Apple mistakenly made older versions of iOS available to iPhone and iPad owners over the weekend, briefly allowing users to downgrade from iOS 11 back to iOS 10.
The California company has long had a policy of not allowing users to switch back to older versions of its mobile platform, even when they do not like the upgrade.
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However, Apple made versions of iOS 10 and iOS 9 available from its servers for a short period, albeit mistakenly. Hardcore iPhone users instantly hopped on the error and made the move.
The change was especially welcomed by iPhone 7 owners, who saw their devices throttled by the iOS 11.2 update. The latter caused uproar at the end of 2017 when it was revealed Apple was intentionally slowing older phones, in what it claimed was a bid to improve the longevity of the batteries in its products.
That issue led directly to the company slashing the cost of replacement batteries for iPhones to just £25, although it replacement programme is now so oversubscribed that users need to wait until March to get a new power pack.