Apple Stops Signing iOS 17.1, Preventing Downgrading

Apple today stopped signing iOS 17.1, a move that will prevent iPhone users from downgrading to that version of iOS. Apple is no longer signing iOS 17.1 following the release of iOS 17.1.1, which came out on November 7.

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It is not unusual that iOS 17.1 is no longer being signed. Apple routinely stops signing older versions of iOS after new releases in order to encourage customers to keep their operating systems up to date and to prevent users from downgrading to older, less secure versions of the software.

iOS 17.1.1 is the current version of iOS 17 that is available to the public. It introduced several bug fixes, addressing a weather widget bug and fixing issue that could cause NFC not to work in ‌iPhone‌ models charged with a BMW wireless charger.

Apple is also testing iOS 17.2, an update that is expected to come out in December.

Top Rated Comments

Wildkraut Avatar
21 weeks ago
Soon this downgrade prohibition will have an end in the EU!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Paradoxally Avatar
21 weeks ago

Soon this downgrade prohibition will have an end in the EU!
Can't wait for the end of this nonsense. If there's one thing the EU needs to do is let users have control over their devices.

Why can't people downgrade to 16.7.2 if they want to, Apple? It receives security updates!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Biro Avatar
21 weeks ago
It seems to me that almost every time Apple wants everyone on its latest firmware, it announces some kind of zero-day threat. Not every time but often enough to make me wonder.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JosephAW Avatar
21 weeks ago
Still on iOS 16.7.2 on iPhone 14 Pro. :p
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple Mac Daz Avatar
21 weeks ago

Can't wait for the end of this nonsense. If there's one thing the EU needs to do is let users have control over their devices.

Why can't people downgrade to 16.7.2 if they want to, Apple? It receives security updates!
Alot would love to downgrade older device for performance reasons alone. Surprised the EU haven’t already got involved
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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