It’s taken Apple a little more over ten days yet the Cupertino-based business has officially stopped signing iOS 12.2. The choice to no longer sign iOS 12.2 comes after Apple released iOS 12.3 into the open area on May 13, and afterward iOS 12.3.1 earlier today.
This is typical Apple conduct and for the most part happens when the company is happy that the last major release has been well-received and that iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners have figured to introduce it in their droves and aren’t having any serious problems.
It’s most likely fair to propose that there is likewise an element of a jailbreak-based motivation behind the choice as it implies that anyone who has upgraded to iOS 12.3 or above can never downgrade back to iOS 12.2 in front of any potential jailbreak being announced/released.
If you were to take the official line from Apple, at that point, the explanation for stopping signing firmware versions is to attempt and encourage as many device owners as could reasonably to upgrade to the most recent firmware. This implies that they did not just benefit from the most recent features, tweaks, and improvements, yet in addition to any new security patches and fixes which could possibly be pivotal to some users.
However, what is additionally means is that if a jailbreak for iOS 12.2 is reported and subsequently released, iOS 12.3 and 12.3.1 users would not have the option to downgrade back to iOS 12.2 to take advantage of that release. Except if, obviously, they had pre-empted this and right now secured their SHSH2 blobs on that version of the firmware.
From a public point of view, iOS 12.3 and 12.3.1 are currently the only versions of iOS which can be installed to compatible iPhones and iPads via official measures. Developers and those individuals with access to an official developer record can additionally download and install a pre-release version of iOS in the form of iOS 12.4. This is Apple’s next major version of iOS and will probably still be in beta as we fold into this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) where we will eventually see the first glimpse of iOS 13 in front of it being released to developers.
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So, as it stands, iOS 12.3.1 is the most recent public version of iOS. iOS 12.4 is now in beta and iOS 13 will be uncovered at the start of June amid WWDC. And, unfortunately for some, iOS 12.2 is no longer being digitally signed by Apple Inc.