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
Answer by Juancastim135 · Nov 11, 2012 at 10:56 AM
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.
Answer by DJ Scooby Doo · Nov 11, 2012 at 08:16 PM
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
Answer by TheTechDude · Nov 11, 2012 at 02:10 PM
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.
Answer by nickjuly4 · Nov 13, 2012 at 07:11 AM
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.