Will i be able to update to iOS 5.1.1 after iOS 6 launch (tomorrow)

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  1. rak007, Sep 11, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2012

    rak007 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 31, 2011
    Assuming iOS 6 GM Public version is launched tomorrow, will i be able to update my existing iPhone to iOS 5.1.1 ?
    I am planning to buy iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4S after the next iPhone is launched. I am concerned that the 3GS that i buy might be on a pre-5.1.1 version and i would want to update to 5.1.1 but if iOS 6 is released then i might not be able to update it to 5.1.1 ?
    What should i do in this scenario ? Anything i can per-emptively do ?
    I currently have an iPhone 4 and iPod Touch and both are on 5.1.1 and JBken.
  2. Andy Ftw macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2011
    Yes, as iTunes won't update you to iOS 6 GM. That would only happen if you manually did it by shift-restoring so you should be good :)
  3. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    Registered developers can download the GM from Apple's developer page and will be able to "update" to iOS 6.
  4. rak007 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 31, 2011
    Sorry but i am not sure what you mean by that. From my limited previous experience, when i connect my iDevice, it says that a new software update is available for my iPhone and the version number. Won't it say i have new version iOS 6 available for my phone (instead of 5.1.1) when i connect a device with iOS version before 5.1.1 ?

    I am only concerned about the phones that i will be buying later on. Existing devices with me are all on 5.1.1 so that is not of concern.
  5. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
    The GM is only for developers, the live version for the public will probably launch next week.
  6. rak007 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 31, 2011
    Oh...i did not know the difference. I mean after the public release of iOS 6 (next week or whenever), will i still be able to update to iOS 5.1.1 ?
    I don't want to SOL and stuck on a pre iOS 5.1.1 OS which means i wont even have a jailbreak till it come out.
  7. Saberon macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2008
    Once iOS 6 goes *public* (very very like the 21st) then you will not be able to update to 5.1.1. They may overlap the ability to update for a day or two but don't hold your breath.
  8. rak007 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 31, 2011
    So is there anything i can do in such a case ? Like download the iOS 5.1.1 update now (some sort of IPSW or something), without actually having the device with me? Sorry but i have limited know how when it comes to restoring and updating iDevices.
  9. eastercat macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    You can do that, but don't dally when it comes time to installing the 5.1.1. As mentioned earlier, the window can range from a few hours to days.
    Are you buying the 3gs used? If so, the owner might have already gotten the blobs, so that would allow you to install any version outside the window. Unfortunately, this tactic works differently with the 4S--assuming it works at all; since I don't have one, I haven't kept up with the specifics.

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