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Apple Stops Signing iOS 14.8, Downgrades and Restores No Longer Possible

Apple Stops Signing iOS 14.3 Downgrade Impossible

Just today Apple announced that it will stop signing iOS 14.8, which means that only the users who have updated their software and devices to iOS 14, iOS 15.0.1, or iOS 15.1 beta do not have the option to revert to iOS 14.8. Keep in mind that iOS 14.8 is the latest version of iOS 14.

Whilst iOS 14.8 isn’t built to run or signed for gadgets such as iPhone x, iPhone XR, and iPad Air 3, the same software is still signed for some other iPad and iPhone models. Apple has done things traditionally in the past, but things are a bit different this time. This is because Apple will continue providing security updates for users who will choose to stay on iOS 14 rather than upgrading to iOS 15.

Keeping the facts in check, Apple has stopped signing IOS 14.8, without giving any news about whether there will be a new iOS 14 update or not. This means that the company is giving hints to its iOS 14 users that there will soon be a new security update for its iOS 14 users. It is worth mentioning here that iOS 14.8 was initially released on September 13. The update came with a major security update which fixed up a zero-day vulnerability bypassing Apple’s BlastDoor security system.

Reverting to the older security updates is often done by those people who want to jailbreak their phones. Restoring an iPhone or an iPad to the previous version of iOS is seemingly helpful for those users who want to experience and know about the significant bugs after they have updated their phones to the newest version of iOS.

According to Apple, It has released the latest version of iOS / iPad OS to address security vulnerabilities that can allow malicious code to run on some users’ iPhones and their tablets via email. Apple’s unhinging older version-based operating systems has received critics over the years as destabilizing user choice in installing something to control their devices. When Apple stops signing an iOS device with iOS software it means users won’t be able to downgrade or restore their phone or tablet to the new firmware version via traditional means.

On another note, Apple allowed developers to keep running the iOS 14 application after its iOS 15 release. For the first time, users will still have security updates. In its latest release iOS now has the flexibility of choosing between two different software updates. You can update to iOS 15 just by purchasing the latest updates and features. You can use iTunes 14 to get critical security updates while you wait to upgrade to other major versions. We will provide some of the reasons why you’d choose not to upgrade your iPhone to iPhone 15 for all security updates that are needed for the iPhone to continue receiving updates in another post.

If you are facing severe issues after updating your device to iOS 15 or the latest 15.0.1, unfortunately, you have to wait until the future update, rather than downgrading your iPhone to iOS 14.8.

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