Apple No Longer Signing iOS 8.4.1 and iOS 9

ios_8_iconApple today stopped signing iOS 8.4.1 and the first version of iOS 9 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, meaning users can no longer upgrade or downgrade to those versions of iOS using iTunes. Apple is now signing iOS 9.0.1 and iOS 9.0.2 only.

Users who have upgraded to iOS 9 are now unable to downgrade back to the last version of iOS 8, iOS 8.4.1. Released in August, iOS 8.4.1 was a minor update that included bug fixes and Apple Music improvements. iOS 8.4.1 also broke the iOS 8.4 untethered jailbreak.

iOS 9 was first released to the public on September 16, and there have been two additional updates since that time. iOS 9.0.1 was released on September 23 and iOS 9.0.2 was released on September 30.

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53 months ago
Apple should just allow users to make their own minds up..
if as a consumer you want to run iOS7 - why not?
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53 months ago

Apple should just allow users to make their own minds up..
if as a consumer you want to run iOS7 - why not?



The best reason I can think of is security. There are security flaws fixed from time to time, and allowing people to run or downgrade to old software would increase the incentive for people to use those holes maliciously. And no matter what, even if they chose to run that old insecure software, Apple would be blamed for not fixing it.
Rating: 10 Votes
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53 months ago
RIP to the best version of iOS since iOS 6.

PS: To the expected replies from Apple Apologists: I don't care about your opinion.
Rating: 7 Votes
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53 months ago
Glad I rolled both my iPhone 6 and iPad Air back to iOS 8 while I could.. The slightly improved battery life and new features didn't outweigh the choppiness and lag that plagued both devices, especially on my iPad Air.
Rating: 6 Votes
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53 months ago
So glad I moved my A5 devices to 8.4.1 from iOS 9 when Apple was still signing. Hopefully iOS 9 is optimized over time and performs better on these devices, but if it doesn't, I won't be all that surprised.
Rating: 6 Votes
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53 months ago
Noooooooooooo!

Now people are forced to stick with laggy, unstable software that is iOS 9 for now!

Come at me. It's the truth.
Rating: 6 Votes
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53 months ago
Here comes all the rage comments again..
Rating: 5 Votes
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53 months ago

RIP to the best version of iOS since iOS 6.

PS: To the expected replies from Apple Apologists: I don't care about your opinion.


Nothing like someone who goes on a discussion forum to tell everyone that he does t want to talk. Makes me wonder what kind of life that must be.
Rating: 4 Votes
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53 months ago

Because then something won't be supported and they will whine and blame Apple for their own choices.

This hypothetical often arises when an older version of iOS is no longer signed.

There are numerous examples of people stating a desire to downgrade. I have yet to see an example where people are given an option and complain about having the option.
Rating: 4 Votes
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53 months ago

Apple should just allow users to make their own minds up..
if as a consumer you want to run iOS7 - why not?


You can if you never upgrade, you just can't downgrade. And there are lots of dummies out there who dont get upgrading fixes bugs and security flaws; some critical security flaws going that far back.
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