Bad news comes a bit early for the jailbreakers amongst us with Apple today having finally stopped signing iOS 10.2.1 as well as put an end to iOS 10.3 update, making it impossible to downgrade from iOS 10.3.2 or iOS 10.3.1 using the very easy method via iTunes. What now?
Have you updated your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to the current shipping software of iOS, are now stuck with it. Anyone who has to restore their devices for whatever reason now has to accept that when that happen, unfortunately, they will be automatically updated to the latest version of iOS as a result, unless of course they meet the tricky requirements of Prometheus.
It’s no surprise Apple often known for removing support for older versions of iOS very regularly, at least as far as new installations and restores are concerned. While apps will obviously continue to work just fine, Apple tends to prevent users from installing versions of iOS other than the most recent not for reasons such as new functionality of AFPS but in the name of security.
Particularly, Apple focuses demanding on jailbreak exploits, and patches to RIP. Hacking iOS device is not accepted by Apple and the security is what Apple looking at preventing malicious attackers from taking control over the device or stopping users from jailbreaking them. It always the big concern that leads Apple to stop older versions of its mobile operating system.
Once that happens, iTunes will simply refuse to install anything other than the most recent software, preventing downgrades as a result.
And the fact is unknown how long it will be before jailbreak creators step up and create a new jailbreak that can handle Apple’s most recent efforts, but given iOS 10.3’s move to Apple’s new File System file, it is possible that such effects will be hampered for a while. Hopefully, that is not the case here, but rather is one thing that we have learned from ten years of jailbreaking, it is to never underestimate the creativity and skill of those enthusiasts who continue to create the jailbreak tools we all use to take advantage of our iOS devices.
For now, the fact all Apple device users to admit is that no more iOS 10.3 downgrade to iOS 10.2.1 restore is possible.
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