Jailbreakers Start Petition Demanding Apple to Open iOS Signing Window


Downgrade iOS Firmware

Yesterday, Apple accidentally opened the signing window for some of the older iOS versions briefly, which allowed some users to downgrade down to iOS 10.3.3 which was jailbreakable. 

The signing window was open for only an hour so many users couldn’t take the opportunity to downgrade. But Apple’s policy of closing the signing window for older iOS versions seems to have annoyed several users.

A reddit user has even started a petition on Change.org demanding Apple to keep the iOS signing window open. He wrties:

We directed this campaign to Apple to inform them how upset and unhappy we are with respect to this attitude they have had since they launched the iOS. System updates are being released all the time to improve stability and functioning, however it is not for everyone that way, and sometimes there are more problems than there were previously, such as the battery, performance and functioning of the device. And not only that, but also many people use essential applications (whether for professional or personal uses) that are not compatible with the latest version of iOS and can not use them.

Making downgrade can have consequences, especially in security bugs, however, when you decide to do it, you are 100% aware of this. Nobody forces you to downgrafe the iOS but it should be possible to do so for any reason.

That is why we, as members of a community and Apple users make this campaign, to show our point of view. So we all would like you to take this request into account and re-sign all versions of iOS, because after all, they are our devices and we should be free to choose what firmware we want to be in.

Apple stops signing older iOS versions, so users cannot downgrade down to a jailbreakable iOS version. Apple has used this strategy to keep jailbreakers at bay. It not only releases new software updates, that fixes the vulnerabilities used by the jailbreaks, it also stops signing the older iOS firmware file, which prevents users from downgrading back to the older iOS version that can be jailbroken.

Apple’s intention isn’t just to stop jailbreaking, but this strategy also ensures that users are protected from security vulnerabilities, and avoid the fragmentation issue that plagues Android.

It may be wishful thinking but it would be nice if Apple could give that choice to users, as users who are downgrading to an older iOS version are aware of the risks. It would have also given users like iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users to downgrade down to iOS 11.2 or iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users to downgrade to iOS 10.2 to avoid getting impacted by the slow iPhone issue.

What do you think? Should Apple open iOS signing window? Let us know in the comments. If you want Apple to open iOS signing window then don’t forget to sign the petition.