Here You Go: Once You Upgrade to iOS 7, You Can’t Go Back

Apple is no longer signing the older firmware.

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People don’t like to be told what they can or can’t do. It’s probably genomic. So I sympathized with those who, when I wrote this iOS 7 upgrade pros/cons list last week, were adamant that you could, in fact, round trip it back to iOS 6. I’d listed “iOS 7 is a one-way trip” as a con, a reason to stick with iOS 6 if you weren’t keen on iOS 7′s look, or worried that your older, not-yet-updated apps might throw tantrums.

In order to downgrade to iOS 6, something Apple officially supported during the prerelease iOS 7 beta this summer, you had to download the latest version of iOS 6, plug in your iOS device, switch it to firmware download mode, then click through various iTunes settings to carry off the restore. In order for the process to complete, Apple had to “sign” the firmware, or you’d be left hanging in the wind.

There was apparently a brief period post-iOS 7 launch — a few days only — where Apple hadn’t stopped signing the iOS 6 firmware (thus sporadic claims, technically correct, that you could still downgrade to iOS 6). That serendipitous grace period has now ended, says International Business Times. If you attempt to downgrade to iOS 6 at this point, you’ll get stuck and be forced to reload iOS 7.

Or as IBT puts it:

If users now try to downgrade from iOS 7 to iOS 6, iTunes will show an error message, indicating that devices running on the public release of iOS 7 are not eligible for that specific firmware build. If you get that error while attempting to downgrade from iOS 7 to iOS 6, you can restore your device back to iOS 7 to get everything running again.

So I’ll say again: If you’re running iOS 6 and weighing the ups and downs of upgrading to iOS 7, reading about launch bugs as well as all the hip new features, make sure you’re ready to go, because for better or worse, there’s no going back.

10 comments
yanquetino
yanquetino

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!"

Unconcionable!

ConnorGibson
ConnorGibson

Okay so I was on 7.0.2 now I have downgraded, Found a trick in the book. If you do not believe me check my facebook.

www.facebook.com/connorgibson123


Email or message me and I will help you


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KBeau
KBeau

Hard to read - where are all my songs...need a magnifying glass for my videos - poor Steve Jobs...im sure he never expected any iOS to look so cartoonish.

BryanLaviolette
BryanLaviolette

I'm really surprised how bad this iOS is. The icons are flat. It looks very low-tech. Too simplistic. Can't stand the new calendar. Is there a week view available? The iOS' primary font is too thin. Legibility is a problem. Fortunately, there is an option to make all the fonts bold, but it's still difficult to read. As a former newspaper designer, I always favored easy readability over the cool look of a font. It's form vs. function. I'll take function every time.
It's time to check when I'm do for an upgrade. I'll be looking at Android and Windows phones.

NJayMaldito
NJayMaldito

I soooooooo wanna go back to iOS 6!!! PLEASE! 

SyamChoppara
SyamChoppara

iOS 7 is too worst. I am confused first its iOS or android. This is not like iOS it's look like a android. Particularly in this version iOS 7. Apple loose their standards to make good one in the market. Some option are there in iOS those are look very cheep. I am fan of apple I am using iPhone, iPad and MacBook Pro. I feeling so bad about this. In iOS 7 they loose unique concepts. It's make me a lough. How cheep its looking. I am not getting iOS 7 it's block n white screen or what?

yeskia
yeskia

For those of us who, for whatever reason, missed the downgrade deadline, don't have a choice.

Apple, how about allowing ios 7 downgrading to ios 6, and let the numbers speak for themselves?

Or, are you concerned that your "brilliant" ios 7 may be tarnished by the not so impressed...