Today I took my old iPhone 5 to the Genius Bar to have them replace my sleep/wake button under the free program for failed iPhone 5 devices. They inspected it and noted that the screen was slightly raised and informed me that I had a battery bulge. This condition is a covered defect regardless of warranty date, and resulted in an immediate replacement of my device with a new (refurb) unit. I intend to keep this as a backup phone but just noticed that it has iOS 7.12 installed. Hence my dilemma. I'd love to install 8.1 (if they are still signing it) but I see no way to do so. I'd like to avoid 8.1.1 for now. I can't restore from my iPhone 5 backup because it has 8.1 and won't restore over v7. Any ideas anyone? @Europa ?