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Does restoring to factory settings change firmware?

3174 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 9, 2010 2:51 AM by Malcolm Rayfield RSS
dankton12 Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
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Oct 9, 2010 2:10 AM
A colleague is looking at an unlocked 3gs iPhone advertised for sale which is running on firmware 4.1.

He is aware of the problems a lot of people have experienced with this firmware on a 3gs and has been attracted by the seller stating; +'the phone can be restored to __factory settings__ prior to sale which will downgrade the firmware to 3.1.3 as some people prefer this version'+

Does a restore to factory settings also wind-back the firmware without jailbreaking? I was under the impression that this was not possible.

Also as the phone is officially unlocked by the carrier 02 would a factory reset reverse the unlocking?
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  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,570 points)
    Restoring any iphone through itunes will put the current firmware on the phone. Apple makes no provision to downgrade firmware.

    Also as the phone is officially unlocked by the carrier 02 would a factory reset reverse the unlocking?


    Updating firmware or restoring an officially unlocked iphone has no effect on the unlock. If officially unlocked, it will remain unlocked. Its only hacked phones that get re-locked to the carrier they were originally locked to.
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  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,570 points)
    The only firmware available from Apple is iOS 4.1 for an iphone 3GS. iOS 4.1 addressed & fixed the issues some users reported with iOS 4.0.
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  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
    He is aware of the problems a lot of people have experienced with this firmware on a 3GS

    The iPhone 3G had problems with iOS 4 (fixed in 4.1), but the iPhone 3GS worked fine.
    +'the phone can be restored to __factory settings__ prior to sale which will downgrade the firmware to 3.1.3 as some people prefer this version'+

    False.
    Does a restore to factory settings also wind-back the firmware without jailbreaking?

    No.
    Mac Pro (Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 3GS 4.1

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