If you are a regular reader of our blog, then chances are you have already installed Apple's most advanced mobile operating system to date, the iOS 5 which was released earlier this month. And if you have jailbroken iOS 5 into your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, then you will know that tethered jailbreak was initially the option that you are left with. But last week, a new type of jailbreak was made possible, thanks to a jailbreak tweak called SemiTether which paved way for semi-tethered iOS 5 jailbreaks.
According to theBigBoss.org, semi-tethered jailbreak has received a big update today. The new version of the SemiTether tweak is now numbered v0.9.1 and mainly incorporates Saurik's new Mobile Substrate. It seems that from now on the developers will be getting rid of all the daemon patching, all patching will be done through Mobile Substrate from now on. Now this new version of the SemiTether tweak will protect your iOS 5 Notification Center plugins and will provide the user an option to patch Mobile Safari so that it will still be functional even after a reboot.
Summary of changes from theBigBoss.org:
- Much more stable with new mobile substrate
- Can patch safari so it works in the non-jailbreak reboot mode
- App to monitor the status of your semitether and reapply. Check after cydia installs.
This new version should also solve some "flakiness" problems that users have experienced before thus making it more stable. The developers are warning that SemiTether is still on its beta phase so you are advised to install this tweak at your own risk. But if your device is already sporting a semi-tethered jailbreak, then I don't see any reason why you shouldn't update unless you enjoy using outdated software and its issues.
For the uninitiated, a semi-tethered jailbreak is pretty much the next best thing to an untethered jailbreak. As you all know about the limitations of a tethered jailbreak, shutting down or rebooting your device will render it unusable until you've managed to connect it to a computer and run it through a jailbreak program such as Redsn0w. Now with a semi-tethered jailbreak, such limitations are watered down. Now after a reboot, your device will remain usable except that you won't be able to access your jailbreak tweaks and apps. A very useful solution when you are in situation where you can't access a computer.
But of course since this is a tweak which can only be found in Cydia, you will need to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to iOS 5 first. To help you out, do check out our Redsn0w iOS 5 tethered jailbreak guide. After that, you can convert it to a semi-tethered jailbreak by following our semi-tethered tutorial. As of now unfortunately, no word yet for an untethered solution. But you can trust that we will let you know once it's available.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback