Point of no return: Apple closes the door to revert to iOS 7

Point of no return: Apple closes the door to revert to iOS 7
Owners of the iPhone 5s, or 5c, or recent iPad, who updated to iOS 8, and wanted to go back to iOS 7.1.2 have lost the opportunity.

A few days ago, we shared steps that users could use to pull their previous generation “i-device” back to the previous generation operating system. At the time though, we also advised that people that wanted to make the move should make that decision quickly.

It looks like that window of opportunity has now closed. Apple has stopped signing iOS 7.1.2, so following the steps we prescribed will no longer work. iTunes will now toss up an error message that devices are not eligible for the requested build of the older operating system.

That means that devices updated to iOS 8 are now in it for the duration. If your device was jailbroken before the update, it may be possible to retrieve the previous OS, but that is not guaranteed. If you updated and had been thinking about going back, may as well batten down the hatches, you are committed now.

source: Macworld

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40 Comments

1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

I think if people can go back to ios 6 they've done that. 7 and 8 is not well executed.

2. HansGoneInsane unregistered

I think you are wrong.

3. AlikMalix unregistered

You're wrong... Well, maybe for iPhone 4, but I've seen iPhone 4 run well with a few tweaks in the settings - witnessed first hand - see your Apple Store Genus they'll set it up... The only reason some (very few) will go back to iOS6 is for old looks, not iOS itself..

12. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

You're right. I have an iPhone 5 and I would go back to 6 in a heart beat lol. Each version progressively got slower or uglier lol

37. JMartin22

Posts: 2388; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Where did they hire their designer Jony Ive from, kindergarten?

22. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Or, they didn't upgrade to 7 or 8 in the first place. I was skeptical of iOS 7 on anything other than the 5S or newer. Invariably, things run slower when you try to operate an O/S that attempts to do multi-tasking on devices that were first released with an OS (6 and earlier) not designed for multi-tasking.

4. Barracuda

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 21, 2014

Apple lets users of the Ipad2 upgrade to ios8, devices become unusable, users can not downgrade, apple gets millions of ipad sales they would not had if they did not tirck people to install ios8 on their ipads 2 which run the same soc as the iphone 4. exactly what happened to the Iphone 3g owners with ios4 they became so slow after upgrading the users had to buy the new iphones.

6. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I think it is terrible that the ipad 2 is the next to lose updates and they sold it up until this year.

8. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Its a 3, almost 4 years old ipad, what do you expect? Want to see how well runs the android a 2011 android tablet? Give it a break, they gave the option to upgrade to ios8 to get the nice extra features, plus in few months they always fix those lagh issues to older models like they did with 7.1, and now hopefully 8.1

11. Barracuda

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 21, 2014

the Ipad 2 was still being sold in 2014!

5. aminkhs

Posts: 14; Member since: May 11, 2014

Iranian developers are making a new mobile OS!! its launcher for android release soon!! rayasoft.mihanblog.com/post/117

7. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Well first of all its not NEW mobile OS, its just a luncher for android.

9. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Don't you see it's ad?

16. aminkhs

Posts: 14; Member since: May 11, 2014

it's news not ad!

15. aminkhs

Posts: 14; Member since: May 11, 2014

no! its android launcher! ApAdAnA OS based on ubuntu linux platform!

10. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Just another way Apple screws their customers into buying their latest iCrap.

13. fuhrer

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 29, 2013

IOS 8 SUCXXX

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31606; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

THEN DON'T USE ITTTT

20. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

not like they have a choice.lol

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31606; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They do, if they're just android fanboys hating on apple :D

23. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Actually, they don't have a choice. Once they have upgraded, they are iScrewed. Other than the recent debacle with iOS 8.0.1, users who upgraded were not allowed by Apple to down grade. If you don't need the pseudo multi-tasking or 'new' look and feel of iOS 7+, installing iOS 6.1.4 on a new Apple phone or tablet is not an option.

33. steedsofwar unregistered

Maybe you didn't read the article DJ. Not everything is about fanboys.

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31606; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

With fanboys it is, and I did read the article SOW

36. steedsofwar unregistered

You read the article and you still think they can roll back to iOS 7? Now that is what I call a gay posing i$heep

38. JMartin22

Posts: 2388; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Now if they only made those creatine power drink mixes on your brain, instead of your muscles.

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Not that I would ever want to, or anyone for that matter, but does Android offer a way to revert to a previous version of the OS? If not then I think it's rather hypocritical of everyone lecturing Apple enthusiasts about it.

18. tedkord

Posts: 17465; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

B Yes, you can revert to older firmwares in Android. I can revert my Samsung phone back to the original 4.0 ICS, or anything in between, any time I want.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17465; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But I should add, it depends on the bootloader. I don't have the latest Samsung firmware installed because they encrypted the bootloader and is locked tight, so changing becomes a hassle.

32. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

I believe if you use ODIN and load up STOCK OS, then you can go back to previous versions even on a locked bootloader. It only matters if you're trying to install a non-stock or custom ROM.

35. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

I can not revert my VZW Note 3 back to 4.3 to eliminate the crappy signal issue. It's awesome having a 4G devices rolling to 3G all the time,

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