Apple stops signing iOS 12.1.1 Beta 3, kills downgrades to jailbreakable firmware

Apple has finally stopped signing iOS 12.1.1 Beta 3 for compatible devices. Here’s what this means for the jailbreak community. 

Signing window of iOS 12.1.1 Beta 3 closed

Apple has closed the signing window of iOS 12.1.1 Beta 3, which was the last jailbreakable firmware version that was still signed.

As of this writing, iOS 12.1.1 Beta 3 is not signed for any device that’s capable of running it.   

The closure of the signing window shouldn’t affect anyone as Apple left the signing window open for almost three months.

This is unheard of in the realm of jailbreaking as exploitable versions are unsigned almost instantly.    

For those who don’t know, Apple launched the third beta of iOS 12.1.1 on November 15, 2018.

The sheer duration of the signing window suggests that something fishy is going on behind the scenes.

Usually, all iPhone and iPad users, except for jailbreak enthusiasts, update their devices to the latest signed version via OTA.

It’s plausible to assume (without wearing a tin foil hat) that Apple may be using this update to lure jailbreakers and then track their devices to get a handle on new features that users actually want on iOS. 

What next?

Users who are already on this version or below will remain unaffected by this development. 

Further, upgrades will still work thanks to FutureRestore and SHSH Blobs.

Downgrades, on the other hand, will cease to work as iOS 12.1.3 and above versions lack a functional jailbreak or a nonce setter.  

iOS 12.1.1 Beta 3 unsigned

Should you decide to downgrade or upgrade now to iOS 12.1.1b3, iTunes will throw error 3194, forcing you to update to the latest firmware.

So, please do not attempt to restore your device unless you saved valid SHSH Blobs beforehand.   

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