Users who have updated their iPhones to iOS 17 will no longer be able to return to iOS 16. With the 17.0.3 update released on Wednesday (4), Apple stopped the distribution of iOS 16.6.1, thus preventing users from downgrading the system.
The change is not necessarily new, since it is Apple’s habit to prevent users from returning to previous versions of iOS. As always, the company did not disclose the change, but some users commented on the subject on X (Twitter).
In addition to interrupting the distribution of iOS 16.6.1, the company also took the standard iOS 17 and iOS 17.0.1 out of circulation. Currently, Apple only distributes iOS 17.0.2 and iOS 17.0.3.
By reinforcing the withdrawal of updates, Apple reduces the chances of fragmenting the ecosystem into several versions, as on Android.
iOS 17.0.3 has a fix for the overheating problem
Last Wednesday (4), Apple released iOS 17.0.3 to the general public. The update fixes the overheating problem of the iPhones 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max.
The company also said it works to optimize applications that caused the heating problems, so the changes may also introduce important improvements to other models.
On the same day, Apple released the iPadOS 17.0.3 update for the iPad. The package fixes a kernel-level vulnerability that granted privileges to attackers.
The company states that the breach is known to criminals and has even been exploited in previous versions of the system. Therefore, consumers must update their devices as soon as possible.