Apple Glitch Enables Users To Downgrade To Much Older Versions Of iOS
By Izza Sofia, 13 Jan 2018
On Thursday, Apple accidentally started signing older software versions between iOS 6 and iOS 11.1.2 for compatible iPhones, iPads, and iPhone Touch models.
This made it easier for users to jailbreak their devices; allowing the iOS gadget to downgrade to a breakable version of the operating system.
The signed iOS bonanza took place for a number of hours before Apple’s servers reverted back to previous state, where only the more recent releases for each iOS device were signed and usable.
It is highly likely that this was either a bug or a mistake performed by Apple employees, and was completely unintentional.
Shortly after the mass firmware signing took place, many took to Reddit to discuss the event, which happened during the early morning in the US.
One user said, “I literally ran into my parents room to grab my dad's poor old iPhone 5s and iPad mini 2, both of which were suffering on iOS 11. Now I managed to downgrade them to iOS 7.1.1. I then downgraded my old iPhone 5 to iOS 7.1.1 as well and now my iPhone 7 to iOS 10.3 to jailbreak. I'm so happy right now!”
Not entirely sure why the signing window has opened for iOS 6–10 on various iOS devices, but not gonna complain. Have some iOS 6 pic.twitter.com/Ixfpn8waU6— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) January 11, 2018
They opened up iOS 6.1.3 shsh signing 😝 pic.twitter.com/FV2watYKxi— Khaos Tian (@KhaosT) January 11, 2018
[via Mac Rumors, opening image via Apple]
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