Following the release of iOS 16.2 on December 13, Apple stopped signing the pre-existing version of iOS, iOS 16.1. Since iOS 16.1.2 is no longer signed, it is no longer possible to downgrade to a previous version of iOS after installing the iOS 16.2 update.

To encourage customers to keep their operating systems up to date, Apple routinely stops signing old versions of software updates after new versions are released; this means that it is not uncommon for updates to no longer be signed.

iOS 16.1.2 was a minor update that added improved compatibility with wireless carriers and crash detection optimizations on iPhone 14 models.

The iOS 16.2 update that replaces it is the biggest iOS 16 update we’ve ever seen; Apple’s addition of the Freeform app, Apple Music Sing support, enhanced iCloud encryption with Enhanced Data Protection, and much more with all the changes. summarized in our dedicated iOS 16.2 guide.

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