Apple Stops Signing iOS 9.3.2 and iOS 9.3.3

ios_9_iconAs of today, Apple has stopped signing iOS 9.3.2 and iOS 9.3.3 for compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models, meaning users can no longer upgrade or downgrade to those versions of iOS using iTunes. Apple is now only signing iOS 9.3.4.

iOS 9.3.2, initially released to the public on May 16, 2016, was an update that initially bricked some 9.7-inch iPad Pro devices until an updated version was released on June 2.

iOS 9.3.2 was followed by iOS 9.3.3, released on July 18, and iOS 9.3.4, released on August 4. iOS 9.3.2 and iOS 9.3.3 were both compatible with the recent Pangu iOS jailbreak software, which is disabled by iOS 9.3.4.

Now that Apple has stopped signing iOS 9.3.2 and iOS 9.3.3, it is no longer possible to downgrade to a version of iOS that supports the Pangu jailbreak.



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40 months ago

Darn you, Apple. Some of us don't want to be brainwashed inside your walled garden.


This isn't surprising news. I'm surprised you're surprised.
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40 months ago

There's a perfectly good reason for wanting people on the latest version. Bug fixes. EVERY software company does this. Many will not provide support if the customer is not and for very good reason. If you dislike that now, I imagine you're going to have a really difficult future.

One of the problems is with developers (like Apple). In the 80s and 90s you had to make sure the software you shipped was near perfect, or you'd be shipping out bug fixes on floppies. Todays approach is ship now, fix later. Software has just become sloppy over the years. Who cares about fixing bugs before a release when you can make the user update 42 times in a year?
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40 months ago

Unusual to stop signing two versions at the same time, but it's obvious why they did it. It would be nice if Apple gave iPhone and iPad owners proper downgrade rights.


"Proper downgrade rights" = Apple continues to accommodate people who refuse to upgrade but still insist on tying up support resources because they want to complain about something like redesigned buttons. Also, these very same people then complain when they aren't given all kinds of security updates and immediately run to the first lawyer they see crying about a class action lawsuit because the world moves along without them.
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Darn you, Apple. Some of us don't want to be brainwashed inside your walled garden.


The road to android is right over there.
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40 months ago
I'm actually shocked they waited this long to stop signing 9.3.3. Figured it would have happened sooner to stop people from downgrading and jailbreaking.
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40 months ago

Update: Apple has also stopped signing iOS 9.3.3, meaning it is no longer possible to downgrade to a version of iOS that supports the most recent jailbreak.

Unusual to stop signing two versions at the same time, but it's obvious why they did it. It would be nice if Apple gave iPhone and iPad owners proper downgrade rights.
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40 months ago
Now the "you're screwed" period of being jailbroken starts if something goes wrong.
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40 months ago
They'll buy back & cherish their vintage software... But not let it work for you.
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40 months ago

Unusual to stop signing two versions at the same time, but it's obvious why they did it. It would be nice if Apple gave iPhone and iPad owners proper downgrade rights.

Although it'd have some benefits for users themselves, Apple doesn't want fragmentation or users exposed to vulnerabilities, because it affects their image.
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40 months ago
Darn you, Apple. Some of us don't want to be brainwashed inside your walled garden.
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40 months ago
This whole OS signing is a load of crap. Just let people install whatever OS and whatever version of app store apps they want. Nobody is stopping me from downgrading to System 7.5 on my Performa and downgrading to Microsoft office 98...so why should the phone be any different? Its just one more control for forced obsolescence. Once you upgrade your iPhone to the latest OS and you decide that it is a big mistake (as it is way too slow now)...boom..tooooooo late! Proof that you really don't control anything you purchase from Apple.

And the Apple fanboy kingdom is going to come up with some reason why its good that Apple makes all your decisions for you....so brace for it.
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