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You Can’t Downgrade From iOS 11 to iOS 10 – It’s Gone

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There’s no going back at this point.  Apple won’t let you return to pre-iOS 11 firmware.  Which means, if you’ve got an older version and you want to stay there, don’t update to 11, because you can’t downgrade.  This kind of makes sense though, doesn’t it?  Apple had a beta version available for a really long time.  Well, a few months.  But long enough for them to know if it’s going to work or not.  What I do find interesting, is how quickly this happened.  It’s been about 2 weeks – maybe 3 – and they’re telling you it’s done.  Does this seem too soon, or is it just me?

iOS 11 has a ton of new features and enhancements.  Including an all-new Control Centre design, a new Notification Centre, along with many other improvements.  I really like iOS 11, but that doesn’t mean everyone does.  Very soon after Apple released iOS 11, they sent out iOS 11.0.1 as they needed to fix some bugs and performance issues.  About a week after that, Apple released iOS 11.0.2, which attempted to fix call quality for some iPhone 8 and 8 Plus devices.

That being said, if you upgraded to iOS 11.0.2, you can still downgrade to iOS 11.0.1, but you can’t go back any further than that.  Typically, though, the people that this affects the most are jailbreak users.  So maybe that’s the reason for this?  Because we don’t actually know, that’s mere speculation.  But it would be nice to know the answer.  Specifically, because iOS 11 is so new, I think there are some people that do want to go back.  Maybe there are more bugs in 11 than Apple anticipated.  But Apple just doesn’t want you to go back.

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In fact, they have made iOS 11.1 available for developers and public testers.  With it comes a ton of refinements and speed related improvements.  I’d like to know, however, if it’s going to fix the battery related issues that from the initial release.  This has been a bit of an issue for me, so I am definitely wondering if this is an included fix.

Apple only releases major updates once a year, so you’re going to have to wait until next September to get iOS 12.  Sure, you’ll hear about it in June, but you won’t be able to take it for a test drive until later next year.  Which makes you wonder why they got rid of 10 so soon after.  Doesn’t it?

The simile that comes to mind is a bad breakup.  It’s September 2016, and things are going well.  You’ve just hit a relationship milestone, and things are looking good.  But if you’re not growing, you’re regressing and you start to think about your relationship.  In June of 2017, you come up with a plan and you decide to spend the summer “working on it”.  August rolls around and you know things aren’t working, but it’s just not the right time.  September 19, 2017, comes and you make the move.  You cut the cord and finally break up.  It’s really exciting at first, and you’re happy with your decision.  By the beginning of October, you’re feeling so good, you just want to put this part of your life in the past.  So you gather up all of his belongings, put them into a box and light that thing on fire.

Well, that’s what Apple has done with iOS 10.  It’s officially dead and gone.  And there’s no chance of it coming back.  All jokes aside though, it’s gone.  It’s really gone.