You can no longer downgrade from iOS 7 to iOS 6

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.


via: iMore

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40 Comments

1. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 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: 2347; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I prefer OEM custom UI's ,, stock android looks dull,, imo

4. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Surely not Touchwiz? Or LG's version, whatever it's called.

7. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 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).

22. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

LG UI is overloaded.

24. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

If HTC's Blink Feed was throughout the whole phone I would've considered the One.

28. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 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: Sep 26, 2013

NEW SOLUTION HERE !!! /watch?v=IaR5HBcEVfM

39. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 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: 2347; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Lol, who would be dumn enough, to upgrade it, to begin with? Haaahaa

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5602; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

5. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

6. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Haters gonna hate

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Troll bait comment.

29. buccob

Posts: 2948; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Fans are gonna worship

8. ngyixian96

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 05, 2012

R.I.P Steve Jobs

9. nxl2610

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

R.I.P iOS

38. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

R.I.P Apple® You deserve it™

10. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2347; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

R.I.P truth

11. nestea unregistered

forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1644922 iOS7 bugs, shame on you Apple

13. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

im still ios6 :)

14. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 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.

17. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

sorry, I mean it is "now it can"

15. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

im still ios6 :)

16. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Sorry, I mean now it can

19. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

"'F'' U apple

23. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

can i still do it if i jailbreak my ipad? I seriously hate this ios7

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

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