iOS 9.3 Is Now No Longer Being Signed By Apple, Here’s What That Means For You

Apple has stopped signing iOS 9.3 firmware almost a month after the company released the said firmware to public.

Now Apple typically stops signing a firmware few days after releasing it to public, but in the case of iOS 9.3, it was different. This was because iOS 9.3 was botched with issues right after it went live in mid-to-late March. First there was an activation issue that affected some older iPhones and iPads, then there was links not opening bug that started crashing newer iOS devices whenever a link was tapped in Safari or any third-party app.

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Late last month, Apple released iOS 9.3.1 to fix all of the above mentioned bugs, and now after more than two weeks of making 9.3.1 available to public, Apple has finally decided to stop signing iOS 9.3 firmware, killing any future upgrade or downgrade to the said firmware in the process. But what does that mean for both jailbreak and non-jailbreak users?

Well, since iOS 9.3 and iOS 9.3.1 are pretty much the same firmwares in terms of security, it shouldn’t affect anyone. If you are on iOS 9.3, you should really be on iOS 9.3.1 whether you are a jailbreak user or not. This is because as mentioned earlier, iOS 9.3 and 9.3.1 are identical in terms of security patches, with the only difference being the fixes for bugs in the later firmware. It’s very likely that any future jailbreak that is released for iOS 9.3 will work on 9.3.1 as well.

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But if you are iOS 9.2.1 or 9.2, and care about jailbreaking, you may want to stay on those older firmwares. This is because if the recent release of iOS 9.1 jailbreak has taught us anything, it’s to stay on as low firmware version as possible to take advantage of any future jailbreak release.

Currently, there is no jailbreak available for iOS 9.2, 9.2.1, 9.3 and 9.3.1. The last public jailbreak released was for iOS 9.1. And now with Apple already already testing iOS 9.3.2, it is likely that those involved in making jailbreaks will be waiting until final release of iOS 9.3.2 before making any new jailbreak public, that is of course if they plan on releasing one soon.

As always, we’ll keep you updated if and when there is any new jailbreak update available. Stay tuned.

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