iOS 9.3 No Longer Being Signed, Downgrade No Longer Possible
After a strangely long period of signing iOS 9.3 firmware for compatible iPhone, iPad, iPod touch devices, Apple has ceased to sign its aforementioned software, making downgrading from iOS 9.3.1 no longer possible.
Apple Has Stopped Signing iOS 9.3 After A Mighty Long Period, Making Downgrading No Longer Possible
iOS 9.3 is a mighty solid upgrade, bringing with it a ton of new changes for the better. With features like Night Shift added to the roster, it was a clear sign that Apple wasn't resting easy in the background when it comes to adding features for enhancing its overall mobile experience. And to further take iOS 9.3 up a notch, iOS 9.3.1 was released shortly after to fix a few bugs that were introduced with iOS 9.3 firmware.
Today, things have changed a bit from Apple's end, with iOS 9.3 no longer being signed, meaning that users of iOS 9.3.1 or iOS 9.3.2 beta can no longer downgrade to the aforementioned firmware using iTunes. If you've updated to iOS 9.3.1, then you're stuck on it for good. But, the good news is, you can still downgrade to iOS 9.3.1 from iOS 9.3.2 beta. That's all there is to it.
If you're currently running iOS 9.3, then we highly recommend that you upgrade to iOS 9.3.1 without giving it a second thought, as it brings with it some solid bug fixes that were introduced with the release of iOS 9.3. But, if you're hoping for an iOS 9.3 jailbreak, then we would suggest that you keep your hopes a little low as news regarding its release is next to none. Therefore there's no point in sticking with iOS 9.3 for now, and iOS 9.3.1 is the way to go.
If you wish the reap the benefits of iOS 9.3.1 to its fullest, then we recommend taking a complete backup of your iOS device using iTunes or iCloud, then restore your iPhone or iPad fresh using iTunes. Basically you're going to install iOS 9.3.1 from scratch, which will in turn give you the maximum performance and battery output from your device. And to step things up a notch, we also recommend calibrating your iPhone or iPad's battery as well after the restore.
It's always a good idea to keep things fresh on the iOS front, ensuring things are ticking along nicely for you. For instance, removing unused apps and games is also a good idea, whereas cleaning up iCloud storage to free up storage space is an added bonus step you can take.
Keep things tidy, folks. You never know when you might hit a roadblock in terms of performance.
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