Downgrade From iOS 16.3 To iOS 16.2 No Longer Possible, Here’s Why
Apple is no longer signing its iOS 16.2 update, a move which means that nobody can now install the update on their iPhone.
Apple regularly stops signing its older iOS updates, and this iOS 16.2 cessation comes after it released iOS 16.3 to the public on January 23.
It also means that iOS 16.3 is the only version of iOS available to people who restore their iPhones — at least until Apple releases a newer version.
The decision to stop singing older versions of iOS is a simple one — it ensures that people are using the latest versions of the iPhone’s software which include the latest versions and security fixes across the board. That means that Apple’s decision to stop singing iOS 16.2 is not an unusual one.
The iOS 16.3 update that is now the only option includes support for Security Keys for Apple IDs as well as tweaks to how Emergency SOS works. The iOS 16.3 update is also required for people who want to use the updated second-generation HomePod.
Apple will surely release the iOS 16.4 update in the future, but there is currently no indication of when that will be. There is also no beta for that update yet, so we don’t know what new features or fixes the update will have to offer but we can expect that to change in the coming weeks.