iOS 6 downloaded but which iOS will install?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by janfon, Dec 2, 2014.

  1. janfon macrumors newbie

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    My iPhone 4S is on iOS 5.0.1 right now and has long time ago downloaded iOS 6 to the phone OTA. It seems I can install this iOS 6 but is that possible? I mean Apple doesn't sign it anymore but is the installation file I have on the iPhone already signed back when it downloaded and thus will install?

    Thanks
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    I doubt it, but give it a shot.

    Because Apple long stopped signing it, you'll not be able to go through the installation process - at least that's how I understand it.
     
  3. janfon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. I'm reluctant to give it a shot because I wouldn't want it installing iOS 8. I'm confused by how this signing business works? If the iOS 6 is already downloaded to the iPhone and I can choose to install it, wouldn't the copy I have be signed and ready to work?
     
  4. randomgeeza macrumors 6502

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    Nope, because the installation will have to verify itself with Apple. And it is at that point you will either succeed or hit a brick wall. If the install says iOS6, it will be iOS6... Not 8. It should be worth a shot... At the worst it will stop you and you remain where you are. At best you manage to move onwards and upwards...
     
  5. janfon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok thanks. I'll see if I feel brave enough to do it. Just a bit worried about getting a bricked phone :rolleyes:
     
  6. SuperKerem macrumors 6502a

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    The iOS 6 it installs is not a usable iOS, it is just used as a way to update to iOS 8
     

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