IPSWFollowing the release of iOS 12.1 on October 30, Apple has stopped signing iOS 12.0.1, the previous version of iOS that was available to consumers.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners who have upgraded to iOS 12.1 will no longer be able to downgrade to iOS 12.0.1. The iOS 12.1 update was significant, introducing Group FaceTime, eSIM support for Apple's newest iPhones, new emoji, and more.

Apple routinely stops signing older versions of software updates after new releases come out in order to encourage customers to keep their operating systems up to date.

iOS 12.1 is now the only version of iOS that can be installed on iPhones and iPads by the general public. Developers and public beta testers can download iOS 12.1.1, an iOS 12 update that's currently being beta tested.

Top Rated Comments

martyjmclean Avatar
69 months ago
Is it just me, or has the "I wish I could downgrade to iOS x.y" outcry been silent this year? iOS 12 is a huge improvement in nearly every way.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple_Robert Avatar
69 months ago
Is it just me, or has the "I wish I could downgrade to iOS x.y" outcry been silent this year? iOS 12 is a huge improvement in nearly every way.
I agree about the outcry being in the minority on the forum. A nice change. I am liking 12.1
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
B4U Avatar
69 months ago
Is it just me, or has the "I wish I could downgrade to iOS x.y" outcry been silent this year? iOS 12 is a huge improvement in nearly every way.
I think those of us are just tired of the constant nagging and had installed the tvOS profile to deal with this...
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Populus Avatar
69 months ago
Apple wants everyone on the latest so they can boast adoption rates and I suspect it helps with support issues. Not to mention (AFAIK) you can't turn off nagging upgrade/ update messages in iOS.
Yes, you can.

Just search on Google about installing a beta profile of tvOS 12 or WatchOS 5 on your iPhone. Once you’ve installed the beta profile of tvOS or WatchOS, you won’t be prompted to update, theoretically. For some people it fails to work, but usually it is pretty effective; your iPhone/iPad will tell you that your software is up to date.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
C DM Avatar
69 months ago
Still looking for the tvOS11 beta profile...
Did I miss the boat already?
Why is the tvOS 11 one needed?
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Xenomorph Avatar
69 months ago
Is it just me, or has the "I wish I could downgrade to iOS x.y" outcry been silent this year? iOS 12 is a huge improvement in nearly every way.
I want the ability to freely install iOS 5.1.1 or iOS 7.1.2 on my iPhone 4S. iOS 7.1.2, 8.4.1, or 9.3.5 on my iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S.

iOS 12 is fine (so far). Other than jailbreaking, no one wants to go back to iOS 11. But older versions of iOS? Older devices? HELL YEAH people want to downgrade.

The speed difference on an iPhone 4S or an iPad 2 running iOS 7.1.2 versus iOS 9.3.5 is INSANE.

There are some methods for some devices that let you downgrade, but it's usually messy. I have iOS 6.1.3 on my iPad 2, and iOS 8.4.1 on my iPhone 4S. I would have iOS 4.1 on my iPhone 3GS, but its charge port isn't working right (it charges, but no longer interfaces with a computer).
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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