iOS 7Apple had released iOS 8 on 17 September for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Apple iOS 8 update comes with many new features and UI improvements. Apple has given more power to developers with iOS 8 update. It looks like Apple is also giving more power to its users.

Apple is always known for pushing faster updates. Apple users also update their devices as soon as new updates are released. Apple has earlier announced that 46% devices are now on iOS 8.

But Apple is also known for forcing users on newer versions of iOS. Apple generally stops signing older firmware once new updates are released, which means if you have updated your device to latest firmware you can’t downgrade to older firmware. But this seems to be changing with iOS 8 update.

A week back, Apple had released iOS 8 update, yesterday Apple had released minor update iOS 8.0.1 (pulled). And Apple is still signing older iOS 7 firmware. Apple has not closed the signing window for iOS 7.1.2. People who don’t the iOS 8 update, may downgrade to iOS 7.1.2.

Until Now, there was no way to rollback your iDevice to older firmware. Now, Apple is officially giving a way to downgrade. There are many reasons for which one may want to go back to older firmware. One of the main reason is Apps compatibility. Other reason are crashing, slower performance on older device (iPhone 4S) and many more.

Only older devices can be downgraded to iOS 7, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users can’t downgrade to iOS 7 as iOS 8 is default OS for iPhone 6. The following list of devices can be downgraded to iOS 7.1.2:

Compatible devices which can be downgraded to iOS 7.1.2:

  • iPhone:
    • iPhone 4S
    • iPhone 5
    • iPhone 5c
    • iPhone 5s
  • iPad:
    • iPad 2
    • iPad 3rd Generation
    • iPad 4th Generation
    • iPad Air
  • iPad Mini:
    • iPad Mini
    • iPad Mini with Retina Display
  • iPod
    • iPod Touch 5th Generation

You can’t rollback to iOS 7.1.2 directly. You need to restore your device using iTunes to downgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 7.1.2. You may need to hurry up as Apple may stop signing the iOS 7.1.2 anytime.

Will you downgrade to iOS 7.1.2?