The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, along with the current iPad Air 2, gather all of the attention for being Apple’s flagship devices today, and rightly so in all sincerity. However exactly what about those people who prefer to keep things traditional and still regularly use an iPhone 4s or a second-generation iPad? The good news is, a jailbreak designer has chosen to reveal a little love to the aforementioned older hardware by releasing a little utility that allows those with semi-vintage devices to be downgraded to run an older version of iOS.

There was a time when going over the capability to downgrade an iOS device to an earlier version of the mobile os was a much discussed process. In truth, it was nearly as popular a topic as the art of jailbreaking itself. Naturally, downgrading generally required SHSH balls to be saved for the device, which in turn meant that the user had to do a little manual work to guarantee the success of the process prior to Apple stopped officially signing the older firmware. This latest device, called OdysseusOTA, makes downgrading those devices to iOS 6.1.3 possible without the need for stored SHSH balls, which implies you do not even need to tinker around with an energy such as TinyUmbrella to make the magic occur.

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Why downgrade to 6.1.3 from iOS 7 or 8? Efficiency. As you might already understand, iOS 7 and iOS 8 makes these older-gen devices very slow and sluggish to make use of. If the absence of performance troubles you a lot, this device might just assist.

OdysseusOTAworks like this: The devices that support iOS 5.0.1, iPhone 4s and iPad 2, need to initially upgrade to iOS 6.1.3 via OTA before they can receive any newest firmware update. This is obviously due to a bug by Apple in the code and is the reason why 6.1.3 is still being signed by Apple. OdysseusOTA makes the most of this scenario, as explained by the developer:

This tool will just deal with devices that support iOS 5.0.1. This indicates that just the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S is supported. It doesn’t matter if your device came with iOS 5.1+ as long as you have a device that can support iOS 5.0.1 you are good.

Why? Due to the fact that Apple slipped up in their code and devices that are on iOS 5.0.1 MUST upgrade to iOS 6.1.3 (if they are updating through OTA) in order for their trick to be able to upgrade (once again) to most current iOS version.

Obviously, to be able to benefit from this, the device in question you would have to be jailbroken currently and after that downgrade utilizing OdysseusOTAdevice. Not only will the downgrade procedure provide a smoother, more pleasurable experience that appeared to be robbed from these heritage devices by the intro of iOS 7.x, however it’s likewise possible to jailbreak making use of the P0sixpwn device on 6.1.3 as soon as downgraded.

Although OdysseusOTA is a dazzling little tool to bring back the good old skeuomorphic days of iOS 6, it’s worth keeping in mind that a lot of App Store apps and Cydia extensions have long since removed compatibility with this particular firmware.

Check out the video tutorial below on the best ways to downgrade to iOS 6.1.3 using OdysseusOTA. While iPhone 4s is supported instantly, support for iPad 2 will be included quickly:

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