Apple Is No Longer Signing iOS 17.3

Following the release of iOS 17.3.1 to the public just a few days ago Apple has now stopped signing iOS 17,3, a move which means that there is now no way to install that software on any iPhone around the globe.

Apple routinely stops signing older versions of iOS to ensure that people cannot install them for various reasons.

Sometimes it’s to prevent people from installing an older, more insecure version of the iPhone’s software to allow it to be jailbroken or hacked in any way. Installing older versions of iOS has historically been one of the ways that people have jailbroken their iPhones. However, people dealing with specific bugs also sometimes like to downgrade to older versions of iOS to try and avoid them.

The iOS 17.3.1 update was released to deal with a bug that caused some duplication of text while the iOS 17.3 update that it replaced brought with it a bigger improvement via a new Stolen Device Protection feature.

Apple is of course already beta-testing iOS 17.4 with developers and that will likely be released to the public within the next couple of weeks. Those who currently have the beta installed can also downgrade to iOS 17.3.1 should they need to, but Apple will likely stop signing that release soon after iOS 17.4 is released to the public.

The iOS 17.4 update will bring plenty of changes to those who use their iPhones in the EU including support for third-party app stores and more.

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