Apple ceases code signing for older iOS versions following iOS 11.2.5 release

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Apple on Wednesday stopped signing iOS 11.2,11.2.1 and 11.2.2 following last week's release of iOS 11.2.5, ensuring iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners are running the latest version of the mobile operating system.

Apple issued iOS 11.2.5 on Jan. 23 to deal with bugs and patch remaining Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.

Apple regularly stops signing code in an effort to prevent users from installing old iOS versions. The strategy is employed as a security measure to ensure users have the most up-to-date, bug-free software running on their iPhone, iPad and iPod. Forcing users to download and install the latest iOS versions also helps ease compatibility issues with cross-platform functionality and other software driven features.

The measure can create problems for users who encounter newly-introduced bugs. For example, iOS 11.2 was released ahead of schedule after a particularly nasty date-related bug was discovered in iOS 11.1.2.

So far, however, iOS 11.2.5 appears to be a stable release.

Looking ahead, Apple this month announced the upcoming iOS 11.3 update will bring promised battery and performance settings, ARKit 1.5, Health Records support, new Animoji characters and more.





Beta versions of the forthcoming iOS update went live last week ahead of an expected launch this spring.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 3
    mdossmdoss Posts: 18member
    I am curious as to how this will affect people who are still using iPhone 5 that does not support iOS 11.

    I am quite satisfied with iOS 10; but what I am particularly worried about is certain apps (say Uber or Google Maps for example) get updated and require iOS 11 to run.  I use Uber & Google Maps extensively, and it would affect me negatively if I could not longer use the apps and have to buy a new phone just for that.

    Cheers
  • Reply 2 of 3
    iOS 11.2.5 has been rock solid.Even on iPhone 5S.
  • Reply 3 of 3
    mdoss said:
    I am curious as to how this will affect people who are still using iPhone 5 that does not support iOS 11.

    I am quite satisfied with iOS 10; but what I am particularly worried about is certain apps (say Uber or Google Maps for example) get updated and require iOS 11 to run.  I use Uber & Google Maps extensively, and it would affect me negatively if I could not longer use the apps and have to buy a new phone just for that.

    Cheers
    You will still get 2 years support. Google Maps & Uber wont stop working after they make it iOS 11 a minimum.
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