We've been getting a lot of questions on whether it is possible to downgrade iOS 7.1 / 7.1.1 to 7.0.6 or earlier, and rather than try and respond to everybody, we thought it is better instead to consolidate everything we know about the state of downgrading into one, clarifying article. So if you're interested in reverting to an earlier firmware, please check the information below.
If you hate the iOS 7 power-off screen then you're going to love BetterPowerDown. When Apple finally released iOS 7 to the public last year, it's fair to say that it wasn't met with complete acceptance. Some of the design changes that Jony Ive brought to the iPhone and iPad had some people not just shaking their heads, but also longing for the more familiar look and feel of the versions of iOS that they were so used to.
A security researcher has discovered major a flaw in the iOS 7 security system, apparently brought about by a botched attempt by Apple to patch an issue specific to iOS 6. The kernel exploit, if anything, has only been aggravated by the Cupertino's intervention, and as such, Azimuth Security researcher Tarjei Mandt believes that iOS 7 is "much worse" than its predecessor with regards security.
The wait for jailbreak is over. If you have still been rocking iOS 6.1.3, 6.1.4 or 6.1.5, the P0sixspwn untethered jailbreak is out today. It supports all devices running on the above mentioned firmware. The tool though is currently only available for Mac OS X users. Windows users will have to wait for a while before they can jailbreak their devices.
This is just in. Looks like Apple has randomly started signing iOS 6.0.x for a number of devices including the latest iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad mini, iPad 4, 3 and iPod touch 5. If you accidently updated to the latest firmware, or if your device came with iOS 6.1.4 / 6.1.3 pre-installed, now is the time to downgrade back to 6.0.x and jailbreak using Evasi0n.
If you pay attention to the jailbreaking scene, you'll be aware that the current state of jailbreak is not a good one. Currently, all A5+ devices cannot be jailbroken on the current iOS version, 6.1.3 or 6.1.4. Apple has stopped signing the iOS 6.1.2 firmware, which is the last firmware compatible with the Evasi0n untethered jailbreak.
With the release of iOS 7 beta 1 having just occurred, the question that was posed to a huge number of iOS device owners was whether or not they should upgrade, and lose their jailbreak just to try the first beta of iOS 7. For those not aware, many of the features found in iOS 7 are accessible already via jailbreak, thus it seems almost foolish to update. For those people that rely on a jailbreak too much however, like myself, I have some good news! A few packages and tweaks have hit Cydia in the last few days which do a great job of emulating iOS 7 on a jailbroken device.
It may be controversial, but iOS 7 does have a large number of fans, and if you are one of those, but don't have access to a developer account, then the next best thing would be applying a WinterBoard theme to bring the look and feel of the iOS 7 beta icons to iOS 6 - well, to the home screen, at least.
So, after much deliberation, rumor, concept and a little bit more rumor, Apple has finally shown the world what exactly Jony Ive's vision of software design is with the introduction of iOS 7. It's clean, crisp, and certainly a great deal brighter than ever before, but, new features aside, does it actually look better, and how does it compare? Here, we assess whether the clean lines and anti-skeuo approach is as much of a step forward as Apple has portrayed.
As has already been discussed in quite some detail over the past 24 or so hours since the WWDC announcement, iOS 7 has changed things in a big way. Essentially every facet of Apple's mobile OS has been tweaked and altered, delivering a look scarcely recognizable from iOS 6. Through no aspect are the changes more apparent than in the new home screen icons, and to really offer some perspective as to just how much different the new icons are versus old, Twitter user @pawsupforu has delivered a comparative illustration.