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How do I update(4Gen iPod-Touch w/iOS 4) to iOS 5,when iTunes suggests iOS 6

I'm on IOS-4 & wana know how to install the latest ver of IOS-5 that retains G-Map functionality

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My lil girl lost all Home-Button Functionality on her 4Gen iPod Touch(iOS 4) We tried all the lil uTube fixs but nothing took. Now it's outa warrantee & it just won't click no more.

After a lil research,I learned iOS 5 includes a "Virtual Home Button" & could be a temporary fix to her problem.So update it already,rite ? Well,I learned a long time ago,that I'm better off doing research "before updating an Apple Device" rather than after. So I got questions

In the past I postponed updating her iTouch from iOS 4 to iOS 5,because she never had the time & all the bad press each update brought didn't help either. Only now,I'm kinda forced into updating it. So your probably saying,No Biggie Dude,just plug it in,back it up & update dat Bizznitch!

But I still got questions. See,I don't wana fully update her iTouch,least-ways not clean up to iOS 6 Because I read that Google Maps gets Wacked in iOS 6 & I don't care to loose that functionality just yet,least ways till Apple sorts it all out. And evidently alot of other people feel the same way,because I've read where folks are Downgrading back to iOS 5,just to get G-Maps back.

So,here's the crux of our issue. She's currently runnin iOS 4 & when we sync up via data cable to PC, iTunes offers iOS 6 as the suggested update,but we don't wana install iOS 6 just yet. Instead we want the latest version of iOS 5 that retains G-Map functionality.

So we wana know how to download/install/upgrade directly to that version of iOS 5 Instead of thee alternative (Updating iOS 4 to iOS 6 & then Backgrading to iOS 5.?) Thanks for any direction Xproject187

asked Nov 11 '12 at 03:11

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edited Nov 11 '12 at 03:47

Too late, in order to install ios 5 you had to do it before Apple stopped signing the OS, in the future, if you are looking to downgrade, you should save the devices SHSH with Tinyumbrella, for know the only option you have is to upgrade to ios 6 since you don't have the SHSH of ios 5.

answered Nov 11 '12 at 08:56

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iOS 5 is somehere out there

(Nov 11 '12 at 18:08) Xproject187 Xproject187's gravatar image

Try going on here: http://www.felixbruns.de/iPod/firmware/, and downloading the firmware for your device. Then to upgrade to iOS 5, go into DFU mode. Here's a video on how to do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9BFanKzCKc

Good Luck!

answered Nov 11 '12 at 18:16

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DJ Scooby Doo

Thank you "DJ Scooby Doo" I'll look into this tonite,but if I recall correctly entering "DFU Mode" requires the use of our "Home-Button" & if you noticed at the top of my post I'd stated that we'd lost all Home-Button functionality.

Anyway,I thought there might be a way to download iOS 5 & run the install like a backup or something,but truth is,I've never updated an OS on any Apple Product before,so I really don't know if thats how it works & thought better to ask instead of just diving in. Anyway I'm off to watch this video Thanks

(Nov 12 '12 at 23:17) Xproject187 Xproject187's gravatar image

okay honestly the reason you have been complaining about not updating are ridiculous. Yes Apple maps are worse than the Google Maps that used to be on there, however, I never use Maps on my iPod Touch anyway. There is really no reason to worry about it. Your daughter will not even notice that it has changed.

If the only reason your daughter cannot use her iPod is because you are afraid of change there then you need to let it go. There is never going to be a perfect operating system someone is always going to have something to complain about. So if you are worried about what you read online, just update it so that your daughter can use it. As long as you don't mess with the iPod while it is updating you should have no problems. I like iOS6 besides the Apple Maps because it is faster and seems much more stable than previous versions.

answered Nov 11 '12 at 12:10

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I haven't prsonally been complaining but maybe your rite

(Nov 11 '12 at 18:06) Xproject187 Xproject187's gravatar image

TheTechDude "I never use Maps on my iPod Touch anyway" @ TheTechDude(Yeah,but I do)

Props to all who gave helpfull replies. As for TheTechDude getin all sideways on me,for asking if what I'd imagined might work,would work. I'll say this; I posted for help. Not to awaken the Kraken & have it crawl out from Under-Hell full of dread for all who dare disturb it's slumber.

Now maybe your tired of helping the less informed,I don't know? But I reread my post & I saw No Complaining in it & then I reread your reply. Now you were very condescending & I was left to wonder if you'd succeded in undermining the validity of my concerns,ultimately affecting my request for help & even though it may be too late

I add this quote from Cnet,hoping to show members "why" I opt for iOS 5 over 6. But more importantly,in hopes that I might still be able to find a member able/willing to offer a helpfull reply,instead of one designed to nullify my concerns.

@ Cnet Suraj Sharma sums things up -- He's "hating the new App Store and Maps app... they are kinda useless now it's hard to find stuff. The other small improvements in iOS 6 are good, however iOS 6 is a massive disappointment compared to the impressive iOS 4 and iOS 5 updates."

"ITouch4g. So Slow Now & Less Free RAM" http://reviews.cnet.com/operating-systems/apple-ios-6/4864-3671_7-35440659-2.html

iOS 6.0.1 WiFi Issues Still Not Fixed http://easternmorningherald.com/ios-6-0-1-bug-fix-update-now-available-wifi-issues-still-not-resolved/1221946/

"WIFI Problems" http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57521212-37/ios-6-users-continue-to-grapple-with-wi-fi-problems/

"MAPS" http://crave.cnet.co.uk/mobiles/ios-6-reactions-mixed-as-apple-maps-leaves-you-feeling-lost-50009254/

(Nov 13 '12 at 08:02) Xproject187 Xproject187's gravatar image

Unfortunately, due to Apple's pointless design within iOS devices you cannot downgrade (or even upgrade to a version that is older than the newest version) without saving the device's SHSH blobs for iOS 5.x. using Tiny Umbrella. SHSH Blobs are signed by Apple's servers and used to allow iOS firmware versions to be installed on iOS devices (I think Apple started this when they switched iOS devices to ARMv7 iPhone 3GS/iPod Touch 3G). When you install an iOS firmware version it requests signed SHSH blobs from Apple's servers for your specific device and iOS version. The problem is that Apple's servers will only sign SHSH blobs for the newest iOS versions the device can support by Apple, which in your case is iOS 6.

What Tiny Umbrella does is save the signed SHSH blobs to your computer so you can easily use them later to downgrade (or upgrade) iOS to a lower version, but since Apple is no longer signing SHSH blobs for iOS 5 you can't use Tiny Umbrella to get an SHSH blob for it. Also even if you saved the SHSH blobs for your daughter's iPod Touch for iOS 5 it's still a pain to get it to work. It took me several hours to update my iPod Touch 4G from 5.0.1 to 5.1.1 with my device's SHSH blobs and I had to use some 3rd party tools to restore the firmware since POS iTunes (on both my Mac and Windows computers) kept giving me errors.

Though, there might be some jailbreak-related hack out there that might help you out with your specific problem.

In the future make sure to back up the SHSH blobs of your iOS devices every time a new iOS version is released just in case you want to downgrade to older version or upgrade to a newer/older version.

answered Nov 13 '12 at 05:11

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edited Nov 13 '12 at 05:40

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