Apple stops signing iOS 16.0.2, impossible to downgrade from iOS 16.0.3

Following the public release of iOS 16.0.3, Apple has stopped signing iOS 16.0.2. Now, iPhone users can not downgrade their smartphone from the latest iOS 16.0.3 version to the older.

iOS 16.0.3

Downgrades from iOS 16.0.3 to iOS 16.0.2 is no longer possible

Released on September 22, iOS 16.0.2 include fixes for iPhone 14 Pro’s shaky camera in third-party apps, copy-paste, VoiceOver not working, and other bugs. It also included security updates. However, certain performance issues were experienced on the latest iPhone models which are now addressed in the latest iOS update.

Last week, Apple released iOS 16.0.3 update with several bug fixes for iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models, like delayed notifications, slow camera launch, the Mail app crashing with a malformed email address, and low microphone volume during CarPlay use.

iOS 16.0.3

As the latest version includes new features, bug fixes, and security updates, it is common practice for the tech giant to stop signing older iOS versions after the public release of a new version to offer users a smooth experience and protect them from malicious malware or vulnerabilities.

Furthermore, Apple also stops signing older OS versions is because of jailbreak tools. Apple is against jailbreaking its devices. The company argues that users can download unapproved apps on jailbroken iPhones which could open the door for malware to weaken iOS security and jeopardize users’ privacy.

Thus, updating to the new version renders jailbreaking tools ineffective as jailbreak of the latest version is not immediately available. This way Apple ensures that all compatible devices run on the latest OS version by making it impossible to downgrade from it.

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