From the first version of iPhone OS, the files or firmware of an iOS device It has the extension .ipsw (iPhone Software). One way to explain what a .ipsw file is would be to say that it is the disk images of an operating system for an iOS device. In some Mac programs, the disk image is a .dmg, in many other programs these images reach us in .iso format and, although they are not going to be burned to a disc, this type of images for the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad are the .ipsw files.
As firmware or operating system they are, the .ipws files will be necessary to update or restore an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad from iTunes, so we can only open them with the native Apple player, both Mac and Windows computers (not available for Linux). Explained this, there is still much to explain and in the rest of this post we will try to resolve all your doubts regarding the firmwares of iOS devices.
Where do you save iTunes firmwares
As different operating systems that are, when iTunes downloads a firmware for an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, it does so in different routes depending on whether we have downloaded it on Mac or on Windows. The routes will be the following:
~ / Library / iTunes / iPhone Software Updates
In order to access this folder, we have to open the Finder, click on the Go menu and press the ALT key, which will make the library.
C: / users / (Username) / AppData / Roaming / Apple Computer / iTunes / iPhone Software Updates
In Windows the folders will be hidden, so we will have to enable “Show hidden folders” or simply copy and paste the path in the address bar of File Browser.
How to open an IPSW in iTunes
Although .ipsw files are only for iTunes, will not open automatically If we double click on them. To open them we will have to do the following:
- We open iTunes
- We select our device from the upper left.
- And this is where the important thing comes: we press the ALT key and click on Restore or Update.
- We look for the .ipsw file and accept.
How to open an IPSW file on a Mac
In Windows the process is almost traced, with the only difference that we will have to replace the ALT key with Shift (capital letter). For everything else, the process is exactly that of Mac.
How to know if Apple continues to sign an iOS version
Although it is true that in Actualidad iPhone we usually notify when they stop signing an iOS version, it is also true that we may want to know the status of a version that we have published an article for a long time. The best way to know if Apple signs an iOS version is as follows
- Let's go to the ipsw.me website
- We select the firmware for our device
- We display the firmware menu and, in that same section, we will see in green if that version of iOS is still signed. Easier impossible.
On the same website we can also access the “Signed Firmwares” section or directly by clicking on this link. Once on that website, we just have to choose our device and check if Apple continues signing the version that interests us.
Where to download any version of iOS for iPhone or iPad
Recently, a very good and updated website was closed from where we could download any firmware or Apple operating system, as well as knowing if a firmware was still being signed. In any case, in addition to the previous website we always have the classic and easy to remember option of getios. It is easy to remember because it is "get iOS" in English (Get iOS) .com. In getios.com we will have available all the firmwares we may need. In fact, there are some available that are no longer signed, so it is 100% certain that we can download any firmware for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple TV that continues to be signed.
Where to download the latest version of iTunes
On Mac, iTunes is installed by default. In any case, we can always remove it by mistake or for some reason, for which we would have to reinstall it. For this, it will be enough for us to go to the official iTunes website and download it. The same website is valid for both Mac and Windows and will offer us the download of one or another version depending on the system from which we visit the web.
If we want to download a different version, we just have to scroll down and select “Get iTunes for Windows” for Windows or “Get iTunes for Mac” to download the version for OS X.
Remember that it is very important update iTunes to install the latest versions of iOS on our iPhone or iPad, that's why we will explain how it is done.
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How to update iTunes
If we want to use a new function or make sure that we are using the latest version of iTunes, we will have to check if we are using the most updated version. Here’s how to update iTunes on both Windows and Mac:
- To update iTunes on Mac, just open the Mac App Store and enter the Updates section. On the other hand, if we have automatic updates activated, we will receive a notification that an update is available. If we accept the notification, it will download and install it automatically.
- If we want to update iTunes on Windows it also says that it is updated automatically but, since I don't use it much, I'm not sure at all. What I do know is that if we open iTunes and there is a more updated version, we will receive a notification that will take us to the web to download the new version of Apple's media player.
I think that's all. I hope I have helped you and that you no longer have any doubts related to the .ipsw files. If not, is there anything you would be interested to know about firmwares for iOS?
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