Apple Stops Signing iOS 17.1 So You Can’t Install It Anymore

Apple has now stopped signing iOS 17.1, meaning that there is now no way to install that particular software on your iPhone.

This move comes after Apple released iOS 17.1.1 to the public on November 7 with Apple having already started testing iOS 17.2 with developer and public beta testers.

That update isn’t going to be released to the public for a little while yet, although we do expect that it will happen before the end of this year.

However, it’s important to remember that Apple often stops signing older versions of its iPhone software for a couple of reasons. The overarching reason is to try and make sure that as many people as possible are using the latest and greatest version of iOS, giving them access to the most recent APIs and features.

The other is a matter of security. If Apple makes sure that older versions of iOS cannot be installed it prevents bad actors from downgrading iPhones in order to take advantage of any security exploits that might be available.

With iOS 17.1.1 now the most recent version of iOS 17.1.1 and the only one that iPhone owners can install, it means that more people are likely to benefit from its various fixes. One fix dealt with a bug that stopped the NFC chip from working after the iPhone was wirelessly charged in some cars, while another fix ensures that the weather widget displays correctly.

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