iPad 4 on iOS 7 stuck in recovery mode, don't want to update, and can't exit Recovery Mode.

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  1. FeliApple macrumors 65816

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    A family member's iPad 4 activated recovery mode on its own. First, it was stuck on a boot loop and iTunes on my Mac didn't recognise it. Then, it did nothing, it didn't show the Apple logo or anything, even when I reset it with both buttons.
    Now, iTunes says it's in Recovery Mode and tells me to update. I don't want to. Apple told me there's nothing I can do. Do I have to forcibly restore it, or does anyone here knows of something that can be done to exit it and maintain the iOS version?
     
  2. snow755 macrumors 65816

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    In this case you may not have a choice in the matter you may need too update it in order too get it back too normal
     
  3. FeliApple thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for your reply. Does anyone have any idea so I can get out of this without restoring?
     
  4. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    Isn't there an iOS 10 jailbreak available that allows you to downgrade and/or dual boot? Since Apple already dropped support for the iPad 4, you'll always be able to JB.
     
  5. MacManiac76 macrumors 65816

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    Try using RecBoot. I have used it in the past with some success.
     
  6. cwerdna macrumors 6502

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    iOS 10.3.3 on iPad 4 isn't that bad. I have some at work.

    I wouldn't want to run on iOS 7. That's way old and I'm sure there are many vulnerabilities in iOS 7 that were patched on later iOS versions. Some apps won't even work on iOS 7 any more. For some that do, you'll receive an old "parked" version.
     
  7. FeliApple thread starter macrumors 65816

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    After another restore, and another error 4005, I contacted Apple thinking they'd tell me the iPad was done hardware-wise. They told me to update the Mac (no way) and told me to update iTunes. Can a slightly old iTunes version be the result of a restore failing? I have no experience restoring because I never do (to, ironically, maintain old iOS versions) but I have no idea if that's true and/or a possibility. Thoughts?
     
  9. bradbomb macrumors 6502

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    I remember my iPhone 5 was stuck in the Error 4005 loop and it actually needed a new battery. Does your iPad hold a charge well? If not, you might need a new battery and then you can use RecBoot to exit Recovery Mode
     
  10. FeliApple thread starter macrumors 65816

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    The iPad is not mine, so I don't really know. What's rare is that the iTunes logo and the lightning cable don't show up. The screen is completely black.
     
  11. bradbomb macrumors 6502

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    So that means it might be in DFU mode also. Either way, you would need software to kick it out of DFU without restoring or updating. I can tell you I have my iPad 4 on 10.3.3 and it definitely runs, but I honestly can't remember how better it performs on iOS 7 vs 10. I rarely use it as I have a 2015 iPad Pro
     
  12. FeliApple thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Gave up on not updating. I tried to restore it twice and it failed. Maybe as you say, it's a hardware issue...
     

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