Apple officially released iOS and iPadOS 14 last Wednesday with a lot of exciting new features for the iPhone and iPad. And now, a week after the release, Apple stopped signing iOS 13.7 and iPadOS 13.7.
This is important news as iOS and iPadOS 13.7 were the last versions of iOS 13 that could be rolled back if you didn’t like iOS and iPadOS 14. However, Apple stopped the option to downgrade iOS or iPadOS 14 to iOS or iPadOS 13.
For most iPhone and iPad users, this is not a big problem. However, for jailbreakers and those who encountered bugs after upgrading to iOS 14, this is a problem.
There is already an exploit for iOS and iPadOS 13.7, which could one day become available to the general public in the form of a jailbreak. It remains to be seen if this exploit works with iOS and iPadOS 14, and if so, when the hacker releases the exploit and whether it will be jailbroken.
However, iOS and iPadOS 13.7 are more likely to be jailbroken in the future than iOS and iPadOS 14 anyway. The news is definitely about the impatient crackers who have already updated despite the hacker’s advice. Everyone always recommends staying on as old version of the system as possible.
On the other hand, there is a checkra1n jailbreak for older iPhones and iPads running iOS and iPadOS 14. The checkra1n team added support for A9 (X) devices on Monday night, noting that they will try to add support for A10X devices in the coming weeks. They are not yet sure if support for A11 devices (iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X) will be available with iOS 14, only time will tell. Even newer devices are not supported by the checkra1n tool.
Many people wonder why Apple stops signing old iPhone and iPad firmware, and the answer is quite simple, albeit multifaceted. Here are some of the reasons why Apple stops signing older firmware:
- Encouraging users to download and use the latest new features.
- Ensuring that users can benefit from the latest bug fixes and performance improvements.
- Downgrade Prevention to prevent tampering and suppression of third-party settings.
- Forcing as many people as possible to update in order to increase the number of users for statistics.
It would be great if Apple didn’t stop signing firmware and instead allowed users to upgrade to any version, even if that would mean accepting the risk or agreeing to disclaim the device’s warranty. But this is far from a perfect world, and we all know that Apple loves control. The situation is unlikely to change in the future.
As always, you can check which iOS and iPadOS versions are subscribed to for your device on the handy IPSW.GURU website. There you will find an intuitive user interface and links to download individual firmware files.