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This week, Apple stopped signing four earlier updates it released. This means users who have already updated to the latest versions of their system will no longer be able to downgrade.

The updates that Apple stopped signing include iOS 17.0.3, iOS 16.7.1, iOS 16.7, and iOS 15.7.9. With this, users now running iOS 17.1, iOS 16.7.2, and iOS 15.8 on their iPhones are blocked from downgrading to earlier update versions.

Users usually downgrade to earlier versions of their OS to stop the occurrence of some bugs they received in the current version of an update. Fortunately, this seems not to be the case in the recent versions of the said updates from Apple. In iOS 17.1, the company even fixed 18 vulnerabilities. One includes a high-risk flaw that could lead to a passive device tracking via Wi-Fi MAC address. Other security issues in different areas of iOS that were addressed in this update include Weather, Siri, Photos, Passkeys, Mail Drafts, Find My, and Contacts.

To update your devices, just follow the steps below:

Manual Update

  1. Go to the Settings app of your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down to see the General section and tap it.
  3. Tap Software Update.
  4. The page will show the current iOS version of your device and whether a new update is available.
  5. If a new version is available, tap Download.

Automatic Update

  1. To turn on the automatic update option of your iPhone, do the same steps mentioned above.
  2. On the Software Update page, tap the Automatic Update and activate Download iOS Updates and Install iOS Updates.
  3. This will install the update overnight while charging and you are connected to the Wi-Fi.
  4. On the page, you can also tap Update Now to get the update right away.
  5. Finish the required prompts to finalize the installation.


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