Apple Stops Signing Several Older iOS Versions Following Release of iOS 13.1.2

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Following the release of iOS 13.1.2 on Monday, Apple has stopped signing several previous versions of iOS, preventing downgrades to these earlier versions. iOS versions no longer being signed include iOS 12.4.1, iOS 13.0, and iOS 13.1.1, while iOS 13.1 remains signed for the time being.

iOS 13.1.2 was a bug fix release that quickly followed iOS 13.1.1, which primarily addressed issues with battery drain, Siri, and access permissions for third-party keyboards. iOS 12.4.1 was largely a jailbreak fix released by Apple in late August.

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 13.1.2 is now the current public version of iOS, but developers and public beta testers can download iOS 13.2, an upcoming update with features like the Deep Fusion image processing system for the new iPhone 11 lineup.

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Elitegate

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Interesting that 13.1 is still being signed, while 13.0 and 13.1.1 is not. 12.4/12.4.1 obviously also not signed from now on. It seems to take a couple weeks for Apple to unsign them all, people that upgraded to iOS 13 on let's say release date had plenty of time to go back to 12.4.1 in the meantime if they didn't liked iOS 13.
 

Joniz

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Why would you want to?
Because 13 is pretty much garbage. (As is the new tvOS. Does anyone else have the problem with their AirPods not showing up in the long-play-hold list? It does only if I reboot the Apple TV. Then it appears only once. Really makes tvOS kinda useless.)

I did the same and I’m happy that I did. I’ve never thought of iOS 12 as being so stable & pleasant to use.

The only think I liked about iOS 13 was their fixing the Apple Pencil tools. Nothing else was worth it, including Dark Mode, which looks kinda half-baked.

You see, the nice thing about downgrading, or staying at iOS 12, is that you can still upgrade to 13 whenever you want.
 
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Dave-Z

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Mail is working fine.




Like I said, I'm going to wait.
 

revmacian

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In what way?
I don’t know, I still haven’t familiarized myself with the way Apple handles releases and signatures. I assumed, perhaps in error, that Apple would halt signatures for all previous versions in preparation for releasing an update soon.
 

JosephAW

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Won't update existing devices to iOS 13 until they release a version of iTunes 12.6 that supports app installation from the desktop from macOS prior to High Sierra.
 

JosephAW

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Lol good luck with that. They have stopped this from iOS 9 era.
I'm still on iOS 12 and El Capitan. I can still install apps using iTunes 12.6
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I imagine someday they will reactivate signing for iOS 12 for those devices that slow to a crawl with future iOS versions.

Apple did this for my iPhone 4S. They started signing iOS 6 again and I downgraded and then iOS 8.4 shows up as an update and I applied that. Stayed off iOS 9 since it was unusable.
 

Candlelight

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The last train for downgrading to iOS 12 has departed the station...
12.4.2 is available.
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I'm still on iOS 12 and El Capitan. I can still install apps using iTunes 12.6
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I imagine someday they will reactivate signing for iOS 12 for those devices that slow to a crawl with future iOS versions.

Apple did this for my iPhone 4S. They started signing iOS 6 again and I downgraded and then iOS 8.4 shows up as an update and I applied that. Stayed off iOS 9 since it was unusable.
iOS 9 was the best OS they released. I stayed on it for three years until my device died. I would go back to it if I could.