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What's the difference between DFU and Recovery Mode restore if I don't downgrade the firmware?

By rodion15
Nov 14, 2016
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  1. What's the difference between DFU and Recovery Mode restore if I don't downgrade the firmware?

    I've learnt that DFU bypasses the bootloader and allows to downgrade the firmware. However, in the normal DFU restores I'm used to seeing, we just let iTunes proceed with the restore and don't intervene in any way to choose any older firmware.

    We usually use DFU for iPhones stuck in the apple logo.

    What's the difference then in this case? Both DFU and Recovery Mode restores are reinstalling the iOS and Firmware on the iPhone aren't they?


    This is a Recovery Mode restore as I saw it in iTunes:
    both finish the restore with a firmware update as you can see:

    3’ 40” Extracting software /recovery mode screen
    16” Preparing iPhone for restore/iTunes is restoring the software / apple logo
    14” Waiting for iPhone and iTunes is resto../ apple logo
    10” Verifying iPhone restore and iTunes is resto../ apple logo
    2’ 20” restoring iPhone software and iTunes is resto../ apple logo
    2’ 50” restoring iPhone firmware and iTunes is resto../ apple logo
    2” Verifying iPhone restore / changes from apple logo to black screen and disappears from iTunes
     

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