By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 18, 2016
On Monday, Apple has pulled the signing plug on its iOS 9.3 firmware for its lineup of iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads.
As a result, downgrades through iTunes to iOS 9.3 are no longer possible, and there’s no way to upgrade specifically to iOS 9.3 from an earlier firmware.
Instead, users will be directed to install iOS 9.3.1 when restoring or updating their devices through iTunes.
Update: It seems that not all versions of iOS 9.3 have stopped being signed. It appears that iOS 9.3 is not being any longer for newer devices (i.e. iPhone 6s, iPad Air 2), but it is still being signed for older devices (ie. iPhone 5s). Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 4, 2016
Apple stopped signing iOS 9.2 firmware for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches on Thursday, a move that prevents users from performing downgrades from iOS 9.2.1 to iOS 9.2 via iTunes.
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 5, 2016
Late last year, we showed you how to downgrade App Store apps directly from Apple using iTunes. The method was anything but straightforward, but it did indeed work.
Today, I’d like to show you a brand new method for downgrading App Store apps. Not only is it much easier than the old method, but it runs right on your iPhone, so no computer is required. The only “downside” is that you must be jailbroken to use this method, as it relies on a jailbreak tweak that’s now in beta. That said, it’s way easier than the prior method that doesn’t require a jailbreak.
Want to see how easy it is to downgrade virtually any App Store app using only a jailbroken iPhone? Watch our video and see UnlimApp’s new jailbreak tweak, App Admin, in action. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 25, 2015
Charles Proxy is a tool for OS X that can be used to facilitate the download of older versions of iOS apps from iTunes. It’s a bit of a drawn-out exercise, but if you’ve ever been in need of an older version of a particular app, then you know how handy such a technique can be. In this video, which was inspired by this Reddit post, I’ll show you how to download older iOS apps directly from iTunes on Mac. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Oct 29, 2015
Apple has stopped signing all versions of iOS 9.0.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch this afternoon. As always, the closing of this signing window makes downgrading to this software version impossible.
Users who jailbreak their devices are the ones to get most likely affected by this situation. With downgrading now impossible, jailbreak users must be careful to not accidentally update to iOS 9.1 and lose their jailbreak in the process.
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 23, 2015
Maybe it was the new emoji that tempted you? Or maybe you just made a mistake? Whatever the reason, you’ve found yourself on iOS 9.1, but wish to go back to iOS 9.0.2—the last jailbreakable firmware that’s currently available for iOS 9. Fortunately, you still have time to downgrade back to iOS 9.0.2.
In this video tutorial, we’ll show you how easy it is to downgrade from iOS 9.1 to iOS 9.0.2. But act quickly, this tutorial certainly has an expiration date, which will occur when Apple closes the 9.0.2 signing window. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 18, 2015
Apple is still signing iOS 8.4. That’s not an anomaly, as Apple usually waits a while before it slams the door for good on older firmware. It’s now been nearly a week since the exploit-killing iOS 8.4.1 was released, so time is definitely not on the side of those wishing to downgrade (or upgrade) to iOS 8.4 and enjoy a crisp new jailbreak.
We’ve emphasized this several times already, but now it’s really serious and now it’s really crunch time.
What should you do? Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 19, 2015
With iOS 8.4.1 currently in beta, chances are it will be released sooner than later, and Apple will follow up that release with a closure of the iOS 8.4 signing window.
Although we’ve seen nothing official regarding the matter—Apple still has yet to post release notes about its 8.4.1 beta—rumors are swirling that this update does indeed fix the exploits used in the TaiG iOS 8.3 and iOS 8.4 jailbreak.
With this in mind, it’s time to begin preparing mentally for what’s to come. In this post, I’ll show you how to be proactive and take the right measures to ensure a long jailbreak tenure on iOS 8.4. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 12, 2015
As we noted earlier, Cydia now features the ability to downgrade apps and tweaks. With version 1.1.23, saurik gave users the ability to downgrade their tweaks via the Cydia package page if there is an older version available on the repo that the tweak or app resides on. In this post, we will show you how easy it is to downgrade a Cydia package. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 29, 2015
When Apple closes the firmware signing window for iOS 8.3, users wishing to downgrade (or upgrade) to iOS 8.3 won’t be allowed to do so. Instead, you’ll have to settle for whatever firmware Apple is signing, which is usually the latest and greatest out there.
When that happens, it’s quite probable that it could spell the end of jailbreaking for a while—remember we just got out of a significant lull.
With this in mind, the ability to downgrade back to iOS 8.3 is very desirous for would-be jailbreakers. While there is no confirmed downgrade ability just yet, there are some things that you can do to ensure that you have the best chance to downgrade should that ability arrive.
This is accomplished by saving your iOS 8.3 SHSH blobs.
To save your SHSH blobs and prepare for a possible iOS 8.3 downgrade, you’ll need to use TinyUmbrella to do so. I’ll show you how in this post and video. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 28, 2015
Feeling nostalgic? Own an iPad 2 or an iPhone 4s? Then you have the opportunity to travel back down memory lane and downgrade your device from any firmware back to iOS 6.1.3—no SHSH blobs required.
Entitled odysseusOTA, the command line tool takes advantage of the fact that Apple is still signing the OTA (over the air) firmwares for iOS 6.1.3 on the iPad 2 and iPhone 4s. Want to see the downgrade in action? Then watch this detailed step-by-step video. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 10, 2015
Although it’s not currently possible to downgrade watchOS 2 back to watchOS 1.01, I’m happy to report that iOS 9 beta 1 can be downgraded back to iOS 8.3 if you so desire.
Upgraded to iOS 9 and now regret it? Apple indicates that it’s not possible to downgrade an iOS beta firmware, but thankfully, that’s never been exactly true. In this video tutorial, we’ll show you how easy it is to downgrade your iOS 9 device in mere minutes. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 10, 2015
Every time a beta is released, we always provide tutorials for those of you who may be developers, but to be honest, we know that even some of you non-developers with paid access to developer accounts will upgrade to the betas as well. Of course, that’s your own decision.
But with watchOS, things are different. You really shouldn’t upgrade to watchOS 2 unless you truly are a developer, or at the very least, you should thoroughly understand what you’re getting in to. Why is this? We explain in this post. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 24, 2015
Semaphore has been on a roll lately, as shown by the release of yet another TinyUmbrella beta build, and this version contains a significant new feature. You now have the ability to save SHSH blobs directly from a local device. This means that if you’re on a jailbreakable firmware like iOS 8.1.2, you can save the 8.1.2 blobs even though Apple is no longer signing that firmware version. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 22, 2015
TinyUmbrella, the tool that allows users to save SHSH blobs to be used for potential downgrades, has received another update. As we reported a few weeks ago, TinyUmbrella has made a significant comeback, and its developer, semaphore, is hopeful that downgrades to iOS firmware will be a real thing in the not so distant future.
With this in mind, semaphore is continuing to improve TinyUmbrella, and this latest beta version contains numerous fixes and iterative enhancements. If you still haven’t saved your SHSH blobs, I advise you to stop what you’re doing, download TinyUmbrella, and do so today. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 16, 2015
In case you missed our post over the weekend, TinyUmbrella, the popular tool associated with downgrading iOS firmware, is back with a brand new beta version. This is a significant new revelation for the jailbreak community that could have some far-reaching consequences when it comes to establishing potential downgrade options and protecting against Apple’s routine of closing firmware signing windows.
The new TinyUmbrella tool shares a lot in common with its predecessor, but it’s been a long time, and there’s enough differences to warrant a brand new walkthrough and discussion. In this video, I’ll show you how to save your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch SHSH blobs, I’ll talk about what’s new with TinyUmbrella, and I’ll show you some of the things I’ve learned and encountered thus far. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 14, 2015
As promised, Semaphore has released a rewrite of his popular TinyUmbrella tool for OS X and Windows. The tool, which has been completely rewritten from the ground up, is currently in beta and requires Java.
Semaphore has alluded to the fact that the new TinyUmbrella may have far-reaching consequences related to downgrading both 32-bit and 64-bit devices. Back in the original TinyUmbrella’s heyday, it was used as a tool to help downgrade to prior versions of iOS. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Dec 10, 2014
I’m not sure why one would want to do that, but here is a friendly public service announcement to let you know that you can still downgrade to iOS 8.1.1 should you choose to. Following the release of iOS 8.1.2 yesterday, Apple still hasn’t closed the signing window of iOS 8.1.1, which means that if for some reason you have issues with iOS 8.1.2, you can still downgrade to iOS 8.1.1 and enjoy a stable jailbreak with TaiG. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 20, 2014
If you want to jailbreak iOS 8.1, but you’re running iOS 8.1.1 or the new iOS 8.2 beta, you can downgrade your firmware to iOS 8.1 and jailbreak as long as Apple is still signing the iOS 8.1 firmware. As of this post, 8.1 is still being signed, but that will change in the future, so use this post to determine whether or not this tutorial is still valid.
If Apple is signing iOS 8.1, it’s extremely easy to downgrade your device, even if you’re running the iOS 8.2 beta or iOS 8.1.1. Neither of those firmwares are jailbreakable at the moment, but iOS 8.1 is jailbreakable, hence the need to downgrade. Follow our simple tutorial after the break to downgrade your device back to iOS 8.1. Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 26, 2014
Apple has finally ceased signing iOS 7.1.2 today, notes hacker iH8sn0w, more than a week after releasing iOS 8 . This means that you can no longer downgrade to the older firmware from iOS 8.x, or upgrade to it from older versions.
This is a big deal for jailbreakers, as 7.1.2 is the latest firmware that can be jailbroken, and there won’t be one on iOS 8 for the foreseeable future. But it also affects average users too, as those not happy with iOS 8 can no longer revert. Read More