Following release of iOS 9.0.2, Apple stops signing iOS 8.4.1 and iOS 9.0


Following the release of iOS 9.0.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch this morning, Apple has closed the signing window for iOS 8.4.1 and iOS 9.0. This means that users can no longer downgrade from  a more recent version of the operating system to either of those older builds.

This is something Apple always does once a new version of iOS has been out for a considerable amount of time. iOS 9 was released two weeks ago today and now that iOS 9.0.1 and iOS 9.0.2 to fix any bugs that the update may have caused, there’s no reason, at least in the eyes of Apple, for anyone to want to downgrade to iOS 8.4.1.

This may come as a disappointment to users who have been experiencing issues with iOS 9. The update caused several performance problems for users, especially those of older generation devices. Apple, however, claims that iOS 9.0.1 and iOS 9.0.2 fix nearly all of those issues.

As of right now, Apple is still signing iOS 9.0.1. So if for some reason you updated to iOS 9.0.2 this morning and need to rollback, it’s still possible at this point. It’s unclear, however, for how much longer that signing window will be open, so you should downgrade sooner rather than later if you need to.

The release of iOS 9.0.2 this morning bought a handful of bug fixes relating to iMessage, Podcasts, iCloud Drive, and more. The update also fixes the security issue that allowed access to photos and contacts from the lock screen.

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  1. PhilBoogie - 7 years ago

    IIRC, last year that window only lasted 4 days. This year seems way longer; I wonder why?

  2. lkernan - 7 years ago

    I needed to downgrade a phone back to 8.4.1 when it got stuck in the iOS 9 setup screens.
    I’m guessing that issue might have played a part in keeping it around longer than normal

  3. windy999 - 7 years ago

    ios 9 is a welcome update and Apple has finally added some features which users have been asking for a long time.

    See what else we have to say at;

    Reviews on;
    More to be added soon

  4. ayratwtd - 7 years ago

    iPhone 4s very slow on iOS 9.0.1 & 2. iOS 9.0 works fine.

  5. connectionfailure - 7 years ago

    Although a longtime Apple customer, losing the ability to downgrade is a big PITA. They never did it with their computers, you could always go back to the OS version that existed the day you bought it. Which you should be able to, because you bought it that way.

  6. Robert Constantine - 7 years ago

    I never upgraded to 8.4.1 (I think I have 7.1.2 still) on my iPad 2. Should I upgrade to 9.02, or should I just muddle along with what I have?

  7. Peter Roshko (@proshko) - 7 years ago

    Well they completely screwed my child in school for the next 30 days. The school’s LMS won’t be ready for 9.x for another 30 days so she is unable to access any of her class info or do online assignments. Thanks Apple – you completely suck. Eventually your attitude of controlling our entire online experience will come back to bite you. Think about how many more Android phones are now being sold versus iPhones.

  8. Dennis Russell - 7 years ago

    I wonder how bad this upgrade “improvements” will be. The last update rendered I-tunes to a piece of garbage. Not sure how long it will be before these greedy geniuses (idiots) render the I-phone into an expensive doorstop. The one time sweet tasting Apple is starting to rot from the inside leaving it’s loyal users with a bad taste in their mouths.

    • fistsoffrost123 - 7 years ago

      This seems like a troll comment for several reasons. iTunes and iPhone are intentionally misspelled and you spent an entire paragraph crapping on an update without a single example of what got borked. Two thumbs down.


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