1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar


    With the growing number of iOS devices and their firmwares, it can be hard to know exactly what firmware file to download, and where to get it. A new Mac tool makes it very easy to find and download the firmware file you need.

    The tool is called F1rmware by iOS developer Bradley Friedman of iOS development team Hashbang Productions.

    As shown above, the user interface is extremely easy to follow. Just select your iOS device, and then select the firmware for that device that you want to download for it. The list of iOS devices that you can choose from include:


    • iPhone 3GS
    • iPhone 4 (CDMA)
    • iPhone 4 (GSM)
    • iPhone 4S
    • iPhone 5 (CDMA)
    • iPhone 5 (GSM)
    • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi)
    • iPad 2 (CDMA)
    • iPad 2 (GSM)
    • iPad 3 (Wi-Fi)
    • iPad 3 (CDMA)
    • iPad 3 (GSM)
    • iPad 4 (Wi-Fi)
    • iPad 4 (CDMA)
    • iPad 4 (GSM)
    • iPad Mini (Wi-Fi)
    • iPad Mini (CDMA)
    • iPad Mini (GSM)
    • iPod touch 4
    • iPod touch 5


    The list of iOS firmwares that you can download with F1rmware include:


    • 5.0
    • 5.0.1
    • 5.1
    • 5.1.1
    • 6.0
    • 6.0.1
    • 6.0.2
    • 6.1
    • 6.1.1
    • 6.1.2


    Clicking on the download button opens your default Web browser to a link for the iOS firmware file that you can download. F1rmware is currently only available for Mac OS X, and can be downloaded for free from this link. The tool can be handy, and should prove useful if you need to download firmware in a hurry.

    Sources: Bradley Friedman
    Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 2013-03-07 at 01:12 AM.
    2013-03-07 12:44 AM
  2. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
    Does it auto-update with new releases?
    2013-03-07 12:47 AM
  3. 2k1's Avatar
    Very nice indeed help out a lot
    2013-03-07 12:47 AM
  4. micaiah12's Avatar
    Isn't there already the ipsw downloader on the hackstore?
    2013-03-07 12:50 AM
  5. S1rex's Avatar
    Does it auto-update with new releases?
    You will get a notification that an update is available when a new version of iOS is released.
    2013-03-07 12:59 AM
  6. ProfessorJack's Avatar
    I can not get this link to work ?

    I use ispwDownloader
    2013-03-07 01:10 AM
  7. Aehmlo's Avatar
    Another nice creation by Hashbang productions! Not that I know anything about that...
    2013-03-07 02:10 AM
  8. exNavy's Avatar
    I'll tell you how I find the firmware:

    itunes.com/version

    Find (insert number here i.e. 6.1.2).

    Of course you'll need the version of your phone like iphone 5,1 or what have you.

    Program sounds like a good idea provided it's updated right away and you are downloading from apple and not some virus site.
    2013-03-07 02:22 AM
  9. Adrian97c's Avatar
    If apple stops signing a prev FW, then you can only install the most recent for a5+, this def one of the most pointless tools I've ever seen lol
    2013-03-07 02:22 AM
  10. GrumpySod's Avatar
    If apple stops signing a prev FW, then you can only install the most recent for a5+, this def one of the most pointless tools I've ever seen lol
    Unless they find away to downgrade at some point
    2013-03-07 02:39 AM
  11. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
    If apple stops signing a prev FW, then you can only install the most recent for a5+, this def one of the most pointless tools I've ever seen lol
    But would someone with an A4 device agree with you?

    I mean sure, some people have A5+ devices, but why is it pointless just because A5 devices can't be downgraded?
    2013-03-07 03:29 AM
  12. MacOSG's Avatar
    2013-03-07 03:30 AM
  13. steve-z17's Avatar
    I tried it but it keeps giving me this message: "Sorry, I don't know about that firmware version." It happens everytime I try and get 6.1.2 for iPhone 5 GSM.....
    2013-03-07 04:37 AM
  14. novadam's Avatar
    it says the latest iOS version for iPhone is 6.0.2. that's like three firmware updates ago?
    2013-03-07 04:40 AM
  15. BhadKarma's Avatar
    But would someone with an A4 device agree with you?

    I mean sure, some people have A5+ devices, but why is it pointless just because A5 devices can't be downgraded?
    A4 device user still. And proud. So I disagree with that other dude about pointless. Mind you I get my firmware my own way. The program will be utilized by many. Thanks for the software.
    2013-03-07 05:27 AM
  16. Technologx's Avatar
    Hashbang has did it again lol
    2013-03-07 05:39 AM
  17. Bobski2000's Avatar
    Reckon they will do this for the PC? What a handy tool to have
    2013-03-07 06:30 PM
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