Apple Stops Signing iOS 12.2 Following Release of iOS 12.3

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following the release of iOS 12.3 on May 13, Apple has stopped signing iOS 12.2, the previous version of iOS that was available to consumers.

    iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners who have upgraded to iOS 12.3 will no longer be able to downgrade to iOS 12.2.

    iOS 12.3, available on all devices able to run iOS 12, was a major update that brought the revamped Apple TV app with new Channels feature.

    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 12.3 is now the only version of iOS that can be installed on iPhones and iPads, but developers and public beta testers can download iOS 12.4, another major update that's currently being beta tested.

    Article Link: Apple Stops Signing iOS 12.2 Following Release of iOS 12.3
  2. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    "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 to ensure incremental planned obsolescence"
  3. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Even an iPhone 5S is supported (iOS 12), that's a 6 year+ old phone.....
  4. Bornee35 macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2013
    It's like talking to brick walls with their terrible obsolescence narrative. Biggest cause of obsolescence is the passage of time.
  5. tricouleur macrumors newbie


    Jul 20, 2005
    How dare they expect me to pay for using their product, that is what you mean to say, right?
  6. Sasparilla macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2012
    Shhhhh, that sort of fact based argument doesn't fit in with nonsensical Android based astroturfing. If they keep repeating a lie long enough they count it'll stick with some people. Remember, Apple with those security and functionality updates for users phones (like the 5s, a 6 year old phone) really screws over Apple customers compared to Android where the longest updates (google) is only 3 years with other vendors often only 2 years of updates or if its not a top of the line phone (Samsung) a good chunk do no updates at all. /s
  7. az431 macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2008
    Portland, OR
    Just FYI, you’re not required to update your iOS. You can keep your iPad 2 on iOS 5 for as long as you want.
  8. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    Apple supporting 5 year old devices: planned obsolescence!
    Android OEMs stop updating their devices by year 2 or 3: innovative!
  9. alexhardaker macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2014
    They do bug you to update, though. The update downloads in the background as well
  10. vnrwka macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2017
    my Safari, Settings, Podcast app are getting 5 second delays on launch from time to time since ios12. Even tried the factory reset but no fix. iOS has really been frustrating since 11's battery drain,..
  11. newtestleper macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2013
    If only there was a way to prevent that...

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  12. Marshall73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2015
    They should go back to the old days, release a new OS every 2 years and charge $129 for it. would sort out all the whiners who say that there's not enough changes in the OS and those that whine that it is forced upon them.
  13. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    It still bothers ya every once in a while to upgrade
  14. TheSkywalker77 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2017
    What about jailbreaking?
  15. theapplehead macrumors 6502


    Dec 17, 2018
    Hey, you get what you pay for. Oh well...
  16. alexhardaker macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2014
    Have they stopped bugging people, then?
  17. Googlyhead macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2010
    Technically; that's not completely true:
    If you need to re-install (or clean install); the only option is the latest (signed) version. You can't reinstall the version you currently have.
    And likewise, as the article infers; you can't opt to upgrade to any version other than the latest, as Apple have specifically stopped signing these.
    Nor can you downgrade; even to a version previously installed (or the original version supplied with the device).

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