Last month I upgraded to the new iPhone XS Max using Apple’s Upgrade Program. It was my first time upgrading this way, and although it went fairly smoothly, there were a few things I picked up that I felt were worth passing along to folks looking to use the Program to pick up the iPhone XR that goes up for pre-order later this week.
This will be my first year upgrading to the new iPhone as a member of Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program. Say what you want about the poor economics of the ‘leasing’ model, but with no need to list my old phone on eBay or fork over $1,000+, this may be one of my most stress-free iPhone upgrades ever. That being said, there are a few things worth noting if you’re planning to upgrade to the new iPhone Xs or Xs Max using Apple’s Upgrade Program.
Following the release of iOS 11.2.5 last week, Apple has stopped signing the previous three versions of iOS. iOS 11.2, iOS 11.2.1, and iOS 11.2.2 are no longer being signed, preventing users from installing older versions of iOS.
The clock is ticking on signing for iOS 11.1.1/11.1.2 and tvOS 11.0/11.1, so the pressure is on to save blobs for those firmwares, as well as to possibly restore to them. This doesn’t apply to everyone though, so check out our advice on the topic!
Update: tvOS 11.1 and iOS 11.1.2 are now unsigned. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RESTORE TO THEM!
Instead of soldering the RAM modules onto the logic board, the new 21.5-inch iMac uses removable SO-DIMM slots. iFixit has now released a $300 DIY kit for the machine, which comes with 32GB of RAM and the tools to take it apart.
iOS 10.3.1 signing is closing fast. With weak rumours of a possible iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak at some point in the future, we go through whether you should upgrade, downgrade, or save blobs before time runs out.
With Apple’s ever-turning iOS signing machine, many jailbreakers are forever wondering what the best strategy is for their device. In this article, we’ll quickly go through what we consider the smartest options for each device and iOS version so that you can make an informed decision.
I reported a few weeks back on an interesting new bug for 32-bit devices, which allowed you to restore them to any unsigned iOS 9.x firmware, provided you had blobs for the destination firmware.
At the time, it was thought that the bug would mainly be of use for people downgrading from iOS 9.3.5 to a lower firmware, to jailbreak with Home Depot or Pangu9. However, it turns out the bug is in fact more powerful and wide-ranging than previously thought, and may have much wider utility.