Apple Stops Signing iOS 9.2.1 – What Everyone (Including Jailbreakers) Should Know


Apple has stopped signing iOS 9.2.1 firmware update for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch users. What does it mean for jailbreak users and everyone else? We'll explain in the most concise manner possible.

iOS 9.2.1 For Compatible Devices Has Been Ceased To Sign By Apple, Making Downgrade No Longer Possible

Even after the release of iOS 9.3, subsequently iOS 9.3.1, Apple kept on signing iOS 9.2.1 firmware update for all compatible devices. But today, Apple has made the bold move and ceased to sign iOS 9.2.1. For starters, it means that you cannot downgrade from iOS 9.3.1 or iOS 9.3 to iOS 9.2.1 any longer. But the good news that runs parallel to this is: Apple is still signing iOS 9.3 at this current point in time, which means you can safely downgrade to the aforementioned firmware from iOS 9.3.1, given that you've updated to it in the first place.

We have a prompt guide outlining the entire downgrade-from-iOS-9.3.1 process, so be sure to check that out below.

How To Downgrade From iOS 9.3.1

On the other hand, when it comes to a potential jailbreak, this is big news as well. First of all, if you missed the opportunity to downgrade to iOS 9.2.1, then there's no way you can go back from iOS 9.3.1 or iOS 9.3, or even upgrade to that firmware from an older version of iOS 9.x. What this means is: if you were swift enough to perform a clean install of iOS 9.2.1 on time, then you're all set for jailbreaking, given that an untethered solution lands in the first place. And keeping in mind how silent the jailbreak world has gone in the past few weeks, either we won't see a jailbreak be released any time soon, or we're in for a huge surprise from the likes of TaiG or Pangu Team.

All is still not lost though, as Apple is still signing iOS 9.3 at this current point in time, so we recommend that you do a clean install of that through iTunes and stick to it till have further updates from the world of jailbreaking. But, we're making it abundantly clear at this point in time that news regarding a potential jailbreak for either iOS 9.2.1, iOS 9.3, iOS 9.3.1 is almost non-existent, if you keep in mind updates from the past few weeks, so do not hold your breath all the way.

We really wish that a jailbreak solution for iOS 9.3.1 drops in the public domain, rather than just iOS 9.2.1 or iOS 9.3. But given the shortage of news and updates, we're concerned that we'll see a solution more or less like the one released for iOS 9.1, something which was missed out by a lot of users, mainly due to the fact that iOS 9.1 is not being signed at this current in time.