Well, I don't know a lot about iOS, but when the neighbours came to me with a bricked iPad 4 Mini last summer, after several trials I was able to restore it to factory defaults thanx to DR Fone.
Note well that I had to try & retry until finally the iPad battery was fully drained.
I think I downloaded the iOS .IPA to one of my Macs, connected the iPad with a USB cable, and restored it via DR Fone.
A feat which would have been impossible via iTunes probably. Because iTunes always wants you to download the latest version of iOS.
Dr Fone isn't that pickish.
Just make sure you download the latest possible make of iOS for your device. Finding that wil cost you some trial & error, but will work in the end.
Well, a lot of trial & error, but success in the end!
I'm always on the lookout to bypass iTunes. In that perspective, Android is a lot more permissive...
I tried iMazing, but got the same message saying I needed to upgrade the iOS, but after a long wait, it said the update wasnít on the server. Iím guessing the phone has some version of iOS 8 and iOS 9 is probably the latest version it could handle.
Before I started this, I could use the iPhone as a bedside clock, but I had set it up for a relative with a password that nobody remembers. I thought I could reset it to factory and start from scratch and at least play solitaire on it.
Now all I get is the screen showing it wants to be plugged into iTunes.
I tried both iMazing and DrFone, found the iOS 9.3.5 download, but the price tag for the software stopped me. I donít know if this old phone is worth $70
But all is not lost!
A few months ago I was selling an old iPad, somebody ďborrowedĒ it to try it out and used some random characters to create a password. It cost me $125 at the fixer place to get it restored. Had I known about these apps, I could have done it myself.