Apple Stops Signing iOS 12.1 Following Release of iOS 12.1.1 and iOS 12.1.2

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    Following the release of iOS 12.1.1 on December 5 and iOS 12.1.2 on December 17, Apple has stopped signing iOS 12.1, the previous version of iOS that was available to consumers.

    iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners who have upgraded to iOS 12.1.1 or 12.1.2 will no longer be able to downgrade to iOS 12.1.

    iOS 12.1.1, available for all iOS devices, introduced expanded eSIM support, a redesigned FaceTime interface, and Haptic Touch for notifications on the iPhone XR, among other features. iOS 12.1.2, available only for the iPhone, introduces eSIM bug fixes and may include software tweaks in China to remove patented Qualcomm functionality.

    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 12.1.1 and iOS 12.1.2 are now the only versions of iOS that can be installed on iPhones and iPads.

    Article Link: Apple Stops Signing iOS 12.1 Following Release of iOS 12.1.1 and iOS 12.1.2
     
  2. zorinlynx macrumors 603

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    Apple has been pretty generous with signing windows. I think they recognize people may want to go back if they have issues with the new version.
     
  3. Scotty2Hotty macrumors member

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    "iOS 12.1.1 and iOS 12.1.2 are now the only versions of iOS that can be installed on iPhones and iPads."

    Except for an Xr - 16B94 is still being signed.
     
  4. Naraxus macrumors 6502a

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    I really wish Apple would get sued over this ****
     
  5. mthomas184 macrumors 6502

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    If you want the freedom to put whatever software you want on your phone, move to Android. It’s pretty simple.
     
  6. Altis macrumors 68030

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    It isn't "whatever software you want", just previous versions of Apple's OS, back to the version it shipped with.

    The way Apple does it is very anti-consumer but works in their favor.
     
  7. thadoggfather macrumors G4

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    agree to disagree

    generosity would be allowing every point version of that major version at least until another major version, and then for months thereafter.

    Normally two point versions float at any given time, and because 12.1.2 came out, a third signed version, it was just a matter of a short period of time.
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    it stopped being signed too, it had been signed for like an additional 30 minutes before they nixed it
     
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  9. thadoggfather macrumors G4

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    Versions check apple's servers to make sure apple
    Allows it. If it's not signed having the firmware is useless.
     
  10. JosephAW macrumors 68000

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    It would be funny is Apple stopped signing 12.1.1 so users could not install it.
     
  11. zorinlynx macrumors 603

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    The signing window is long enough that if you have issues with an updated version, you have time to revert before it closes.

    And really, iOS 12 has been so trouble-free compared to last releases that you can argue if it's even necessary at this point.
     
  12. thadoggfather macrumors G4

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    Always necessary. For testing purposes, compatibility. X.0 is rarely more stable than x.3 versions from the prior

    People not keeping up and reading the forums and updating the second a new version comes out will narrow the window

    I think they should chill on it
     
  13. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030

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    I'm surprised they haven't gotten sued over the icon of their .ipsw files being that of a Lego.

    (But yes, the inability to control what OS your device can have installed does seem to be something that ought to be outlawed.)
     
  14. BoneHead001 macrumors 6502

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    Thank you. I had no idea.
     
  15. pat500000 macrumors G3

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    They should stop signing ios 12.1.2 and future updates.
     
  16. B4U macrumors 68000

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    1 week of letting the general public to be their beta testers without pay and the tech-savvies wait for the bugs to iron out? but miss the boat on going back on the older OS?
    That sure is generous.
     

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