How can I upgrade to iOS 5.1.1 after the release of iOS 6?

Asked September 21, 2012 at 7:30am by chaug | 52742 views | Mark as Spam
I have a jailbroken iPad 2 running on iOS 5.0.1 I failed to upgrade to 5.1.1 before Apple released iOS 6, so now the common instructions for doing the 5.1.1 upgrade/ jailbreak wont work anymore since I cannot upgrade to 5.1.1 through iTunes anymore. I'm assuming that I need to upgrade to iOS 6 and then downgrade to iOS 5.1.1, but I'm wondering whether it's not possible to directly restore 5.1.1 without iTunes. I have downloaded the Firmware and stitched it with my SHSH blobs from Cydia using RedSn0w 0.9.13dev4. But I'm not sure how to go on from there or whether I'm on the right track at all.
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denkyo999 - September 29, 2012 at 1:38pm
yeah, I tried every possible way to update my ipad 2 4.3.3 to 5.1.1 yesterday september 29,2012 and there is no way to do so because it's too late.. apple already official using the latest ios 6 to all platforms.. all we can do is to wait for the stable untethered ios 6 jailbreak.. hopefully, it will be ASAP =)
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chaug - September 26, 2012 at 10:07pm
It appears that Apple has stopped signing iOS 5.1.1., so the question is, how do I restore 5.1.1. now? I do have the blobs and the IPSW...
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chaug - September 26, 2012 at 9:54pm
@C1NY: I have tried your suggestion but I receive iTunes Error 3194. I have removed all references to apple.com in the hosts file but it still doesnt work.
I have also tried to run Tiny Umbrella and run the TTS server (I have downloaded all my SHSH blobs) and then tried your instructions but then I get itunes error 11...
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C1NY - September 25, 2012 at 10:52pm
I believe Apple is still signing 5.1.1 signatures, while it's still being signed you can upgrade to 5.1.1 via iTunes. First you would need the IPSW for 5.1.1 which you can find here on iClarified.

iPad firmware download: http://iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=8500

Once you have 5.1.1 firmware

1. Open iTunes
2. For Mac; click option/restore in itunes and select 5.1.1 firmware you just downloaded and confirm restore.

For Win; right click on restore button, select the 5.1.1 firmware you just downloaded and confirm restore.

Hope this helps you out and remember Apple will stop signing 5.1.1 signatures soon. Once they stop signing you will not be able to upgrade to 5.1.1
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NoGoodNick - September 21, 2012 at 7:25pm
I believe you can downgrade to iOS 5.1.1 or even 5.1, but I'm not sure if you can do it to v5.0.1. The best bet is to visit the Firmware Umbrella website, as they'll know what Apple allows. They also have a full collection of different iOSes for different devices, though the problem is what Apple will "authorize".

Nope, checked. You can't back up unless you have 5.1.1. That's an Apple imposed limitation.
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