Apple Stops Signing iOS 9.2 Firmware; Should Jailbreakers Update?

Apple has officially stopped signing iOS 9.2 firmware. That means you can no longer downgrade your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch devices from iOS 9.2.1. So what are the consequences for the jailbreak community? Read on to find out.

In January, Apple released a small update, iOS 9.2.1, which was designed to patch some security flaws and fix other minor bugs without completely overhauling iOS 9.2. The update was released publicly to all users, however, at the same time Apple was still signing iOS 9.2. This situation was good for jailbreakers, since you could perform a downgrade from iOS 9.2.1 on your device using iTunes. But now Apple is no longer signing iOS 9.2, which stops you from downgrading.

What Should You Do If You’ve Upgraded to iOS 9.2.1?

First of all, if you have already upgraded to iOS 9.2.1, you cannot go backwards and downgrade to 9.2. Fortunately the well known jailbreak team Pangu has announced that is it indeed safe to update to iOS 9.2.1. For several weeks, developers have been on the verge of jailbreaking iOS 9.2.1. Once this is released you will be able to jailbreak your devices.

What Should You Do If You Haven’t Upgraded?

If you have not upgraded, then you should not update to iOS 9.2.1. the consequences of upgrading mean you will lose your jailbreak. You will probably be prompted to download iOS 9.2.1 when you sign in to iTunes. Just ignore the update and wait until there is a jailbreak. Remember, iOS 9.2.1 is still being signed, meaning that an upcoming jailbreak would be safe to perform. In the meantime, patience is a virtue!

What Should You Do If You Have iOS 9.2?

If you have a phone with iOS 9.2 then you are not jailbroken. So should you update? We recommend you update immediately. Apple should be releasing iOS 9.3 to the public shortly. Yesterday Apple seeded the third beta of iOS 9.3 to developers for testing. IOS 9.3 adds a major enhancement to the display capability, Night Shift, which reduces the amount of blue light you are exposed to at night. The update accomplishes this by shifting the device to colors on the warmer spectrum, such as yellow. Apple News added more personalization features, and there are Quick Actions for Weather, Settings, Compass, Health, App Store, and iTunes Store.

The third beta of iOS 9.3 fixes issues related to telephone carriers. It adds wi-fi calling for Verizon users, so they can use wi-fi if they lack cellular connectivity. It also fixes a T-Mobile bug that prevented apps from loading when the phone was using a cellular connection.

Waiting for the Jailbreak

The developments between iOS 9.2 and iOS 9.3 have resulted in a cat and mouse game with jailbreakers. Jailbreaks have probably broken iOS 9.2 already, but they are waiting to find out what Apple decides to do before making any public releases. Apple may patch iOS 9.3 so that it patches a jailbreak completely before it’s released, so that makes the project a bit more daunting. When Apple releases iOS 9.3 – or there is a publicly available jailbreak – we will update our readers immediately.

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