 3rd generation (Wi-Fi & AT&T cellular)

As we all know Cupertino-based company uses a special signing process in iTunes to ensure users stay on the latest public firmware release. This signing process prevents users from going backwards to an earlier versions and helps keep users on recent firmware updates. But for jailbreakers it can be really annoying as they are often forced to upgrade to newer firmware versions when some issues arise and an iTunes restore becomes necessary.

Of course Apple initiated such process to keep users up to date with the best new features and security improvements to ensure their iOS devices are running the best of what Apple’s updates bring to the table. That's why it make sense as iOS is one of the most secure mobile platforms available today.

Talking about closing this particular iOS 9.2 firmware signing window, then in most cases it doesn't have any influence on users, as both 9.2.1 and 9.2 versions are almost similar, with iOS 9.2.1 having just a few additional security fixes and performance improvements over 9.2.

It is vital to note here that as there is no public jailbreak available even for one of this iOS platforms. So there is no reason to downgrade iOS 9.2.1 to 9.2.

 In conclusion we can say that users who have jailbroken devices and want to keep it should stay away from updating to latest public firmware releases. And those who don't care about jailbreaking can enjoy all features that latest firmware offers.