Restore ipad to factory settings without updating 1800sex
Although you can erase all content and settings as instructed by Larry, that will not reinstall a fresh copy of i OS 7.0.4.So if you have a problem in i OS 7 I don't think it will work.(not interested in jailbreaking)Thanks again, even if it isn't what I wanted to hear. Apple phone support told me I could restore without an update this morning, but when I followed the restore directions they emailed, i Tunes clearly said it would "install the latest i Phone software" so I stopped there. My AT&T unlock directions say to restore to unlock my i Phone, but I DO NOT want i OS 6.Is there another way to legally unlock without restoring?It will only work for any firmware versions which Apple is approving (signing SHSH blobs).There is a step during any restore where i Tunes checks with Apple servers verifying that the firmware file (even if you downloaded it from google) should be installed.If you haven't used these when 5.1.1 was available, there is no way you can now restore to 5.1.1. This is the same situation I experienced with i OS 5 when I was using a 3GS.These tools and methods are not supported by Apple anyway, but they don't necessarily involve jailbreaking. Once I upgraded to 5, the phone was as sluggish as a snail uphill.
i Tunes said it would restore and update to the latest software.
When you update or restore, your copy of i Tunes requests permission from an Apple server to install that specific firmware to your specific device. I'm really mad about my phone being held hostage by Apple. It's nice that Apple is innovating constantly, and that's great, but sometimes as a consumer you make choices based on other very important factors too like cost.
Some tools exist that request this permission for the latest firmware and store the "OK" reply from the Apple servers. Looks like I'm screwed by Apple, with no way to restore or unlock without a downgrade (yes downgrade) to i OS 6. Therefore you do not buy an i Phone every time it comes out.
I am now sure I would not upgrade to i Phone 6 or whatever's next if this same kind of restrictions are set in place forcing me to do whatever Apple wants. I know there is are some options under Settings-Reset to wipe the phone; which ones of these and in what order did you do? Did you have to set the phone up as a new phone or anything? Easiest way to do this is to go to Settings - General - Reset - Erase All Contents and Settings. Before all this you have to download firmware you want, google it and you will find it.
After firmware has been installed you restore backup from last sync and you are ready to go. As far as I know, the method madmax_mfp outlines will not always work.