Apple blocks downgrades to iOS version 13.2.2 as updates continue to fix bugs

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Apple last months rolled out iOS version 13.2.3 to its iPhones. The update fixed a number of issues with the system search and the Messages app among other things. Now, nearly two weeks after the company rolled out the latest version of its mobile operating system, it has blocked signing the older version of its mobile OS, that is, iOS version 13.2.2.

This means that iPhone users can no longer downgrade from iOS version 13.2.3 to iOS version 13.2.2 using iTunes or the Finder apps. For those who are wondering why would anyone go back to installing an older version of iOS the answer is simple. Sometimes users who are experiencing issues with the latest version of iOS can revert to using the older and perhaps more stable version of the mobile OS. Additionally, it is used by those in the jailbreak community to install and use third-party apps that are not supported by Apple’s App Store.

As mentioned before, Apple rolled out iOS version 13.2.3 on November 18. While the update didn’t add new features to Apple’s iOS ecosystem, it focused on updates fixing issues in the company’s mobile OS. The changelog shared by Apple says that the iOS 13.2.3 fixed the following issues:

— Issue where system search and search within Mail, Files, and Notes might not work.
— Issue where photos, links, and other attachments might not display in the Messages details view.
— Issue that could prevent apps from downloading content in the background.
— Issues that may prevent Mail from fetching new messages, and fail to include and quote original message content in Exchange accounts.

Now the company has blocked a potential using which iPhone users could re-install an older version of iOS on their smartphones. This has been done to ensure that all the devices are running on the latest version of iOS and are remain devoid of bugs and vulnerabilities that were present in the older iOS version.

Separately, a report by 9To5 Mac states that Apple at the moment is working on iOS 13.3, which is in the developer and public beta testing mode. The company is expected to roll out its next software update, which features security updates and tweaks in addition to Screen Time Communication Limits, in coming weeks.