How to Downgrade iOS 12 Beta to iOS 11.4 on iPhone and iPad

Despite Apple only releasing the developer beta of iOS 12, many people would have ended up installing it on their iPhone or iPad in their excitement to try out the major next release of the OS. Despite being a beta, iOS 12 developer beta does bring plenty of new features and changes to the table.

However, it is still a beta we are talking about here so its bound to be unstable and buggy. If you are done trying out iOS 12 on your iPhone or iPad and are now looking for a way to get back to iOS 11.4 on it, follow the steps below. Before you proceed with the downgrading process though, there are a few things you need to know.

Pre-Requisites

• You will not be able to restore your iOS 12 iCloud or iTunes backup. After downgrading, the last backup you will be able to restore would be the one taken on iOS 11.4 or an older version of the OS. So, make sure to backup your important data before proceeding with the downgrade process.

• The process will take a fair bit of time, so ensure you have both: time in your hand and at least 70 percent charge on your iPhone or iPad

How to Downgrade From iOS 12 Beta to iOS 11.4

Step 1: First, get your hands on the iOS 11.4 IPSW file by download it from the link below. Ensure that you are downloading the correct firmware for your device.

Note: If you’re downloading the firmware file using Safari then ensure that auto unzip feature is disabled, or use Chrome or Firefox. Alternatively, renaming the .zip file as .ipsw file should also work.

Step 2: On your device, you have to disable Find My iPhone. Go to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone and toggle off the switch.

Step 3: Put your iPhone or iPad into DFU mode. If you own an iPhone 8 or iPhone 7, read this guide for entering DFU mode, while iPhone X owners will have to follow these steps.

Older iPhone and iPad owners need to follow the steps mentioned below:

• Plug your device into your computer.

• Turn off your device by holding the Power button and then sliding to power off.

• Next, press and hold the Power button for 3 seconds.

• Then begin holding the Home button without releasing the Power button for 10 seconds.

• Release the power button and continue holding the home button until you get a popup from iTunes that it has detected your device is in Recovery mode. If you don’t see the popup, try the process of holding the buttons again.

• Click on the Ok button.

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Step 4: Hold the Alt/Option key on Mac or Shift key in Windows and then click on the Restore iPhone… (iPad/iPod touch…) button.

Step 5: Browse and select the iOS 11.4 IPSW file that you downloaded earlier.

Step 6: Then click on the Restore and Update button to continue, and proceed with the on-screen instructions.

Step 7: iTunes will now verify the software and install it on your device. It should take around 10 minutes.

Step 8: Once the downgrade process is complete, your iPhone or iPad should automatically restart and you will be greeted with the initial iOS 11 setup screen. Proceed to set up your device from this point. You can either restore your previous backup or set up the device as new depending on your preference.

If you wish to, you can install the iOS 12 beta on your iPhone or iPad again in the future. As for the final release of iOS 12, it is expected to drop sometime in September once Apple unveils its 208 iPhone lineup.

How to Hard Reset or Force Restart iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air or iPad mini

In this tutorial, we will show how easy it is to force restart or hard reset your iPad or iPad Pro.

STEP 1: Press Sleep/Wake or On/Off button

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake or On/Off button at the top of the STEP 2: Press Home button

At the same time, press and hold the Home button while keeping the Sleep/Wake button

pressed.

STEP 3: Keep holding Sleep/Wake and Home buttons

Pressing the Home button may end up invoking Siri, but keep holding both the buttons for at least 10 seconds until the screen turns black and then switches back on to display the Apple Logo.

Wait for a couple of seconds until your iPad boots up completely and displays the Lock screen.

That’s it. Now you know how to force restart or hard reset your iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air or iPad mini.

Let us know if you run into any issues with this method.

Security researcher bypasses iPhone’s limit on passcode attempts

It’s not easy breaking into a locked iPhone. Try too many times and you can get locked out for years, even decades, or lose the device’s data altogether. That’s why law enforcement had to put pressure on Apple to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, and why cops across the country are buying an affordable iPhone cracker called GrayKey. Hacker House cybersecurity firm co-founder Matthew Hickey, however, has discovered a way to bypass the device’s security measures, even if it’s running the latest version of Apple’s mobile platform. Apparently, a hacker will only need “a turned on, locked phone and a Lightning cable.”

Update: An Apple spokesperson has reached out and told us its devices have no vulnerability: “The recent report about a passcode bypass on iPhone was in error, and a result of incorrect testing.”

Hickey said that when an iPhone is plugged in and a hacker sends it passcode guesses using keyboard input (as opposed to typing on the screen), the action triggers an interrupt request that takes precedence over everything else. That means the iPhone would be too busy to erase the device if the attacker sends it one passcode guess after another. As a result, they can guess as many times as they want instead of being limited to 10 guesses.

Hickey said he already reported the vulnerability to Apple, noting that the bug isn’t difficult to identify and that there are probably other people who’d already found it before he did. Companies like Cellebrite, which unlocked the San Bernardino shooter’s phone for the feds, and GrayKey’s maker might even be using a similar brute force technique and taking advantage of the same bug to break into iPhones.

Cupertino might also be already aware of the vulnerability, which is why iOS 12 will feature a Restricted mode that will cut off an iPhone’s ability to connect to a USB accessory plugged into it after an hour. Since it takes much more than an hour to send a device every passcode combination possible, the new feature could prevent hackers and cracking devices from force unlocking iPhones.