iOS 10 Jailbreak Release Date, Latest News & Update: Downgrading No Longer An Option As Apple Updates OS Signing Protocol

By Snooky Grawls , Updated Oct 20, 2016 10:59 PM EDT

Apple urges folks to upgrade to the latest iOS versions to stay up-to-date, addressing fixes and improving Apple device performance. Unfortunately, the company has set the bar on up to where downgrades can be made iOS 10.0.2.

Users normally downgrade for different reasons. The most popular reason is perhaps to try out some iOS jailbreaks available only in previous versions. An iOS 9.3.5 jailbreak was previously reported as available even if the frequency of users running under the old operating system may be few. This can be backread here.

Until the recent announcement, some folks could easily downgrade to check that out and see what perks that and previous iOS jailbreak versions could bring. Security is of course compromised with aspiring users warned of the risks. Now, however, the farthest an Apple device owner can downgrade may be up to iOS 10.0.2, Ubergizmo reported.

Apple has set its foot down on iOS signings with iOS 10.0.2 that farthest anyone can do as far as rolling back. Hence, Apple owners can no longer downgrade to iOS 9 as the Cupertino company ramps up efforts to entice iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch owners to keep their devices updated.

Excluded are the ones using old devices such as the iPhone 4 which was recently added to the “Vintage Apple” list though this covered only Japan as mentioned in a previous post. With the new features iOS, 10 and above brings, old devices are naturally expected to slow down.

While this development seems like bad news for Apple owners, expect some wise minds to find ways to work around the iOS 10.0.2 limit moving forward. Some may still be running on iOS 9 for the obvious reason of using jailbreaks. The move may not be surprising given Apple’s quest to provide optimum service despite the fact that iOS 10 has been slowly showing off lots of loopholes tied up with compatibility and device security.

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