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Apple likely stops signing for iOS 15, blocks downgrade from iOS 15.0.1

Apple halted signing for iOS 14.8 and leaves the recently released iOS 15.0.1 as the only upgrade option. Apple issued iOS 15.0.1 in early October to address iPhone 13 hardware issues including a bug that prevented users from unlocking the handset with Apple Watch

  • Published: October 11, 2021 6:48 PM IST
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Apple introduced iOS 15 late last month with a host of new features and improvements. The new iPhone operating system brought a revamped Safari, Live Text, and Visual Look Up, Focus, upgraded Apple Maps, among other features. While the new iOS comes pre-loaded with the latest iPhone 13 series, previous models gradually received the update following its official release. As per a report, Apple has ceased code signing for iOS 15, effectively blocking users from downgrading to the now out-of-date iOS version. Also Read - Apple delays MacBook Pro, AirPods 3rd gen shipments to October 29, but why?

As per AppleInsider, the stoppage comes after Apple halted signing for iOS 14.8 and leaves the recently released iOS 15.0.1 as the only upgrade option. Apple issued iOS 15.0.1 in early October to address iPhone 13 hardware issues including a bug that prevented users from unlocking the handset with Apple Watch. Certain vulnerabilities, like a lock screen bypass, were also patched. Also Read - Apple may not launch iPhone SE 3 next year, instead bring iPhone SE Plus with 5G support

With the release of iOS 15, Apple is no longer forcing users to adopt the latest and greatest OS to access security updates. Also Read - iOS 15.1 update now available: How to download on your iPhone, new features and upgrades

Device owners who prefer to remain on iOS 14 are offered regular updates as part of a separate release track and will see two software update choices in Settings, one for the latest iOS 14 version with bug fixes and another for iOS 15.

While users on the iOS 15 track can update to iOS 15.0.1, those who remained on iOS 14 and did not install iOS 14.8 have no recourse but to wait for a subsequent security update from Apple.

On a related note, Apple has delayed the shipment of its latest wearable watch 7 series till December. As per a Bloomberg report, the company is facing problems with the production of its latest wearable, much like iPhone 13 models.

(With IANS inputs)

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  • Published Date: October 11, 2021 6:48 PM IST



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