Agreed. It's very odd indeed - it's obviously intentional since they could easily have stopped signing these versions along with all the other older versions that they accidentally started signing, but makes little sense.They should start signing it for the iPad 2 mid 2012, iPad 3 iPad mini, iPhone 4, and iPod Touch 5.
Why are they still signing it only on older iPad 2's and the 4s? I know it has been like this since Apple accidentally signed a bunch of IOS versions for a couple hours, but why did they keep it like this just for certain iPad 2's and all 4s's?
I could never go back to an iPad 2 on 9.X.X, that was painful even when disabling the visual effects and other background processes. Though, if I really need new apps, I'll just upgrade to 8.4.1 because 6.1.3 can't be directly upgraded to 9.3.5, it has to go 8.4.1 first, not only will you get more modern apps from 8.4.1 alone, you can jailbreak it and use lowerinstall to get even newer apps.Agreed. It's very odd indeed - it's obviously intentional since they could easily have stopped signing these versions along with all the other older versions that they accidentally started signing, but makes little sense.
The only other case of an old iOS version being permanently signed is 4.1 on the 3GS and I remember reading somewhere that they did that in order to allow OS X 10.4 users to restore their phones through iTunes, but this obviously isn't the case with the 6.1.3 signing for 4S and iPad 2.
Only apple knows why downgrades are allowed on these particular devices but I believe it's a good thing. I personally use 9.3 on my iPad 2 - it's been used every day since 2011 and still runs great. But those who want to downgrade should be allowed to, especially on older devices that are pretty much obsolete no matter which firmware they run. Apple really doesn't have anything to lose by letting those of us who are still happy with old hardware use it on whatever firmware we please.
That is sick! I gotta get an old 4s just to take a nostalgia trip back to iOS 6Hello everyone!
According to ipsw.me, iOS 6.1.3 is currently signed by Apple for iPhone 4s and iPad 2.
And I successfully downgraded my ipad to iOS 6 using itunes.