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Restore to a Fresh, Clean Version of Your Current Firmware With Semi-Restore Tool [No Blobs/APTickets Required]

With iOS 6, one can say that many of the usual jailbreak-related tasks have been made extra difficult by Apple. With past iOS versions, you can easily downgrade or re-restore to a certain firmware without the fear of updating to the latest iOS version. As you all by now, Apple has patched the Evasi0n exploit in iOS 6.1.3. So if you are on iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S, re-restoring to iOS 6.x is not possible. Fortunately, there is a new tool in the works that allows you to have a fresh version of your current firmware without updating to the latest un-jailbreakable firmware.

Semi-Restore Tool

That's right ladies and gents, there is a new tool currently in the works called Semi-Restore which will enable users to do a clean, semi-restore to the iOS version that they're currently running. For example, if you wish to run a fresh, clean new version of iOS 6.1.2 on your iPhone 5, you can use this tool to perform a semi-restore. So basically, it's not a full restore since that will force you to update to iOS 6.1.3 but you will still be able to enjoy a fresh version of your current firmware.

There are a couple of requirements before you can hope to use the Semi-Restore tool:

  • 5-10 minutes of your time!
  • A computer running Windows or Mac OS X
  • OpenSSH and APT 0.7 Strict (NOT THE LIB) installed on your device
  • An SSH client on your computer (USB version coming soon)

The best thing about this tool is that it doesn't even require SHSH blobs or APTickets. However, keep in mind that this will NOT help you downgrade or upgrade your firmware version. Semi-Restore will only help you have a clean version of the firmware that you are currently running.

As of this writing, Semi-Restore is 60% done, and performing the second-round of beta testing. The tool is compatible with all jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini models running iOS 5.0 through 6.1.2. So what do you think of this pretty neat tool? [via Semi-Restore]

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    ano8 years, 4 months ago

    Will it also help restore if the phone wasn’t booting, say if it was due to corrupt firmware?

    pointing out the obvious8 years, 4 months ago

    umm, doesn’t “erase all content and settings” do the same thing?  

      Patrick Gumban8 years, 4 months ago

      Good point! But we’ll see how the tool really works once it comes out! :)