iOS 14.1

Apple no longer signing iOS 14.1 following launch of iOS 14.2

Apple unleashed iOS & iPadOS 14.2 to the general public last Thursday with a plethora of new Emojis, wallpapers, and other improvements. That said, no one should be astonished to learn that the company has stopped signing the older iOS & iPadOS 14.1 firmware this Thursday evening, just one week after the aforementioned release.

The unsigning of a particular version of firmware means that iPhone and iPad users can no longer officially downgrade to it via Finder or iTunes, and that’s because these platforms depend on ‘permission’ from Apple’s servers to continue the software restore on one of these devices. Third-party workarounds exist for the daring ones, of course.

Kernel bug for iOS 14.1 and below raises hopes for exploit, and perhaps jailbreak

Apple unleashed iOS & iPadOS 14.2 to the masses yesterday afternoon, and while most iPhone and iPad owners gleefully updated to take advantage of more than 100 new Emojis and six new wallpapers, the updates also appeared to beef up their respective platforms’ security.

Security improvements are generally a good thing for users; however, they can be red flags for proponents of the jailbreak community since software exploits are the very things that make jailbreak tools possible. With that in mind, it may come as no surprise that jailbreak developers repetitiously remind the community to stay in the lowest possible firmware, as this can increase one’s chances of jailbreak eligibility.