You can download ipsw firmware files directly from Apple servers and place it in your computers iTunes directory . Follow the instructions below to locate the directory where iTunes saves .ipsw files which is mostly hidden as a system folder .
For Mac Users :
~username/Library/iTunes/iPod Software Updates/
For Windows Users :
%Userprofile%\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates
%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPod Software Updates
%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPad Software Updates
For Windows users it is the easiest click Start > Run and copy and paste the text as shown above . Sometimes the above mentioned folders are hidden and cannot be found using search option .
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Things to know :
- There are several reasons to find where iTunes saves firmware files . You can download .ipsw files from Apple servers and transfer it to a computer where there is slow/no internet and update your iOS device .
- Many times iTunes show restore errors while upgrading via SHIFT + Restore method . You can directly place the files in iTunes directory , click on restore or update and iTunes will start using the latest file for the update without downloading .