You can no longer downgrade from iOS 7 to iOS 6
After a significant period of testing, Apple's overhauled iOS 7 has made the move and gone public and official. As with any major software rework, there was no shortage of bugs (some bigger than others), nor was there a lack of complaints about the new look of the OS. At PhoneArena we're overall happy with the new iteration of iOS – it sure is a work in progress and needs some tweaking, but the change was definitely needed, and for the better.
As always, however, there are those who don't quite like the new OS and want to revert back to iOS 6. Whether their concerns are strictly related to the new design, or they simply suddenly found out just how old their iPhone 4 is getting (the oldest iPhone to support the new OS), due to the significantly more animation-heavy iOS 7, they're simply not given a voice. Said more explicitly, in a typical Apple fashion the plug has been pulled on iOS 6 officially, meaning that whatever ways you could find to revert back will no longer work. That's not to say you can't revert back to it at all, it's just that Cupertino has stopped signing older firmware, meaning that you won't have access to essentials, such as the iTunes store.
Some of you will be quick to demonize Apple for this, and we fully get it – we're, after all, enthusiastic proponents of choice. On the other hand, Apple has traditionally kept OS fragmentation to a minimum thanks to a strong hand approach like this -- a good thing for a number of reason, like an overall better and more targeted support for our iPhones.
1. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
I hate the new colour scheme. Why does Apple insist on using a childish design for their OS? Android in my opinion looks far more professional. Here's hoping KK doesn't break the great .design
3. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1177; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
I prefer OEM custom UI's ,, stock android looks dull,, imo
4. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
Surely not Touchwiz? Or LG's version, whatever it's called.
7. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3510; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
LG's UI is called Optimus UI last time I heard. They might have changed it since then because they dropped the Optimus branding with the G2.
Anyways, I agree. I hate the cartoon-ish looks of iOS 7, Touchwiz, and LG's UI. Change the color scheme and it will be MUCH more welcome to the consumers. Stock Android looks much more minimal and professional, but sadly there are no more stock Android devices on Verizon, so I chose Motorola's stock-ish UI with mainly just changed icons, which I like. I like Sense 5 as well, very modern.
40. JC557 (Posts: 677; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Pulling out all my phones I have to agree. The Motorola and HTC UIs are nice while Touchwiz is a bit too playful looking. LG's UI can look a little more professional you change the theme to Shine and give the changed icons an aluminum border instead of going with the default Shine icons (did this for my LG Spectrum 2 and it matches up nicely).
24. Shatter (Posts: 1747; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Use a different launcher then, don't select your phone off its theme because it can be easily changed on android.
35. pookiewood (Posts: 465; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)
If HTC's Blink Feed was throughout the whole phone I would've considered the One.
28. GoBears (Posts: 279; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
I saw ios7 on a green 5c and it looked laughingly close to a little tikes phone or a leapfrog or something. I was hysterical. Google images of the green 5c and see for yourself. The chick who bought it was a little hissy at my comments but they were spot on.
30. iphone4microsim (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)
NEW SOLUTION HERE !!! /watch?v=IaR5HBcEVfM
39. JC557 (Posts: 677; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I was hoping Apple would make a design closer to the OSX side of things. It would look professional and fun. Instead they decided on the Playskool side of things like Windows XP.
2. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1177; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Lol, who would be dumn enough, to upgrade it, to begin with? Haaahaa
12. vincelongman (Posts: 476; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
I think iOS's icons look ulgy, they are too colorful, they should have a flat color tone, like the icons in settings.
Gamecenter (and the icon) looks like was designed for iOS 6, not at all flat.
And I don't like the Aero-like glass effect on control center, notification and siri, it's not flat, doesn't suit iOS 7, looks likes more it was designed for iOS 6.
However other than those, I think iOS 7 is a very very good, major improvement. IMO its the biggest/best improvement in the history of iOS. Especially control center and the improved multi-tasking.
18. lyndon420 (Posts: 1469; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
A lot of them upgraded because of a fake ad telling them that their phone would become waterproof with a software update.
5. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 169; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Two people I know with phone4 said they where going back to os6 as os7 was too slow, but you just know they never will. What fun am I going to have telling them they can't next time I see them.
I have to admit I've never reverted back to an older version of anything myself, so I can't understand why apple would lock people out of older versions, makes no scene to me.
11. nestea (Posts: 36; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)
forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1644922 iOS7 bugs, shame on you Apple
14. JunkCreek (Posts: 379; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
Why they don't just provide a way user can customize at least the wallpaper (no it can) and icons/themes?
Oh, sorry, I forgot, iPh would lag as hell if they implemented such features... Just read it, iOS slowed down by just a "heavy" animation on iOS 7. In Android, user can just go to display setting and choose to turn all animation off.
23. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 302; Member since: 24 May 2011)
can i still do it if i jailbreak my ipad?
I seriously hate this ios7
21. PapaSmurf (Posts: 5842; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Well there goes all plans on jumping ship on iOS 6 due to the massive amount of bugs in iOS 7 that will takes at least two updates to iron out.
25. Shatter (Posts: 1747; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Its pretty sad that enough people were switching back to IOS 6 that they are blocking it.
36. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
Ifans tried to jump ship to iOS6. Landed in water instead.
26. jb4674 (Posts: 106; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
Typical Apple BS. This is why I will never buy another iPhone again.
31. iphone4microsim (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)
GUYS SOLUTION HERE /watch?v=IaR5HBcEVfM
32. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
Shoving ios7 down ifans throats. Ios6 is rolling in it's grave.
33. AfterShock (Posts: 908; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Probably part an parcel of their new locking system?
Idk why'd you want roll back, I thought 7 was all that?
Users wanting to purposely fragment does not sound good, regardless we know its simply not allowed.
So there, you have what's been decided for you, what problem.
34. harigrg33 (Posts: 139; Member since: 20 May 2013)
Waterproof with software updates thn it will be more thn an innovation :D
37. TechDork (Posts: 162; Member since: 10 May 2010)
I don't see any problems with iOS 7. The new font is clean & nicely rounded. The animations are elegant & intuitive. The new color scheming really makes the OS pop instead of making it look washed out & dull, even the slight baby blue/blue gradient from older texts to newer texts is nifty. The only thing I miss is the sound when you unlock the phone. Everything about iOS 7, in my opinion, is beautiful. I've yet to experience any lag, battery drain, slower transitions or anything. Not sure what everyone is complaining about. Oh well, to each their own.
41. Yanquetino (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)
For some users, there is a legitimate need to downgrade to iOS 6.1.3 beyond a distaste for the new aesthetics. If you still work on a Power PC, its version of iTunes (10.6.3) will prompt you to upgrade your iPhone. If you click the button, that version of iTunes will download and install iOS 7.0.2. However... that very version of iTunes will no longer sync with your upgraded iPhone!
Yet Apple nonetheless refuses to let you un-install its now incompatible iOS! The only solution they offer? Buy a new computer... just to be able to use your phone.
There is no way that Apple should prompt one to install an upgrade that will no longer work on the hardware and system used for that very installation. OS X will not prompt you to upgrade beyond your platform's limitations. Neither will iTunes. Neither will any other Apple program. But in this case? Apple Support is in effect saying:
"We sure fooled you there with our iOS upgrade alert, didn't we? You took the bait, and now we've got you hooked into the only solution to sync your phone again: spend thousands of dollars to buy one of our newer computers. Thanks, sucker!"